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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

Sunday January 8 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 January 15, 2017. Feature poets Johnny C Weaver and IAMPicturesque of Spartanburg! Johnny C Weaver is the slammaster of Spartanburg and the founder of Slammaddness. IAMPicturesque and Johnny C Weaver currently host venues in Spartanburg. Both also were members of the 2016 Spartanburg Slam Team and tour regularly across the South East. Don't miss this dynamic duo of spoken word! Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Johnny C Weaver and wifey

Sunday, January 22, 2017. Open Mic with spotlight poet Jonathan Brown. Jonathan Brown is a native of Greenville, SC whose hip hop influenced spoken word has taken him across the country. This former member of the San Francisco, and Greenville Slam Teams currently lives in New Orleans where he performs regularly. He is a World Poetry Slam finalist and recently earned his MFA. Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

 

Sunday January 29, 2017 Annual Grand Slam to Pick 2017 Greenville Slam Team hosted by Kimberly Simms. The 12-15 poets with the highest qualifying points from the 2016 are invited to participate in the Grand Slam to determine the new slam team. Judges will be chosen from the audience. Poets 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 top four poets will become the new slam team. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $10.

February 5th, 2017. Superbowl Sunday Open Mic with Spotlight Poet Levon Burton. Extended Open Mic Hosted by Moody Black! Levon Burton is a frequent slam winner from Greenville, SC. 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.

Poet Levon Burton

February 12th, 2017. Feature Poet De Dove and fundraiser for the 2017 Greenville Slam Team. De Dove is a Southern Fried Poetry Slam Finalist, an actor, a rapper, and an educator. He has won slams across the south east. Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

 

February 19,2017. Special Spoken Word Musical Act Tebe Zalango! Tebe Zalango is a singer, song writer, spoken word artist, violinist, and hip hop artist. Every song has some form of awareness weather it is spiritual, historical, or just things that go on in life. Check out his album on iTunes called, The Flow Of The Nile. A very lyrical dynamic of the war going on in our lives to the goals we are trying to reach for equality in various areas. Definetly treading a path in his own lane. Tebe has performed from coast to coast and outside of the country. Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

zalango

February 26th 2017 Monthly Poetry Slam hosted by Moody Black. $100 First Prize! 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.

say what open mic

March 5th, 2017 Extended Open Mic. Host 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.

Moody Black

March 12, 2017 Feature Poet Pages Matam. Pages Matam is a Cameroonian artist residing in the D.C. metropolitan area. He is a Write Bloody author, Callaloo fellow,  2014 National poetry slam champion and winner of Beltway Poetry Quarterly's Best New Book of 2014.  Pages is a proud gummy bear elitist, bowtie enthusiast, professional hugger and anime fanatic. When he takes stage – as a performer, educator, or activist for immigration and surviving sexual trauma – be prepared to be taken on an experience of cultural, socially conscious storytelling. Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Pages Matam

March 19th 2017 Greenville Slam Team Fundraiser featuing Bittersweet. Bittersweet is a two time Queen of the South Champion, a Southern Fried Poetry Slam finalist, and a winner of slams across the south east. She was a member of the 2013 to 2016 Slam Teams. Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

March 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.

say what open mic

April 2nd, 2017 Extended Open Mic. Host 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.

national open mic of the year

April 9th 2017 May Reign featues at Say What Open Mic! She is a spoken word poet, visionary, and 3 time published author and host from Miami Florida! Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

April 16th, 2017. Carolina Slam Tour: Team
Slam
featuring Charlotte's Respect the Mic vs Greenville Say What vs Spartanburg Justice League. 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.

CAROLINA SLAM TOUR

April 23rd, 2017. Upstate Teen Poetry Slam and Teen Open Mic. As part of national poetry month we are opening up our stage to local teen talent. Email witsendpoetrysc@gmail.com to get your teen involved! Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

April 30 2017 Queen of the South Slam hosted by Kimbi the Goddess. This exciting high-energy poetry slam will pit emerging female artists against each other to determine who will own the title of Queen of the South Slam. The night will feature poets from across four states. Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

 

May 7 Extended Open Mic. Host 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.

