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

 


Art of Slam Conference

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

Sunday April 22nd, 2018. Upstate Slam Team Feature with Bittersweet. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Sunday April 29, 2018. Queen of the South Slam. The historical annual all womens poetry slam held in Greenville South Carolina! Its been 14 years of providing the platform where the women in the south eastern region showcase their power and spoken word skills! Located at Coffee Underground (downtown)
1 East Coffee St Greenville SC 29601 Visit the blog to get on the list if you want to slam or questions to witsendpoetrysc@gmail.com! Taking 14 poets. No Waiting List. Early bird registration fee of $10 due April 24th. After 4/24 the fee will be $15. Full details on the blog.

https://witsendpoetry.blogspot.com/

Register today!

Sunday May 6th 2018 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 May 13th, 2018. Mother's Day Open Mic and feature poet Moody Black. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Sunday May 20th, 2018 Slam Team Fundraiser with poets Katara Miller and Jenice Pleasant. Plus limited 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 May 27th, 2018. King of the South Slam. The historical, original all male poetry slam held in Greenville South Carolina! Don't miss the top male poets of the south east region showcase their power and spoken word skills! Located at Coffee Underground (downtown)
1 East Coffee St Greenville SC 29601 Visit the blog to get on the list if you want to slam or questions to witsendpoetrysc@gmail.com! Taking 12 poets. Registration fee of $15 due May 25th. Early bird registratin available.

http://witsendpoetry.blogspot.com/2018/05/king-of-south.html

Sunday June 3rd, 2018 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 June 10th, 2018 Carolina Slam Team: Team Injustice vs Team Say What vs Team Charlotte. 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.

June 12th - Sunday, June 17th, 2018 Southern Fried Poetry Slam in San Antonio, Texas.

Sunday June 17th, 2018 Feature Poet Lucinda Clark of Poetry Matters Project at Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Sunday June 24th, 2018 $100 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 July 1st, 2018 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 July 8th, 2018 J.G. The Juggernaut, Atlanta's Poetry Powerhouse. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Sunday July 15th, 2018 Carolina Slam Tour & Fundraiser with three slam teams competing in the National Poetry Slam Style to thrill audiences with powerful group pieces and individual performances from the hottest poets on the circuit. Plus limited 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 July 22nd, 2018 Extended Open Mic. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

July 29th, 2018 Head to Head Haiku hosted by Moody Black. The winner of the slam will receive a prize. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.


Saturday 29th. THE ART OF SLAM CONFERENCE! #WORKSHOPS

Don't miss this one day poetry slam conference that includes workshops on writing and performing slam poetry, as well as live performances, panels, private coaching, and the opportunity to showcase your talent! Workshop leaders include Asia Samson, Daryl Funn, Kimberly J Simms, Moody Black, Johnny C. Weaver and more!

This conference will allow all levels of poets to grow their art through workshops with professional poets. Three tracks are available: teacher, teen, or adult. (beginer or experienced)

Workshops will be held from 11:00 am to 5:00pm with snacks and lunch included. Teen Poetry Slam ata 6pm. Afterparty, showcase, and cookout at 8m.

Please register or get more information at

http://witsendpoetry.blogspot.com/p/conference.html

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.

 

 

Help fund our community projects! 501 C3 Non-profit!

No Unsolicited Emails for web or other services. Unsolicited service emails will be billed at the cost of $15 per email to support our charity. #grassroots WEBSITE IS DESIGNED IN HOUSE BY Director..

2018 Slam Team heads to Texas for the 24th Annual Southern FriedPoetry Slam.

Please visit the blog for the latest information on the 2018 Upstate Slam Team.

We are currently raising money to send the Slam team to the Southern Fried Poetry conference in San Antonio Texas in June 2018. Let's help our local talent continue to grow as artists and repesent our talented community here in the Upstate of SC!

http://witsendpoetry.blogspot.com/

Ever wondered about the history and purpose of Poetry Slam? Check out this TedX Talk by our founder Kimberly Simms:

Support Poetry in the Schools

New Teen Programming Coming Soon!

Wits End Poetry "Upstate!" is currently raising money to create teen programming in the Upstate of SC. Please support our effort by donating below.

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

Let us Curate Poetry for Your Next Event!

Do you need spoken word poets to liven up your next event? Poets are available to perform at your community events. We can find the perfect poet to compliment the vision for your event!

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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

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The 2017 Greenville Slam Team is composed of slammaster Moody Black and SM administrator 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 (South East Regional with 33 teams) in Louisville, KY.

 

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).
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

Interested in featuring? 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. PLEASE NOTE: WE BOOK AT LEAST 6 MONTHS IN ADVANCE.
FALL BOOKED BY MAY. Spring booked by December.

DO NOT EMAIL ABOUT WEB OR OTHER SERVICES OR YOU WILL BE INVOICED A $15 FEE TO SUPPORT OUR CHARITY.

August 5th 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 12. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

August 19. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

August 26. Fresh out the Oven 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.

September 2 Extended Open Mic (Labor Day Weekend) 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 9. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

September 16. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

September 23. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Saturday 29th. THE ART OF SLAM CONFERENCE! #WORKSHOPS. 11 am - Evening

September 30. 16 Year Anniversary Celebration and $400 Poetry Slam!