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
Dayton Poetry Slam United States Active Ohio Dayton Link
Urban Echo Poetry Slam United States Inactive Michigan Detroit Link
Hawaii Slam United States Active Hawaii Honolulu Link
Lobo Slam United States Active New Mexico Albequerque Link
Humboldt Poetry Slam United States Active California Eureka Link
Seattle Poetry Slam United States Active Washington Seattle Link
Spoken Views Collective United States Active Nevada Reno Link
Root-N-Slam Poetry Series United States Inactive Ohio Lakewood Link
Kalamazoo Poetry Slam United States Inactive Michigan Kalamazoo Link
Maui SLAM! United States Active Hawaii Makawao Link
The Drunken Retort United States Active Michigan Grand Rapids Link
Life Sentence United States Inactive California Fairfield Link
Spokane Poetry Slam United States Active Washington Spokane Link
Nitty Gritty Slam United States Active New York Albany Link
Red Dirt Poetry Slam United States Active Oklahoma Oklahoma City Link
SlamMN! United States Active Minnesota Minneapolis Link
Des Moines Poetry Slam United States Active Iowa Des Moines Link
The People Poetry Slam United States Active Ohio Cleveland Link
Da Poetry Lounge United States Active California Los Angeles Link
Urban Spoken Word United States Active Wisconsin Madison Link

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