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 descending State/Province City Main Website
Rockland Poets United States Active New York Nyack Link
The S.A.F.E.! Words! Poetry! Slam! United States Active Florida Orlando Link
Ruckus Slam Australia Active Victoria Northcote Link
Say What Upstate Poetry Slam United States Active South Carolina Greenville Link
Kitchener-Waterloo Poetry Slam Canada Active Ontario Kitchener Link
Speak Out: Slammageddon United States Active Maryland Baltimore
Hammer and Tongue United Kingdom Active Cambridge Link
SlamCharlotte United States Active North Carolina Charlotte Link
Hot Springs Valley Open Mic Night United States Active Arkansas
Fuck Yeah Poetry Slam! United States Active California San Francisco Link
Slam of Steel United States Active Idaho Boise Link
The Advanced Slam United States Active New York Staten Island Link
Black on Black Rhyme United States Active Florida Tallahassee Link
Calgary SLAM! Canada Active Alberta Calgary Link
Knoxville Poetry Slam United States Active Tennessee Knoxville Link
London Poetry Slam Canada Active Ontario London Link
Puro Slam United States Active Texas San Antonio Link
Port Veritas United States Active Maine Portland Link
The All Stars Poetry Slam United Kingdom Active Cheltenham Link
Jambalaya Poetry Slam United States Active North Carolina Durham Link