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Established in 2002, Wits End Poetry is the longest running poetry series in South Carolina! 501 (C) 3

 

Say What Spoken Word Every Sunday at Coffee Underground at 7:30pm in Downtown Greenville. [1 E. Coffee Street] Bring your own poems to read or perform. Beginners welcome! Sign-up starts at 7:00pm. All poetry styles welcome! No shows on major holidays as posted. $5 cover (cash/check). Poetry Slam held last Sunday of each month.

Say What Open Mic

June 25 Monthly Poetry Slam hosted by Moody Black. A poetry slam is a performance poetry competition judged by five randomly chosen members of the audience. Up to twelve local poets may sign up for the three-round poetry slam. After the first round, only eight poets will perform in the second round, and only four poets will perform in the final round. Each poet will perform one original poem without musical accompaniment, props, or costumes within the three-minute time limit. They will be judged on a scale of zero to ten with the lowest and the highest scores dropped to give the highest possible score of thirty. The winner of the slam will receive a prize. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

July 2nd 2017 Extended Open Mic Hosted by Moody Black! The night will also feature poetry games, fun, and a full night of open mic slots for local poets on a first come, first serve basis. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

July 9th 2017. Featuring Marlanda Dekine and Open Mic. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5. Marlanda Dekine is Sapient Soul, an award-winning poet and social transformation worker from South Carolina. Her poetry can be found in her book of original poems, i am from a punch & a kiss. Flycatcher Journal, Wake Magazine, Spark & Echo Arts, Minerva Rising’s Sparrow’s Trill, and The New Social Worker. She is the winner of the 2012 Queen of the South Poetry Slam and the 2014 Soul Sista Slam. A TEDx speaker, Marlanda has a strong history of supporting the arts, artists, and providing diverse platforms for artistic expression. Marlanda is the Founder and Executive Director of Speaking Down Barriers, a nonprofit that transforms our life together across human difference. ww.sapientsoul.com

 

July 16 2017 Carolina Slam Tour Team
Slam
featuring vs Greenville Say What vs Atlanta vs Aftermath vs Team Injustice. Don't miss this high energy national poetry slam style team bout featuring powerful voices from across the Carolina's! Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

July 23rd Feature Poet Mr. Dove aka De Dove and Slam Team Fundraiser! Dove is an educator, spoken word artist, rapper, and actor. He was recently signed with an agent and has his own YouTube Channel! He is a champion slam poet featured on Button Poetry!

Sunday July 30 2017 HEAD TO HEAD HAIKU SLAM. Poetry Slam hosted by Moody Black. This fun haiku poetry competition is open to all. Poets should bring 7 or more haiku to enter the competition. The winner of the slam will receive a $100 prize. The night will also feature a short open mic. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Haiku

 

August 6, 2017 Extended Open Mic Hosted by Moody Black! The night will also feature poetry games, fun, and a full night of open mic slots for local poets on a first come, first serve basis. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

August 13, 2017. Quraysh Ali Lansana. Wits End Poetry is honored to announce that the esteemed protege of Miss Gwendolyn Brooks will be featuring! Quraysh Ali Lansana was born September 13, 1964, in the town of Enid, Oklahoma, and received his MFA in creative writing at New York University. Open mic slots for local poets on a first come, first serve basis. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. .

Lansana is the author of numerous poetry collections including They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems. He recently coauthored, with Christopher Stewart, the book The Walmart Republic (Mongrel Empire Press, 2014), and has coedited a number of anthologies, most recently The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop (Haymarket Books, 2015). In his work, Lansana travels back to his origins in the southwestern United States and takes a look at the politics, contradictions, injustices, and inequalities—in race, ethnicity, and social status—present in what he refers to as “The Walmart Republic.”

