Looking for a local poetry group or event?

There are plenty of listings online to find a local poetry group or event, such as open mics, readings, poetry slams, poetry societies, and more. Here are some popular listings to get you started.

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Poets & Writers Local

Not only a great place to list your poetry event or writing group, but its also a free app for both iPhone and Android devices.

“Download our free app to find readings and author events near you; explore indie bookstores, libraries, and other places of interest to writers; and connect with the literary community in your city or town.”


Search their listings of Meetup groups in your area. Try searching for “poetry,” “slam,” “writers,” “writing,” or anything else you may be interested in.

“Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.”

Poetry Slams

You can search the registered poetry slam listings by slam name, city, and/or state.

Poetry Open Mikes

Simple listing of open mics by city, state, or Zip Code.

“Ever been in an unfamiliar city, dying for a place to play tonight? Or at home, new song needing a tryout? Me too. Might be nice to have one comprehensive place to look… so let’s build it. openmikes.org is a listing of music open-mike nights in the US or Canada. Anything open (by invitation, sign-up, etc.) to the general public, where live music may be performed, may be included here.”

Poetry Societies

The National Federation of Poetry Societies has listings and links to their associated state poetry societies with web sites. Including AL, AZ, AR, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KY, LA, ME, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NM, OH, OK, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, and WY.

The Poetry Society of America has a broad listing of Literary Organizations. The listing is alphabetical, so you will need to know the name of the organization you are looking for or browse through the listings.

Poetry Near You

The Academy of American Poets (poets.org) has a listing of all things poetry by state or Zip Code.

“Select your state to find festivals, conferences, writing programs, literary organizations, landmarks, poetry-friendly bookstores, and more in your area.”


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  1. I’d love to hear from you in order to find out more about meet-ups for me and my writing club we are out of SBCC Still I Rise is the name of our club and we are looking to hook up with local writers.

    • Hi Alberto, I’m not familiar with SBCC and I run my own local poetry groups here in Utah. We meet at a book store and have gathered members from other poetry events, such as open mics and slams in our area. Do you have a specific question?

  2. Open mic poetry event to benefit the home plant news literary publication……Sunday June 19th in nyc east village at solas bar 232 east 9th street from sign up 6:20 pm to 10 pm….now in its 37th year home planet news welcomes poets to join in this event….you can call Evan at 212 802 4409 for more info…..this is a free event with the hope that donations will be given to help further editions of home planet news in the nearby future…..spread the news!!!

  3. I'm new to the Dallas, TX area. I'm a published poet/performer and I'd like to hook up with those in the "know" concerning the open mic opportunities here.

  4. I do slam poetry and have for 20 years. How do I submit my work. I have some recorded, only vocals..

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