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It's time to re-certify your venue!

Please excuse us as we deal with some technical difficulties. Venue re-certification is $50 between October 1 and December 31. Between January 1 and January 31, it goes up to $75. After January 31, venues must re-certify as new.

To re-certify now, please use the 'donate' link and e-mail the receipt to membership@poetryslam.com.

If you would like to update your slam's information, please send the updates to executivedirector@poetryslam.com.

2015 Individual World Poetry Slam

The Individual World Poetry Slam (iWPS) is a four day poetry festival, bringing together 72 of the best performance poets from North America, as well as poets from other parts of the world, to compete for the championship title. In this event, poets compete in preliminary competitions (referred to as “bouts”) over two nights. The poets with the top twelve scores from those days move on to Finals, where one poet is crowned the champion!

Registration is now open! Click here for more info!

Congratulations to House Slam, our newest National Poetry Slam Champions!

Boston’s Newest Poetry Slam Wins National Championship

Dudley Square’s House Slam becomes the first venue in history to simultaneously hold the country’s three major slam titles


OAKLAND, Calif., August 17, 2015 — The House Slam from Roxbury, Mass., isn’t just the newest poetry slam venue on the block; it’s also the most decorated. The venue’s five-poet slam team— Porsha Olayiwola, Jana’e Johnson, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Jonathan Mendoza, and Erich Haygun— took home the title of National Poetry Slam Champions on Saturday night.