Your Local Slam

Slam poets compete against one another, but also collectively as teams. Teams are generally organized around performance venues, their local slam homes. They compete with neighboring teams to hone their skills and sometimes compete in regional team slams for bragging rights. When they feel ready, they might step up to compete in the big top, the annual National Poetry Slam.

P4 has compiled a list of slams from information provided by Poetry Slam, Inc., the Nationals promoter, and from scouring the Internet. The information is searchable by Province or State, and City to help you find a team and its venue near you. P4 tracks all the basic information we can about each slam, but click on the link to the slam's websites for full details. 

A few notes about this list:

  • IMPORTANT:  Note that this listing contains both active and inactive slams.  If you want to search only active slams, be sure to select that option before your search.
  • Try as we might, no list of slam teams or venues can ever be complete or up-to-date. Teams form and dissolve and venues shift from place to place or go out of business, all without notice. 
  • If you see any errors or oversights in this list, please get in touch. We’ll do our best to update our list with your information. Thanks.
  • If you are an organizer with any of these venues, or know of any slams that are now listed here, definitely let us know!
Slam Name Country Active? State/Province City Main Website
Peterborough Poetry Slam Canada Active Ontario Peterborough Link
Phoenix Poetry Slam United States Active Arizona Phoenix Link
Piedmont Slam United States Inactive North Carolina Winston Salem Link
Poetry & Beer United States Inactive New Mexico Albuquerque Link
Poetry for Progress Canada Active Nova Scotia Halifax
Poetry Slam Ashville United States Active North Carolina Ashville Link
Poetz Realm United States Active Connecticut Bridgeport Link
Port Veritas United States Active Maine Portland Link
Portland Poetry Slam United States Active Oregon Portland Link
Providence Poetry Slam United States Active Rhode Island Providence Link
Pulse Poetry Slam United States Active New York Jamestown Link
Punch Out Poetry Slam United States Inactive Minnesota St. Paul Link
Pure Ink Poetry Slam United States Active New York Buffalo Link
Puro Slam United States Active Texas San Antonio Link
Queen City Poetry Slam United States Active Ohio Cincinnati Link
Queen's Poetry Slam Canada Active Ontario Kingston Link
Rain City Slam United States Active Washington Seattle Link
Red Dirt Poetry Slam United States Active Oklahoma Oklahoma City Link
Respect da mic United States Active North Carolina Charlotte Link
Roc Bottom Poetry Slam United States Active New York Rochester Link

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