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
K-Town Mic Drop United States Active Texas Kileen Link
DaDa slam United States Active Florida Delray Beach Link
Steel City Slam United States Active Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Link
Guelph Poetry Slam Canada Active Ontario Guelph Link
Laredo BorderSlam Poetry United States Active Texas Laredo Link
7Hills Slam United States Active Massachusetts Worcester Link
Hammer and Tongue United Kingdom Active Brighton Link
Black Pearl Poetry United States Inactive Arizona Tempe Link
Team Speak On It United States Inactive Mississippi Louisville Link
Urbana Poetry Slam United States Inactive New York New York Link
Broken Speech United States Inactive Florida Orlando Link
McKinney Poetry Slam United States Inactive Texas McKinney Link
Worcester Poetry Slam - Poets' Asylum United States Inactive Massachusetts Worcester Link
Mentally Distilled Poetry Slam United States Inactive Michigan Grand Rapids Link
Ocotillo Poetry Slam United States Inactive Arizona Tucson Link
To the Last Word United States Inactive New Mexico Albuquerque Link
Indianapolis Poetry Slam United States Inactive Indiana Indianapolis Link
Neo Soul United States Inactive Texas Pflugerville Link
SlamULIT United States Inactive Missouri Kansas City
Swag Slam United States Inactive California San Francisco Link