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
Rockford Certified Slam United States Active Illinois Rockford Link
Rockland Poets United States Active New York Nyack Link
Rocktown Slam United States Inactive Arkansas Little Rock Link
Root-N-Slam Poetry Series United States Active Ohio Lakewood Link
Ruckus Slam Australia Active Queensland Brisbane Link
Ruckus Slam Australia Active Victoria Northcote Link
Salt City Slam United States Active Utah Salt Lake City Link
San Diego Poetry Slam United States Inactive California San Diego Link
San Jose Poetry Slam United States Inactive California San Jose Link
Say What Upstate Poetry Slam United States Active South Carolina Greenville Link
Seattle Poetry Slam United States Active Washington Seattle Link
Sedona Poetry Slam United States Active Arizona Sedona Link
She Speaks United States Active Ohio Cleveland Link
Silver City Slam United States Inactive New Mexico Silver City Link
Siren Slam United States Inactive Arizona Flagstaff Link
Sit N' Spin United States Active California Sacramento Link
Slam Aztlan United States Inactive New Mexico Albuquerque Link
Slam Free or Die United States Active New Hampshire Manchester Link
Slam New Orleans United States Active Louisiana New Orleans Link
Slam Nuba United States Active Colorado Denver Link