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 Countrysort descending Active? State/Province City Main Website
Slam Nuba United States Active Colorado Denver Link
Last Saturday Word Wars United States Active Arkansas Fayetteville Link
JC's Open Mike United States Inactive New Jersey Jersey City Link
Morgantown Poetry Slam United States Inactive West Virginia Morgantown
The House Slam United States Active Massachusetts Boston Link
The Wham Bam Slam United States Inactive Utah Saint George Link
Poetz Realm United States Active Connecticut Bridgeport Link
Ozark Poetry Slam United States Inactive Arkansas Fayetteville Link
Jersey City Slam United States Active New Jersey Jersey City Link
Sunflower Poetry Slam United States Active Kansas Lenexa Link
Night Slam United States Active Massachusetts Brockton Link
Salt City Slam United States Active Utah Salt Lake City Link
Verbal Slap Poetry Slam United States Active Connecticut Hartford Link
Rocktown Slam United States Inactive Arkansas Little Rock Link
Loser Slam United States Inactive New Jersey Red Bank Link
ABQ Slams United States Active New Mexico Albuquerque Link
Speak Easy Poets United States Active Kansas Topeka
Boston Poetry Slam United States Active Massachusetts Cambridge Link
Sugar Slam United States Active Utah Salt Lake City Link
11th Hour Poetry Slam United States Active District of Columbia Washington Link

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