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
Milwaukee Poetry Slam United States Inactive Wisconsin Milwaukee
Mill City Slam United States Active Massachusetts Lowell Link
MicnDimLights Canada Inactive Quebec Montreal Link
Mesa Poetry Slam United States Inactive Arizona Mesa Link
Mentally Distilled Poetry Slam United States Inactive Michigan Grand Rapids Link
Mental Graffiti United States Active Illinois Chicago Link
McKinney Poetry Slam United States Inactive Texas McKinney Link
Maui SLAM! United States Active Hawaii Makawao Link
MASPoetry Slam United States Inactive New Mexico Albuquerque Link
Main Street Art & Culture Slam United States Active Florida Deland Link
MACDeland Slam United States Active Florida Deland Link
Louder Than A Bomb: Great Plains United States Active Nebraska Omaha Link
Louder Arts United States Inactive New York New York Link
Loud Poets Scotland Active Edinburgh Link
Loser Slam United States Inactive New Jersey Red Bank Link
Loohavull Lip Slam United States Active Kentucky Louisville Link
London Poetry Slam Canada Active Ontario London Link
Lobo Slam United States Active New Mexico Albequerque Link
Lizard Lounge Poetry Slam Team United States Active Massachusetts Cambridge Link
LionLike MindState United States Active California Upland Link