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?sort descending State/Province City Main Website
Hammer and Tongue United Kingdom Active Hackney Link
Jersey Shore Poetry Slam United States Active New Jersey Jersey Shore Link
The Marquis Slam United States Active North Carolina Fayetteville Link
Berkeley Poetry Slam United States Active California Berkeley Link
MACDeland Slam United States Active Florida Deland Link
White Plains Library Slam United States Active New York White Plains Link
WeSpoke Slam United States Active Florida Tampa Link
Breath in Poetry Canada Active Alberta Edmonton Link
Inkwell Poetry Slam United States Active Texas Arlington Link
Sweet Peaches Poetry Slam United States Active Kentucky Louisville Link
Capital Slam Canada Active Ontario Ottawa Link
Salt City Slam United States Active Utah Salt Lake City Link
Fresh Water Wordsmiths United States Active Michigan Detroit Link
Farrago United Kingdom Active London Link
Roc Bottom Poetry Slam United States Active New York Rochester Link
Hear, Here! United States Active Colorado Colorado Springs Link
Sunflower Poetry Slam United States Active Kansas Lenexa Link
Test Slam (Please Ignore, used for testing only) Canada Active Quebec Montreal Link
Lake Effect Poetry United States Active Ohio Canton Link
Art Amok! Atlanta Slam United States Active Georgia Decatur Link