August 20, 2017. Fable the Poet! is the Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids. He is a Bi-racial North American writer, teacher, community activist, performer, motivational speaker, and is the second place winner of: "The 2016 Missouri Review Audio Poetry Contest. Fable The Poet is a Nationally Touring Artist highly noted for his work with the youth; spreading Mental Health Awareness using his own stories to consume the audience, and spread a much needed message: "At times, we all feel fragile. We are all paper boats entertaining the waves of life." Open mic slots for local poets on a first come, first serve basis. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Sunday August 27, 2016. Fresh Out the Oven Slam! In this slam, all competing poets can only use poems that have never been read at Coffee Underground (and are presumable NEW!), Host Moody Black. $5 for poets and audience members. Coffee Underground. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

September 3, 2017 Extended Open Mic Hosted by Moody Black! The night will also feature poetry games, fun, and a full night of open mic slots for local poets on a first come, first serve basis. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

September 10th, 2017. Feature Poet Joan ‘Lyric’ Leslie, is a Harlem, NY native whose spoken word focuses on the black female’s journey to self-discovery along with social and political activism. Formerly a member of Dartmouth College’s Soul Scribes and Black on Black Rhyme Jacksonville Slam Teams, she currently lives in Atlanta. Most recently, she represented Atlanta’s Art Amok Slam Team at the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam in Dallas, TX.Open mic slots for local poets on a first come, first serve basis. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

September 17th, 2017. Blaq Socrates. King of the South 2017 Champion! A pivotal member of the Spartanburg Slam scene and a trained singer who has appeared at TEDX, the Chapman Cultural Center, Speaking Down Barriors and more - don't miss this dynamic performer! Open mic slots for local poets on a first come, first serve basis. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

September 25th, 2017. Wits End Poetry $400 14th Year Anniversary Grand Slam with Host Moody Black. A poetry slam is a performance poetry competition judged by five randomly chosen members of the audience. Up to 15 regional poets may sign up for the three-round poetry slam. Cost to competitors is $15. The winner of the slam will receive a $400 prize. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

 

Our Venue: Coffee Underground

Coffee Underground

Coffee Underground is a locally owned coffee house & cafe specializing in freshly made desserts & coffee roasted on premises.

They have a great dinner menu as well as a full bar in additional to smoothies, vegetarian food, and specialty drinks!

Located at the corner of Coffee & Main, they are nestled only twelve steps down from our neighbor, Ristorante Bergamo.

1 East Coffee Street, Downtown Greenville, SC

 

Wits End Poetry Staff

Executive Director Kimberly J Simms

To Book Kimberly please email kimberlyjsimmspoet@gmail.com.

Kimberly Simms is the founder and director of nonprofit Wits End Poetry. Kimberly is a pioneer in the poetry slam world as one of the first female slammasters, a member of the first National all female team, a Southern Fried Poetry Slam Champion, and a member emeritus of the Executive Council of Poetry Slam Inc. She has directed prestigious events such as the World Poetry Slam and the Southern Fried Poetry Slam. You can learn more about her at www.kimberlysimms.com

Artistic Dirctor Moody Black

Moody Black oversees grass roots promotion and event coordination, as well as serving as the Greenville Co-Slammaster. He is a frequent Sunday night host. Moody Black is also a teaching artist with the Metropolitan Arts Council's SMART Arts Program. Moody Black is a spoken word poet, rapper, emcee, actor, artist, and photographer. He studied business and theater at University of South Carolina, Spartanburg.He studied business and theater at University of South Carolina, Spartanburg.

Director Kimbi The Goddess.

She has been an Artistic Advisor of Wits End Poetry since 2009 and is a talented spoken word artist. She was a member of several Upstate Slam Teams. Kimbi Mullins has been a yogini since 1999 and is the founder of the weekly Gumbo Yoga in Greenville, SC. She is a life coach and inspirational speaker as well.

Board Member and Sound Director: Black Phoenix

Black Phoenix is the sound and technical director of Wits End Poetry. He is a national Haiku champion, a national Nerd Slam Champion, and a South East Regional Haiku Champion and has been a member of many slam teams. He is a long time volunteer, team member, and host of Sunday nights at Coffee Underground.

 

Be One of the First to Read
our Founder's Debut Book!

