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
Laredo BorderSlam Poetry United States Active Texas Laredo Link
Last Saturday Word Wars United States Active Arkansas Fayetteville Link
Lethal Poetry United States Active Illinois Chicago Link
LFK Poetry Slam United States Active Kansas Lawrence Link
Life Sentence United States Inactive California Fairfield Link
Lincoln United States Inactive Nebraska Lincoln Link
Lincoln College Slam United States Inactive Nebraska Lincoln
LionLike MindState United States Active California Upland Link
Lizard Lounge Poetry Slam Team United States Active Massachusetts Cambridge Link
Lobo Slam United States Active New Mexico Albequerque Link
London Poetry Slam Canada Active Ontario London Link
Loohavull Lip Slam United States Active Kentucky Louisville Link
Loser Slam United States Inactive New Jersey Red Bank Link
Loud Poets Scotland Active Edinburgh Link
Louder Arts United States Inactive New York New York Link
Louder Than A Bomb: Great Plains United States Active Nebraska Omaha Link
MACDeland Slam United States Active Florida Deland Link
Main Street Art & Culture Slam United States Active Florida Deland Link
MASPoetry Slam United States Inactive New Mexico Albuquerque Link
Maui SLAM! United States Active Hawaii Makawao Link