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 Citysort descending Main Website
Hot Springs Valley Open Mic Night United States Active Arkansas
Nitty Gritty Slam United States Active New York Albany Link
Out-Spoken United States Active New Mexico Albuquerque Link
To the Last Word United States Active New Mexico Albuquerque Link
Slam of Enchantment United States Active New Mexico Albuquerque Link
ABQ Slams United States Active New Mexico Albuquerque Link
Final Friday Poetry Slam United States Active New Mexico Albuquerque Link
MASPoetry Slam United States Inactive New Mexico Albuquerque Link
Poetry & Beer United States Inactive New Mexico Albuquerque Link
Slam Aztlan United States Inactive New Mexico Albuquerque Link
Slamarillo Poetry Slam United States Inactive Texas Amarillo Link
Hampshire College Slam Collective United States Inactive Massachusetts Amherst Link
The Ann Arbor Poetry Slam United States Active Michigan Ann Arbor Link
Inkwell Poetry Slam United States Active Texas Arlington Link
Natty Roots and Rhyme United States Active Texas Arlington Link
Unlimited Poetry Slam United States Active Texas Arlington Link
Poetry Slam Ashville United States Active North Carolina Ashville Link
Austin NeoSoul United States Active Texas Austin Link
Austin Poetry Slam United States Active Texas Austin Link
Speak Out: Slammageddon United States Active Maryland Baltimore

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