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
Untitled Open Mic United States Active Massachusetts Lowell Link
San Jose Poetry Slam United States Inactive California San Jose Link
The Speak Tank United States Active Florida Tampa Bay Link
Queen City Poetry Slam United States Inactive Ohio Cincinnati Link
Say What Upstate Poetry Slam United States Active South Carolina Greenville Link
Lincoln United States Inactive Nebraska Lincoln Link
Eclectic Truth Poetry Slam United States Active Louisiana Baton Rouge Link
Suffern Poetry United States Active New York Nyack Link
Indie Slam United States Active California Santa Cruz Link
Mentally Distilled Poetry Slam United States Inactive Michigan Grand Rapids Link
She Speaks United States Inactive Ohio Cleveland Link
Knoxville Poetry Slam United States Active Tennessee Knoxville Link
OM Center Poetry Slam United States Inactive Nebraska Omaha Link
Creative Heat Poetry Slam United States Inactive Louisiana Lafayette Link
Slam of Steel United States Active Idaho Boise Link
The Loud Mouth Poetry Jam United States Active California Visalia Link
SlamULIT United States Inactive Missouri Kansas City
Montevallo Poetry Slam United States Active Alabama Montevallo Link
Writer's Block United States Active Ohio Columbus Link
Slamarillo Poetry Slam United States Inactive Texas Amarillo Link