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 Namesort ascending Country Active? State/Province City Main Website
Urban Legends Poetry Slam Canada Active Ontario Ottawa Link
Urban Echo Poetry Slam United States Inactive Michigan Detroit Link
Uptown Poetry Slam United States Active Illinois Chicago Link
Untitled Open Mic United States Active Massachusetts Lowell Link
Unlimited Poetry Slam United States Active Texas Arlington Link
Union Square Slam United States Inactive New York New York Link
Tucson Youth Poetry Slam United States Active Arizona Tucson Link
Tourettes Without Regrets United States Active California Oakland Link
Toronto Poetry Slam Canada Active Ontario Toronto Link
Tonight it's Poetry Canada Active Saskatchewan Saskatoon Link
Tongues of Fire Canada Active British Columbia Victoria Link
To the Last Word United States Inactive New Mexico Albuquerque Link
Throw! Poetry Collective Canada Active Quebec Montreal Link
The Writer's Den Poetry Slam United States Active Virginia Richmond Link
The Wham Bam Slam United States Inactive Utah Saint George Link
The Speak Tank United States Active Florida Tampa Bay Link
The SF City Poetry Slam United States Inactive California San Francisco Link
The S.A.F.E.! Words! Poetry! Slam! United States Active Florida Orlando Link
The Rich Oak Alchemy Slam United States Active California Oakland Link
The Pigeon Presents: The Philadelphia Poetry Slam United States Active Pennsylvania Philadelphia Link