May 14th 2017 Mother's Day Open Mic. Slam Team Fundraiser. Host 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.

May 21st. Feature Poet. 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.

May 28th, 2017. King of the South Slam. Host Moody Black. Don't miss this exciting all male slam review featuring the top male poets from across the south east bringing it! Bruh! 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 a highest possible score of thirty. The winner of the slam will receive a $300 prize. Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

king of the south

June 4th 2017 Extended Open Mic. Host 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.

moody black

June 11 2017 Featuring spotlight feature Kimbi the Goddess! (awaiting confirmation) Kimbi is is a talented spoken word artist, singer, and inspirational speaker. She was an integral member of many 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. Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Kimbi

June 18 2017. Father's Day 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.Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

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. Feature Poet Kimberly Simms. Kimberly Simms is the founder of the first poetry slam in South Carolina and Wits End Poetry. She has a new book of poetry forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. She is also a Southern Fried Regional Competition Champion and a National Poetry Slam: Legend of the South. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Kimberly Simms

July 16 2017 Carolina Slam Tour Team
Slam
featuring vs Greenville Say What vs Spartanburg Justice League. 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.

CAROLINA SLAM TOUR

 

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

 

Book Spoken Word Poetry at your
next community event or school! Workshops Available!

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. Kimberly Simms is also available to share about her process for writing her new book of Regional/SC History based poetry "Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill"
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.

Kimberly Simms

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

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

Art on the Trail “Poetic Journeys”
Poetry Prize

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TRAVELERS REST, S.C. – Plans are underway for the 2nd Annual Art on the Trail Festival Poetic Journeys Poetry Prize. The 2017 theme will be "adventure" and poems can be submitted between August 2017 and October 2017.

The Travelers Rest Artists Alliance and Wits End Poetry announced their first annual “Poetic Journeys” Poetry Prize as part of the 2016 Art on the Trail festival. The annual event will be held the third weekend in October in Travelers Rest and will feature fine arts, fiber arts, sculpture, photography, live music and performers, poetry, children's activities, and more. Thank you to Dr. Jill Coyle for acting as final judge for the adult category. Kimberly Simms organzied the competition and acted as final judge in the youth category.

Special Thanks to our prize sponsors:

Wits End Poetry, The TR Arts Alliance, Hub City Press, The Emrys Foundation, and Becky Stone of Thirty-One!

Winners Announced!!! Adult Category:

First Place: Joel McCollough for his poem "Binding" 

Second Place: Bobbie Jean Shepard for "Fruits"

Third Place: Tricia Kyzer for "Landslide"

HM: Elaine C. Hill for “Jump Off Rock”

winners of the poetry contest

Adults: Adults over 18 residing in the Upstate region may submit up to 3 poems using the online submission manager at https://witsendpoetry.submittable.com/submit. There is no reading fee for poems submitted before September 1st. Student guidelines are also available at:
https://witsendpoetry.submittable.com/submit

Student Category:

First: Sophie Young. Green Charter School. 8th grade. “Untitled” Teacher: Lauren Lehman

Second: Miriam Muriithi. League Academy. 8th Grade. “Mountains on my Mind” Teacher Allison Franke

Third: Grace Brockman. 7th Grade. League Academy. ”Mountains” Teacher Mrs. Ritter.

HM: Loren Bell. League Academy. 8th Grade. “Mountains on my Mind” Teacher: Frank Powell

HM: Jasmine McCarroll 12th Grade. Berea High School. “Mountains” Teacher Mrs. Tisdale

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.

New Slam Team to be announced February 2017.

The 2016 Upstate Slam Team

The Say What Upstate Slam Team finished in the top four and appeared on finals stage at the Southern Fried Poetry Slam which featured 33 teams from across the South East including Texas, Florida, and beyond. The event was held in Greensboro NC and was filmed by Button Poetry.

