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
Slam Aztlan United States Inactive New Mexico Albuquerque Link
Say What Upstate Poetry Slam United States Active South Carolina Greenville Link
7Hills Slam United States Active Massachusetts Worcester Link
Broken Speech United States Inactive Florida Orlando Link
Slam of Steel United States Active Idaho Boise Link
Black Pearl Poetry United States Inactive Arizona Tempe Link
SlamULIT United States Inactive Missouri Kansas City
Out-Spoken United States Active New Mexico Albuquerque Link
Knoxville Poetry Slam United States Active Tennessee Knoxville Link
Worcester Poetry Slam - Poets' Asylum United States Inactive Massachusetts Worcester Link
The S.A.F.E.! Words! Poetry! Slam! United States Active Florida Orlando Link
MACDeland Slam United States Active Florida Deland Link
Ocotillo Poetry Slam United States Inactive Arizona Tucson Link
Jersey Shore Poetry Slam United States Active New Jersey Jersey Shore Link
To the Last Word United States Inactive New Mexico Albuquerque Link
Slamarillo Poetry Slam United States Inactive Texas Amarillo Link
Speak Out: Slammageddon United States Active Maryland Baltimore
Black on Black Rhyme United States Active Florida Tallahassee Link
Tucson Youth Poetry Slam United States Active Arizona Tucson Link
Roc Bottom Poetry Slam United States Active New York Rochester Link