Phoenix Poetry Slam

The Phoenix Poetry Slam is every Thursday, 7pm at The Lost Leaf in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

Phoenix Poetry Slam from Lawn Gnome Publishing is the result of years of seeking talented new voices and promoting strong literary events.

Where Did Phoenix Poetry Slam Come From?!

Lawn Gnome Publishing 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 is to 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, sexualities, ethnicities, abilities, 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.

Are You A Poet??

Poets interested in competing must send an email to with “POETRY SLAM” in the subject line. First 10 poets will be signed up for the next event on a first come, first served basis.



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Phoenix Poetry Slam Championship Is Here!

From December 26th, 2019 through January 30th, 2020 poets may compete in order to earn points for the Phoenix Poetry Slam Championship! Here are the events to attend that lead up to the final championship!

Signing up for a slam gives you 1 point. Making it into the 2nd round gives you 2 points. Making into the 3rd round gives you 3pts. Winning a slam gives you 6pts. The top 10 poets of the season will be invited to review the Team Phoenix Poetry Slam Code of Conduct and a chance to compete in the Phoenix Poetry Slam Championships in February 2020. The winner of the slam will be crowned the 2020 Phoenix Poetry Slam Champion and the top four poets will work together to compete in the Phoenix at the InterNational Poetry Slam in Dallas, TX (August 2020).

The Lost Leaf is located on 5th Street, in between Garfield and Roosevelt at 914 N 5th St. Metered parking is available on 5th and 6th Street on a first come, first served basis. The event is 21+ only.Good luck and thank you so much for choosing to share your awesome poetry!  Let me know if you have any other questions. Don’t be afraid to let your friends know that they can see you slam for free, and other cultural events at

2019 – 2020 Slam Season Rankings

Name of PoetPoints
Stacy Eden9
Miss Anthropy8
Chocolate SUSE7
Atlas St Cloud7
Thomas Cooper7
Mr. Larry Moore6
Daphney Quinn6
PS Froberger6
EP Bradley3
Vo Vera3
Mr. Roberts3
Science Sigh2
David Fields2
Robbi the Writer2

Phoenix Poetry Slam Finals | February 1st

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 January 31st. 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.


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