Phoenix Poetry Slam

Phoenix Poetry Slam
Phoenix Poetry Slam

No Events in July 2021

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.