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 ascending Active? State/Province City Main Website
Lethal Poetry United States Active Illinois Chicago Link
Youth Speaks Seattle United States Active Washington Seattle Link
LionLike MindState United States Active California Upland Link
The Fuze United States Active Pennsylvania Philadelphia Link
Louder Arts United States Inactive New York New York Link
MoPoetry Slam United States Active Missouri Springfield Link
K-Town Mic Drop United States Active Texas Kileen Link
Mental Graffiti United States Active Illinois Chicago Link
Fayetteville Word Wars United States Active Arkansas Fayetteville Link
Sit N' Spin United States Active California Sacramento Link
Steel City Slam United States Active Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Link
Nuyorcian United States Active New York New York Link
UrbSlam Saint Louis United States Active Missouri St. Louis Link
WU-Slam United States Active Missouri St. Louis Link
Untitled Open Mic United States Active Massachusetts Lowell Link
Uptown Poetry Slam United States Active Illinois Chicago Link
The Speak Tank United States Active Florida Tampa Bay Link
San Diego Poetry Slam United States Inactive California San Diego Link
Providence Poetry Slam United States Active Rhode Island Providence Link
The Intangible Slam United States Inactive New York New York Link