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
Lincoln College Slam United States Inactive Nebraska Lincoln
Lincoln United States Inactive Nebraska Lincoln Link
Life Sentence United States Inactive California Fairfield Link
LFK Poetry Slam United States Active Kansas Lawrence Link
Lethal Poetry United States Active Illinois Chicago Link
Last Saturday Word Wars United States Active Arkansas Fayetteville Link
Laredo BorderSlam Poetry United States Active Texas Laredo Link
LanarkLips Canada Active Ontario Carleton Place
Lake Effect Poetry United States Active Ohio Canton Link
Knoxville Poetry Slam United States Active Tennessee Knoxville Link
Kitchener-Waterloo Poetry Slam Canada Active Ontario Kitchener Link
Killeen Poetry Slam United States Active Texas Killeen Link
Kansas City Poetry Slam United States Active Missouri Kansas City Link
Kalamazoo Poetry Slam United States Inactive Michigan Kalamazoo Link
K-Town Mic Drop United States Active Texas Kileen Link
Jersey Shore Poetry Slam United States Active New Jersey Jersey Shore Link
Jersey City Slam United States Active New Jersey Jersey City Link
JC's Open Mike United States Inactive New Jersey Jersey City Link
Java Monkey Slam United States Active Georgia Decatur Link
Jambalaya Poetry Slam United States Active North Carolina Durham Link