The Say What Slam Team recently finished 15th out of 72 teams at the National Poetry Slam. They competed in the Semi-finals with the top 20 teams in the nation! We are so proud of these local poets!

The 2016 Upstate Slam Team features Bittersweet, Jahbu, Trez the Truth, and De Dove. Bittersweet is the 2016 Upstate Grand Slam Champion as well as the 2016 Queen of the South Co-Champion. She is a veteran member of the Upstate Slam Team. Jahbu is originally from Alabama and has been a member of the Bama Slam Team and the Charlotte Slam Team. Trez the Truth is a spoken word poet, father, and lives in Clemson, SC. De Dove is an educator, poet, and actor who lives and works in Greenville, SC.

The team will travel to the South East Regional Southern Fried Poetry Slam in June 2016 in Greensboror SC to compete against 32 South Eastern Teams. In August, the team will travel to Atlanta to compete against 72 slam teams from across the country.

National Poetry Slam Logohttp://npsdecatur.com/

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

Wits End Poetry Staff

Executive Director Kimberly Simms

Kimberly Simms Gibbs

To Book Kimberly please email witsendpoetrysc@gmail.com.

Kimberly Simms is the founder and director of nonprofit Wits End Poetry. She is currently the 2016 Writer in Residence for the Carl Sandburg National Historic Site. She founded the first PSI certified slam in South Carolina in 1994, and attended her first NPS in 1997 as a member of the first all women slam team from Greenville, SC. In 1998, her Greenville team won the Southern Fried Poetry Slam. She spent the next three years living and performing poetry in London before she returned to Greenville in 2002, at which time she founded non-profit Wits End Poetry and the Upstate, SC Slam Team.

She was a competing member of six National Slam Teams and coached seven teams. In 2004, Kimberly was the festival director and organizer of the first ever World Poetry Slam held in Greenville, SC. She was on the Executive Council of the national non-profit Poetry Slam Inc. from 2005 to 2007, during which time she pitched the concept of an all women slam competition on a national level. In 2006, she had organized the first annual women only southern regional slam entitled The Queen of the South Slam.

In 2014, her non-profit Wits End Poetry organized the Southern Fried Poetry Slam in Greenville, SC. She is currently co-slammaster of the Upstate Slam Team which recently finished fourth at the Southern Fried Poetry Slam. She continues as director of Wits End Poetry, an arts integration specialist with the Metropolitan Arts Council, and a member of the SC Humanities Council’s Speaker's Bureau. Over sixty of her poems have been featured in a variety of literary journals and anthologies including From the Page to the Stage, Growing up Girl, The Asheville Poetry Review, and many more. You can learn more about her at www.kimberlysimms.com or connect with her on twitter @

www.kimberlysimms.com

 

Co-Artistic Dirctor Moody Black

Moody Black

Moody Black oversees grass roots promotion and event coordination, as well as serving as the 2016 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.

Co-Artistic Dirctor Kimbi The Goddess

Kimbi

She has been the Co-Artistic Director 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 is a spoken word artist and Regional Haiku Champion. He is a long time volunteer, team member, and host of Sunday nights at Coffee Underground.

Black Phoenix

 

Currently booking Summer/Fall 2017. 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.

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. Feature Poet TBD. 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 20, 2017. Feature Poet TBD. 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 TBD. 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. Feature Poet TBD. 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 Hosts Kimberly Simms, Moody Black, and Kimbi the Goddess. 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.

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 Petty Slam. 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 Edgar Allen Poe Octavis Celebration. 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! Poets will include Moody Black, Kimberly Simms, Johnny C Weaver, I Am Picturesque, Black Phoenix, and more! 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.

November 2016 "Say What" featuring

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 Feature Poet TBD. 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 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 Summer/Fall 2017. 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.