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 Country Active?sort ascending State/Province City Main Website
Salt City Slam United States Active Utah Salt Lake City Link
Fresh Water Wordsmiths United States Active Michigan Detroit Link
Farrago United Kingdom Active London Link
Roc Bottom Poetry Slam United States Active New York Rochester Link
Hear, Here! United States Active Colorado Colorado Springs Link
Sunflower Poetry Slam United States Active Kansas Lenexa Link
Test Slam (Please Ignore, used for testing only) Canada Active Quebec Montreal Link
Lake Effect Poetry United States Active Ohio Canton Link
Java Monkey Slam United States Active Georgia Decatur Link
Tongues of Fire Canada Active British Columbia Victoria Link
Austin NeoSoul United States Active Texas Austin Link
Eclectic Truth Poetry Slam United States Active Louisiana Baton Rouge Link
Urban Legends Poetry Slam Canada Active Ontario Ottawa Link
Sugar Slam United States Active Utah Salt Lake City Link
Hammer and Tongue United Kingdom Active Oxford Link
Natty Roots and Rhyme United States Active Texas Arlington Link
Full Moon Poets United States Active California Encinitas Link
Speak Easy Poets United States Active Kansas Topeka
Battle Born Slam United States Active Nevada Las Vegas Link
Indie Slam United States Active California Santa Cruz Link