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/Provincesort descending City Main Website
Mental Graffiti United States Active Illinois Chicago Link
Uptown Poetry Slam United States Active Illinois Chicago Link
Palatine Poetry Slam United States Inactive Illinois Palatine Link
Rockford Certified Slam United States Active Illinois Rockford Link
Indianapolis Poetry Slam United States Inactive Indiana Indianapolis Link
Des Moines Poetry Slam United States Active Iowa Des Moines Link
Orange City Poetry Slam United States Inactive Iowa Orange City Link
LFK Poetry Slam United States Active Kansas Lawrence Link
Sunflower Poetry Slam United States Active Kansas Lenexa Link
Speak Easy Poets United States Active Kansas Topeka
Loohavull Lip Slam United States Active Kentucky Louisville Link
Sweet Peaches Poetry Slam United States Active Kentucky Louisville Link
Creative Heat Poetry Slam United States Inactive Louisiana Lafayette Link
Slam New Orleans United States Active Louisiana New Orleans Link
Eclectic Truth Poetry Slam United States Active Louisiana Baton Rouge Link
Port Veritas United States Active Maine Portland Link
Speak Out: Slammageddon United States Active Maryland Baltimore
The Dirty Gerund United States Active Massachusetts Worcester Link
Hampshire College Slam Collective United States Inactive Massachusetts Amherst Link
The House Slam United States Active Massachusetts Boston Link

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