Providence Poetry Slam

Welcome to the Providence Poetry Slam! Our shows are at the AS220 Main Stage (115 Empire St.) on the first and third Thursday of every month.

FIRST THURSDAYS: Open mic, feature, and all-ages slam.

THIRD THURSDAYS: Youth slam, feature, and open mic. Half-price admission for youth (19 and under)


Youth: First and third Thursdays at 6pm at New Urban Arts (705 Westminster)

ProvSlam Community Values:

We are a community that values:

  • respect and safety for all who enter our space,
  • a diversity of voices,
  • courageous engagement with language and truth,
  • exposing silenced narratives, and
  • supporting one another along the way.

We expect that everyone here conducts their time on and off stage in a way that shows respect to these values and to all members of our community.


Charlotte Abotsi is an interdisciplinary writer, educator, and filmmaker who lives in Providence, Rhode Island. She currently serves as the Director of the Providence Poetry Slam at AS220. As a poet, she has competed in several international slams, placing in the top 20 poets at the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam, and winning the 2017 Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam competition. Her poems have been written about in The Huffington Post and As a filmmaker, Charlotte has focused on documentary film, debuting her short documentary “Process” at the 2018 Ocean State Film Festival. She is a 2014 Pink Door Writer’s Retreat fellow and a 2019 Poetry Foundation Incubator fellow. Her work seeks to discuss and disrupt the complexities of Black womanhood by bringing to Black immigrant stories to the forefront.