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 Citysort descending Main Website
Speak Out: Slammageddon United States Active Maryland Baltimore
Eclectic Truth Poetry Slam United States Active Louisiana Baton Rouge Link
Berkeley Poetry Slam United States Active California Berkeley Link
Slam of Steel United States Active Idaho Boise Link
Boise Poetry Slam United States Active Idaho Boise Link
The House Slam United States Active Massachusetts Boston Link
The Brant Rant Canada Active Ontario Brantford Link
Poetz Realm United States Active Connecticut Bridgeport Link
Hammer and Tongue United Kingdom Active Brighton Link
Ruckus Slam Australia Active Queensland Brisbane Link
Hammer and Tongue United Kingdom Active Bristol Link
Night Slam United States Active Massachusetts Brockton Link
Brooklyn Poetry Slam United States Active New York Brooklyn Link
Pure Ink Poetry Slam United States Active New York Buffalo Link
The Burlington Slam Project Canada Active Ontario Burlington Link
Calgary SLAM! Canada Active Alberta Calgary Link
Lizard Lounge Poetry Slam Team United States Active Massachusetts Cambridge Link
Hammer and Tongue United Kingdom Active Cambridge Link
Boston Poetry Slam United States Active Massachusetts Cambridge Link
Lake Effect Poetry United States Active Ohio Canton Link

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