What is a Poetry Slam?

SLAM! is high-energy, competitive poetry.

SLAM! brings together diverse poets and an enthusiastic crowd.

Bob Holman calls Poetry Slams “the democratization of verse.”  Anyone can Slam and audience response is vital.  The energy in the room runs as high as the stakes.

The monthly Calgary Poetry Slam was started in February 2006 by the Calgary Spoken Word Society.  It takes place on the last Monday of every month.

What kind of poetry will I hear at a Slam?

The key is diversity.  There’s no formula for Slams; they encourage a wide range of voices and styles, everything from Hip-Hop to Sound Poetry, lyrical verse to jazz.  Since the judges are chosen at random, there’s no way to guess how the night will play out!


Read Slam FAQs

Calgary Poetry Slam

  • Last Monday of every month
  • Doors open at 7:00pm
  • Show starts at 8:00pm
  • $5 admission at the door

Be sure to show up early if you want to sign up for the slam or open mic.

If you would like more info on poetry slams, please read the SLAM FAQs

The Ink Spot Poetry Collective

This is the team that have pulled together to make the Calgary slam happen each and every month.

  • Cobra Collins
  • Erin Dingle
  • Desiree Gravel
  • Katherine Penhale
  • Mike Roberts
  • Shaf
  • Sheri-D Wilson

Contact Us

Venue Location

The Unicorn

  • 223 - 8th Avenue SW