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
Spoken Views Collective United States Active Nevada Reno Link
Spoken Word in the City United States Inactive Mississippi Jackson
St. Catherines Poetry Slam Canada Active Ontario St. Catherines Link
St. Louis Poetry Slam United States Inactive Missouri St. Louis Link
Steel City Slam United States Active Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Link
Suffern Poetry United States Active New York Nyack Link
Sugar Slam United States Active Utah Salt Lake City Link
Sunflower Poetry Slam United States Active Kansas Lenexa Link
Swag Slam United States Inactive California San Francisco Link
Sweet Peaches Poetry Slam United States Active Kentucky Louisville Link
Team Speak On It United States Inactive Mississippi Louisville Link
Test Slam (Please Ignore, used for testing only) Canada Active Quebec Montreal Link
The Advanced Slam United States Active New York Staten Island Link
The All Stars Poetry Slam United Kingdom Active Cheltenham Link
The Ann Arbor Poetry Slam United States Active Michigan Ann Arbor Link
The Brant Rant Canada Active Ontario Brantford Link
The Burlington Slam Project Canada Active Ontario Burlington Link
The Dallas Poetry Slam United States Active Texas Dallas Link
The Dirty Gerund United States Active Massachusetts Worcester Link
The Drunken Retort United States Active Michigan Grand Rapids Link