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
Union Square Slam United States Inactive New York New York Link
Austin Poetry Slam United States Active Texas Austin Link
Respect da mic United States Active North Carolina Charlotte Link
Rockford Certified Slam United States Active Illinois Rockford Link
The Dirty Gerund United States Active Massachusetts Worcester Link
The Rich Oak Alchemy Slam United States Active California Oakland Link
Unlimited Poetry Slam United States Active Texas Arlington Link
Urbana Poetry Slam United States Inactive New York New York Link
Rockland Poets United States Active New York Nyack Link
Ballabajoomba Poetry Slam United States Active Texas Corpus Christi Link
SlamCharlotte United States Active North Carolina Charlotte Link
Indianapolis Poetry Slam United States Inactive Indiana Indianapolis Link
Fuck Yeah Poetry Slam! United States Active California San Francisco Link
FrontEra Poetry Slam United States Active Texas El Paso Link
The Advanced Slam United States Active New York Staten Island Link
Dallas Poetry Grind United States Inactive Texas Dallas Link
Jambalaya Poetry Slam United States Active North Carolina Durham Link
Wichita Falls Poetry Slam United States Inactive Texas Witchita Falls Link
Swag Slam United States Inactive California San Francisco Link
Lincoln College Slam United States Inactive Nebraska Lincoln

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