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
Swag Slam United States Inactive California San Francisco Link
The Advanced Slam United States Active New York Staten Island Link
Witch City Poetry Slam United States Active Massachusetts Salem Link
Jambalaya Poetry Slam United States Active North Carolina Durham Link
Free Hole Slam United States Active Texas El Paso Link
Wichita Falls Poetry Slam United States Inactive Texas Witchita Falls Link
The SF City Poetry Slam United States Inactive California San Francisco Link
White Plains Library Slam United States Active New York White Plains Link
Commonwealth Slam United States Active Virginia Fredericksburg Link
The Marquis Slam United States Active North Carolina Fayetteville Link
Fort Worth Poetry Slam United States Inactive Texas Fort Worth Link
Loohavull Lip Slam United States Active Kentucky Louisville Link
San Jose Poetry Slam United States Inactive California San Jose Link
Lake Effect Poetry United States Active Ohio Canton Link
The Writer's Den Poetry Slam United States Active Virginia Richmond Link
Piedmont Slam United States Inactive North Carolina Winston Salem Link
Houston VIP Poetry Slam United States Active Texas Houston Link
Sweet Peaches Poetry Slam United States Active Kentucky Louisville Link
Indie Slam United States Active California Santa Cruz Link
Queen City Poetry Slam United States Inactive Ohio Cincinnati Link

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