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2011 Slam Teams

Slam Team Try-outs were held Sunday, September 26 1010 at Coffee Underground/ 1 E Coffee Underground for Team-“Say What!”

Team “Say What”- Babi Doll the Lioness, Black Phoenix, Johnny C. Weaver, Moody Black(Coffee Underground Slam Champion for 2010 and Slam Captain), Old Soul, and Sensitive Topic (alternate).

Slam Team tryouts were held on Thursday, September 30 2010 at Club 100/ 100 Byrdland Drive for Team-“Say Word!”

Team “Say Word”- Closet Poet, Phloetic Justice (Club 100 Slam Champion for 2010), Ra Ra Soul Devine (Slam Captain), Sapient Soul, Tashe Hicklin, and Blaq Socrotes (alternate)

Both teams will represent Upstate SC in Atlanta, GA for the Southern Fried Slam Competitions in June 2011 and Boston, MA for the National Poetry Slam Competitions in August.


Past Members of Upstate Slam Teams


1997/1998/2003-2009. Slammaster Kimberly Simms is a poet, coach, facilitator, and director of Wits End Poetry, a non-profit poetry organization in Greenville, SC. In addition to working with the Metropolitan Arts Council’s SmartArts project, Simms has also worked as Assistant Editor for the South Carolina Review. Fifteen of her poems appear in the limited edition anthology from Ninety-Six Press, Quintet. Her publishing credits include Plains Song Review, The Millennium Sampler of SC Poetry, AIM Magazine, and The Absinthe Literary Review. Please visit for more information. She has been featured on Turner South's "My South" and on NPR's "Your Day."

Kimberly Simms Gibbs

2004/2006/2007/2008. Slammaster. Moody Black aka Robert E. Mullins, Jr. of Spartanburg dedicates himself to spoken word and helping local area youth through his work at the T.K. Gregg Recreation Center. He is the father of three beautiful children and was the champion of the Spartanburg 2004 Grand Slam.

2008. Sarah Efird aka Psychotic Muppet. Sarah Efird is a poet, teacher, cartoonist, and humorist from Greenville, SC. At her first Southern Fried, Sarah garnered a cult like following for off beat and quirky humor.

2008. Johnny C. Weaver. Johnny C. Weaver is a poet, rapper, actor, and emcee from Spartanburg, SC. His poems range from subjects to love to family and his high energy performances always bring joy to audiences across the Carolinas!

2008. Kimbi the Goddess. Coming straight out of Greenville, S.C. and raised in New York. Kimbi Yates aka Kimbi the Goddess has grown to be one of down south’s most prolific performers. Fusing a blend of Hip-Hop, Soul, and Poetry, this talented one-woman act delivers a unique rhythmic message in which each new listener finds common ground. Kimbi the Goddess has been writing poetry (or as she say, emptying her thoughts) for over eight years and has become a prominent force on a multi-regional poetry scene.

2004/2006. Slam Champion. Mo'ses was a member of the 2003/2005 Columbia Slam Teams and the 2004 Upstate Slam Team. He has performed his hip hop infused poems across the south east and is a member of Project Lotus. He has most recently been a member of the New Danger Slam Teams in 2007 and 2008.

2007/2006 Mariangela MiHai - 25 y.o.born and raised under the communist era for the first 9 years of her life in Romania. Social worker, currently student, changing direction toward psychology. Member of 2006 Upstate Slam Team. She says, "I owe my love for words and the insatiable thirst for knowledge to my father's image and influence, and to the breathtaking scenery of the little village I grew up in, in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains."

2005/2006. John Starino (SilDag) was a member of the 2005/2006 Upstate Slam Team. He is Host for Phoenix Tongue at The Red Tub, West Columbia, SC, a Wednesday weekly Open Mic that brings poets, musicians, and storytellers together to share their Word. He is a Frisson Artist with the Columbia Museum of Art. He is author to two self-published chapbooks, crossings and Rapier Rapids.

2006/2004. Preston Scott Tillotson is founding member of a Spartanburg based jazz/poetry trio, with smooth smokey sounds and folkish words of night life wisdoms that take you through the pool halls and juke-joints of the urban south. Cool down and light up the night...CAN - YOU - DIG - IT ? ! He was featured on Turner South's "My South."

2006. Melanie Masson is moving out of the audience and onto the stage. Raised in Greenville, this 2006 Upstate Slam team memeber embraces a variety of subject matter and has been published in Winthrop University's 'Anthology' and the local 'Psychotic Education'. Melanie now lives in Seattle, WA.

2005-2003. Jonathan Brown is native of Greenville, SC who currently lives in Charleston, SC where he teaches Literature. He was a member of the 2006 Bay Area Slam Team in California and holds an MFA in poetry.

2005-2003. Jus Caus offers a message of awareness through the expanding spoken word art form of slam poetry. A native of Greenville, SC, his poetry transcends boundaries, attracting audiences that reflect the diversity of America. His increasing list of credits includes being a veteran of the Greenville National Slam Team; touring universities and colleges; and performing at a variety of indoor and outdoor functions across the nation, ranging from the 2005 World Poetry Slam to Florida State University. Whether performing for high-risk children or appearing on Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam on HBO, his reputation as a poetic force is spreading. For more information visit