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?sort descending State/Province City Main Website
The Fuze United States Active Pennsylvania Philadelphia Link
Uptown Poetry Slam United States Active Illinois Chicago Link
LanarkLips Canada Active Ontario Carleton Place
Killeen Poetry Slam United States Active Texas Killeen Link
Northampton Poetry United States Active Massachusetts Northampton Link
Loud Poets Scotland Active Edinburgh Link
Youth Speaks Seattle United States Active Washington Seattle Link
WU-Slam United States Active Missouri St. Louis Link
Phoenix Poetry Slam United States Active Arizona Phoenix Link
Art, Poetry, and Justice Slam United States Active Mississippi Jackson Link
Poetry & Beer United States Active New Mexico Albuquerque Link
Bayou City Poetry Slam United States Active Texas Houston Link
Main Street Art & Culture Slam United States Active Florida Deland Link
Steel City Slam United States Active Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Link
Guelph Poetry Slam Canada Active Ontario Guelph Link
Laredo BorderSlam Poetry United States Active Texas Laredo Link
7Hills Slam United States Active Massachusetts Worcester Link
Hammer and Tongue United Kingdom Active Brighton Link
Fayetteville Word Wars United States Active Arkansas Fayetteville Link
Poetry Slam Asheville United States Active North Carolina Asheville Link