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 Countrysort descending Active? State/Province City Main Website
Commonwealth Slam United States Active Virginia Fredericksburg Link
Orange City Poetry Slam United States Inactive Iowa Orange City Link
Fort Worth Poetry Slam United States Inactive Texas Fort Worth Link
Brass Knuckles United States Inactive California Los Angeles Link
Pulse Poetry Slam United States Active New York Jamestown Link
Kansas City Poetry Slam United States Active Missouri Kansas City Link
The Writer's Den Poetry Slam United States Active Virginia Richmond Link
Boise Poetry Slam United States Active Idaho Boise Link
Houston VIP Poetry Slam United States Active Texas Houston Link
Oakland Poetry Slam United States Active California Oakland Link
Bowery Slam United States Active New York New York Link
St. Louis Poetry Slam United States Inactive Missouri St. Louis Link
Omaha Poetry Slam United States Active Nebraska Omaha
Chicago Four Star Poetry Club United States Active Illinois Chicago Link
Write About Now United States Active Texas Houston Link
Tourettes Without Regrets United States Active California Oakland Link
LionLike MindState United States Active California Upland Link
Louder Arts United States Inactive New York New York Link
MoPoetry Slam United States Active Missouri Springfield Link
Art, Poetry, and Justice Slam United States Active Mississippi Jackson Link

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