LINDY LEE: SONGS ON MILL HILL (by Kimberly J Simms) brings to life the social fault lines of textile mills in the rural Carolina Piedmont — themes of child labor, the changing roles of women, of a fading away of life where isolation is juxtaposed against a strong sense of community.

With a pre-sale purchase – BEFORE JUNE 30th -  you will automatically be on Kimberly's ‘Lindy Lee List’ and receive a special invitation to her PRIVATE book launch party in September and receive cool insider information about her tour schedule and appearances. 

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Multiple copies: For each personally signed copy, put a comma between each name.

Liven Up Your Community Event
with a Poetry Slam!

Do you need spoken word poets to liven up your next event? Poets are available to share poems on most themes whether it is a social activism event, a school visit, a literacy awarness event, a writing workshop, a celebration of an historical event, or just a fun night of live entertainment.

Our poets can put can put POETRY BANG in your classroom with collaborative learning, brain breaks, tableau, theater activities, and writing exercises.
Check out our SC Teaching Artist Roster listing here: https://www.culturegrants-sc.org/artistdirectory/roster_contact.php?id=15

Some events may even qualify for support from the SC Arts Commission or the SC Humanities Council's Speakers Bureau which provides funding for Kimberly Simms to provide a workshop, talk, or presentation to your group or school.

Please email witsendpoetrysc@gmail.com for details on types of poets available, pricing, and event support.

 

The 2017 Greenville Slam Team

The 2017 Greenville Slam Team is composed of slammasters Moody Black and Kimberly Simms. The competing team members include Moody Black, Bittersweet (Grand Champion), D. Dove, and Sassy the Poet. Coach Celestial Poet.

CONGRATULATIONS TO 2017 Greenville Slam Team who placed SECOND Place at the 2017 Southern Fried Poetry Slam in Decatur, GA.

The team will travel to the Southern Fried Poetry Slam (South East Regional) in June 2016 in Louisville KY to compete against 32 South Eastern Teams. In August, the team will travel to Denver Colorado to compete against 72 slam teams from across the country.

Donations: Please support our new scholarship fund to send poets into local classrooms!

Sponsor a Poet to Visit a School!

For every $50 raised we can provide a scholarship for 1 poet to visit one school for one classroom visit! For $200, the poet can visit 4 classes in one day! Additional donations allow us to sponsor visits to poetry clubs, library performances, and community performances.

These sponsorships come with a community recognition package that includes advertising on our website, our event programs, and in our social media! Email witsendpoetrysc@gmail.com to receive a sponsorship package.

Sponsorship Levels
Thank you to Wits End Poetry's supporters:

This program is funded in part by the Metropolitan Arts Council with funds received from the City of Greenville, BMW Manufacturing Company, Michelin North America, Inc., SEW Eurodrive and the South Carolina Arts Commission.

WitsEndPoetry is a 501C3 Charity
(since 2002).
Wits End Receives Travel Grant from SouthARTS!

Wits End Poetry received a travel grant to send their Executive Director Kimberly Simms and their Artistic Director Moody Black to the National Poetry Slam for the week long conference and festival in Decatur, GA.

Wits End Poetry's leadership received invaluable training in upcoming trends, new rules, the #ILLGOWITHYOU campaign, and other accessiblility issues. Wits End Poetry will be booking its 2017 season from poets we experienced in showcases at the National Poetry Slam.

This attendance of the National Poetry Slam was funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the SC Arts Commission.

What Is a Poetry Slam?

Simply put, poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they're saying and how they're saying it.
A poetry slam is an event in which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience. Typically, the host or another organizer select the judges, who are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 or one to 10 scale) based on the poet's content and performance.

The National Poetry Slam is the annual slam championship tournament, wherein four-person teams from all over North America and Europe gather to compete against each other for the national title. It has become part Super Bowl, part poetry summer camp, and part traveling exhibition. Staged in a different city each year, the National Poetry Slam has emerged as slam's highest-profile showcase.

Participants
Generally, you may sign up for a poetry slam at the door on the night of the slam. But some big money slams may require advanced reqistration. Though everyone who signs up has the opportunity to read in the first round, poets may be eliminated based on judges' scores. In other words, the judges vote for which poets they want to see more work from.

