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? State/Provincesort descending City Main Website
Nuyorcian United States Active New York New York Link
The Intangible Slam United States Inactive New York New York Link
Union Square Slam United States Inactive New York New York Link
Urbana Poetry Slam United States Inactive New York New York Link
Rockland Poets United States Active New York Nyack Link
Suffern Poetry United States Active New York Nyack Link
The Advanced Slam United States Active New York Staten Island Link
White Plains Library Slam United States Active New York White Plains Link
Roc Bottom Poetry Slam United States Active New York Rochester Link
Poetry Slam Asheville United States Active North Carolina Asheville Link
Respect da mic United States Active North Carolina Charlotte Link
SlamCharlotte United States Active North Carolina Charlotte Link
Jambalaya Poetry Slam United States Active North Carolina Durham Link
The Marquis Slam United States Active North Carolina Fayetteville Link
Piedmont Slam United States Inactive North Carolina Winston Salem Link
Queen City Poetry Slam United States Inactive Ohio Cincinnati Link
She Speaks United States Inactive Ohio Cleveland Link
Writer's Block United States Active Ohio Columbus Link
Writing Wrongs United States Active Ohio Columbus Link
Dayton Poetry Slam United States Active Ohio Dayton Link

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