Promoting the Art of Poetry in the Upstate of SC since 2002!
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Wits End Poetry is the longest running poetry series in South Carolina!

Upstate Poets with Wits End Poetry in the Community

Annual Upstate "Rah!" Week

Community Service and Fun!

Every Second Week in September

As part of the 12th year anniversary of Wits End Poetry and Unifyed Sol Poets, celebrated Upstate "Rah" Week in September 2015! This week of service and community took poets into schools, soup kitchens, and senior centers to give back with their craft.

Upstate Rah Week is held every year in September as part of our annual anniversary.

In 2014, poets went to the Sterling Community Center to visit with seniors and hold a Slam! They performed at Heritage Elementary and Northwest Middle School! Poets also visited Greer High School and Bell Street Middle School!

Southern Fried

Throwback: In 2014, Wits End Poetry hosted the 22nd Annual Southern Fried Poetry Slam in Greenville, SC, which was a huge success!

Wits End Poetry Celebrates 13 Years!

Wits End Poetry's "Say What" Open Mic continues under the leadership of Artistic Director Moody Black and Kimbi the Goddess. Kimberly Simms Gibbs continues to act as Executive Director of Wits End Poetry as well as the webmaster.

In September 2002, Kimberly Simms held the first Wits End Open Mic in the upstairs of Dougal Maguires Irish Pub. Simms was carrying on the Greenville Slam tradition that had been started by Glenis Redmond in 1996 whens she began the Greenville Poetry Slam. The Greenville Poetry Slam sent slam teams to Nationals in 1997 and 1998, as well as hosted the 1998 Southern Fried Poetry Slam. In 1998, The Greenville Slam Team was also the Southern Fried Champions, as well as being semi-finalists in the 1997 National Poetry Slam. The original 1997 slam team featured Glenis Redmond, Vera Gomez, Kimberly Simms, and Pamela Richie.

 

What is a Poetry Slam?
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.

Coffee and Poetry
Sunday Nights 7:30 Coffee Underground Downtown Gville

Coffee and Poetry 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. Hosted by Unifyed Sol Poets!

Unifyed Sol Poets

POETRY IS STILL HAPPENING EVERY SUNDAY AT COFFEE UNDERGROUND AT 7:30PM.

First/Second Sunday: Featured poets from across the country plus an open mic.

Third Sunday Each Month: Extended Open Mic hosted by Unifyed Sol Poets. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Last Sunday of Month: Poetry Slam!

Say What?! Poetry Slam hosted by Unifyed Sol Poets and other guest hosts. Bring your poems to sign up at the door for the slam and open mic! It is recommended that slammers have at least three poems. Winners receive a cash prize. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Sunday Nights by Date:

September:

9/6- "Say What" featuring Kevin Barger plus limited open mic. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.


9/13- "Say What" featuring Roscoe Burnems plus limited open mic. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.


9/20- Extended Open Mic Night. hosted by Unifyed Sol Poets. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.


9/27- 13 Year Wits End Poetry Anniversary Slam. plus limited open mic. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

October: 10/4- "Say What" featuring Ray Manley plus limited open mic. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.


10/11- "Say What" featuring "Izzy" Shaw plus limited open mic. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

10/18- Extended Open Mic Night hosted by Unifyed Sol Poets. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

10/25 $100 Poetry Slam plus limited open mic. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

November: 11/1- "Say What" featuring Victor Rodgers plus limited open mic. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

11/8- "Say What" featuring Moses West plus limited open mic. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

11/15- "Say What" featuring Yo Sista plus limited open mic. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

11/22- Extended Open Mic Night hosted by Unifyed Sol Poets. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

11/29 - $100 Poetry Slam plus limited open mic. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

December: 12/6- Extended Open Mic Night.

12/13- "Say What" featuring Jennifer "Hizmezinger" Branch. 12/20- "Say What" featuring Devric LeFevre. 12/27- Last Slam of the Year!

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