About Us

One Slam, One Movement

DPS is the only poetry organization in Dallas to host events that have broken and set records in the country. Our motto is “One Slam, One Movement” because Dallas has a vibrant poetry and arts scene, diverse in population, and local resources, we were able to successfully host the 2017 & 2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Dallas is the 9th largest city in the US, and the Dallas Arts District is the largest urban arts district in the United States.

1994 – Dallas Poetry Slam was established by Clebo Rainey. For the past 22 years this Organization has added accolades to our movement such as three time national finalist.


2001 – Dallas Poetry Slam becomes the National Poetry Slam Champions. Dallas Slam continues to rank in the top 20 semi-finalist out of 72 teams every year. This makes Dallas Poetry Slam the only Texas slam team to date to win a National Championship.


2016 – Dallas Slam poets have won the Individuals World Poetry Slam competition. As recent as 2016, a Dallas Slam poet ranked 2nd and has gone to compete internationally in Paris, France.