Phoenix Poetry Slam

Phoenix Poetry Slam
Phoenix Poetry Slam

Phoenix Poetry Slam | Wednesday, April 21st, 7pm

Lawn Gnome Publishing

Want to Perform at the Phoenix Poetry Slam?

Poets interested in competing must send an email to with “POETRY SLAM’ in the subject line. We send you a confirmation email with the rules and expectations to help you compete.

What Is the Phoenix Poetry Slam?

The Phoenix Poetry Slam is a series of poetic events held in Phoenix, Arizona in which poets read or perform their work in front of a live audience, an audience in which five randomly selected people are given a scorecard and rank the performances on a scale of 0.0 to 10. This form of “open mic” creates a unique dialogue platform between audience members and writers, giving new poets a platform to hone their craft and public speaking abilities, while at the same time elevating a community’s comprehension of poetry. Lawn Gnome Publishing and the Phoenix Poetry Slam brought the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam to Phoenix, AZ. It was the first time a Poetry Slam Inc event has been held in Arizona since the performance art was established in the 90’s.

Our Mission

We provide a space for local writers, artists, performers, etc. to explore and perfect their own craft. Our commitment is community. We welcome persons of any and all genders, sexuality, ethnicity, ability, ages, etc. As writers and literary critics, we value freedom of speech and thus do not limit, moderate or otherwise censor any content, and so there is a blanket trigger warning for all events. However, we strive to create a constructive atmosphere of equality, sensitivity, and progress, one that encourages discussion and actively opposes marginalization of any persons or group. Our goal isn’t tolerance of diversity, but its empowerment and alliance.

High School Poetry | Call For Submissions!

High School poets performing with Project Lit, a 501c3 non-profit that creates out-of-classroom programs to promote literacy in Arizona schools.

To qualify, you must be an active student in grades 7-12 in the state of Arizona. Submissions must be sent to and received by our editors by March 10th, 2021. Entries must provide a full name, email address, the school they attend, and a poem not to exceed 1000 words. All poetry submitted cannot be previously published. In general, yes: we consider a work previously published if it has appeared on a public blog or website, or in a high-school or college anthology, in the published results of a writing contest, etc. If we can find it in Google, it has been published. Poetry may be of any form or style. Work will be chosen by a group of peer editors that participate in Project Lit, an out-of-school time program that uses poetry, spoken word and hip hop to promote literacy & activate social and emotional learning with young and emerging adults. Work will be chosen based on the quality of content, consistency of voice and style, and mastery of language. There is no submission fee to enter.


    Email Address



    Your Poem (Not to exceed 1000 words)