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
Laredo BorderSlam Poetry United States Active Texas Laredo Link
Battle Born Slam United States Active Nevada Las Vegas Link
LFK Poetry Slam United States Active Kansas Lawrence Link
Sunflower Poetry Slam United States Active Kansas Lenexa Link
Lincoln United States Inactive Nebraska Lincoln Link
Lincoln College Slam United States Inactive Nebraska Lincoln
Rocktown Slam United States Inactive Arkansas Little Rock Link
Farrago United Kingdom Active London Link
London Poetry Slam Canada Active Ontario London Link
Da Poetry Lounge United States Active California Los Angeles Link
Brass Knuckles United States Inactive California Los Angeles Link
Loohavull Lip Slam United States Active Kentucky Louisville Link
Sweet Peaches Poetry Slam United States Active Kentucky Louisville Link
Team Speak On It United States Inactive Mississippi Louisville Link
Untitled Open Mic United States Active Massachusetts Lowell Link
Mill City Slam United States Active Massachusetts Lowell Link
Urban Spoken Word United States Active Wisconsin Madison Link
Maui SLAM! United States Active Hawaii Makawao Link
Slam Free or Die United States Active New Hampshire Manchester Link
McKinney Poetry Slam United States Inactive Texas McKinney Link