NPS is held annually in August in a different city each year.

Want more information about Poetry Slam? Check out this resource of performance tips, rules, and history:

http://www.witsendpoetry.com/whatisslam.html

 

Currently booking Spring 2018. Please be sure to include your slam team affiliations and slam accolades with your email of interest. We are a slam focused venue, so we focus on featuring slam poets. witsendpoetrysc @gmail.com. Please attach a picture and copy your bio into the body of your email.

 

Octavis 8th, 2017 Extended Open Mic Hosted by Moody Black! The night will also feature poetry games, fun, and a full night of open mic slots for local poets on a first come, first serve basis. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Sunday Octavis 15th. New Season announced in August 2017. Open mic slots for local poets on a first come, first serve basis. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Sunday Octavis 22nd Booked. New Season announced in August 2017. Open mic slots for local poets on a first come, first serve basis. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Sunday Octavis 29th , 2017 Monthly OcTavis Poetry Slam hosted by Moody Black. A poetry slam is a performance poetry competition judged by five randomly chosen members of the audience. Up to twelve local poets may sign up for the three-round poetry slam. After the first round, only eight poets will perform in the second round, and only four poets will perform in the final round. Each poet will perform one original poem without musical accompaniment, props, or costumes within the three-minute time limit. They will be judged on a scale of zero to ten with the lowest and the highest scores dropped to give the highest possible score of thirty. The winner of the slam will receive a prize. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Sunday November 5th Poetry Slam Meets Improv! The annual Alchemy New South Comedy Festival is happening November 2rd to the 11th including the weekly Sunday night poetry event! High Energy Poets will share their poetic craft to inspire the art of Improv! The night will also feature poetry games and fun! Limited open mic for local poets on a first come, first serve basis. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. Tickes may be bought online at Eventbrite: $5.

Sunday November 12th 2017 Local feature plus Moody Black hosts open mic plus feature poetAll poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Sunday November 19th 2017 Eccentrich feature poet plus Open Mic. Open mic slots for local poets on a first come, first serve basis. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5. Eccentrich, a Florida native, is the founder & host of Cuisines & Poetry, as well as a member of the Burn Beautiful Slam Team. She is a National Poetry Slam Group Piece Finalist, and her greatest and most rewarding job is being the mother of 2 beautiful boys. Always real and always willing to help, her big voice pales in comparison to her big heart and she is looking forward to what the future brings.

Sunday November 26th 2017 Monthly Poetry Slam hosted by Moody Black. A poetry slam is a performance poetry competition judged by five randomly chosen members of the audience. Up to twelve local poets may sign up for the three-round poetry slam. After the first round, only eight poets will perform in the second round, and only four poets will perform in the final round. Each poet will perform one original poem without musical accompaniment, props, or costumes within the three-minute time limit. They will be judged on a scale of zero to ten with the lowest and the highest scores dropped to give the highest possible score of thirty. The winner of the slam will receive a prize. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

December 3 Extended Open Mic Hosted by Moody Black! The night will also feature poetry games, fun, and a full night of open mic slots for local poets on a first come, first serve basis. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

December 10 Feature Poet Hosted by Moody Black! Open mic slots for local poets on a first come, first serve basis. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Sunday December 17 Monthly Poetry Slam hosted by Moody Black. A poetry slam is a performance poetry competition judged by five randomly chosen members of the audience. Up to twelve local poets may sign up for the three-round poetry slam. After the first round, only eight poets will perform in the second round, and only four poets will perform in the final round. Each poet will perform one original poem without musical accompaniment, props, or costumes within the three-minute time limit. They will be judged on a scale of zero to ten with the lowest and the highest scores dropped to give the highest possible score of thirty. The winner of the slam will receive a prize. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

 

 

Currently booking 2018. Please be sure to include your slam team affiliations and slam accolades with your email of interest. We are a slam focused venue, so we focus on featuring slam poets. witsendpoetrysc@gmail.com. Please attache a picture and copy your bio into the body of your email.