Contemporary Poetry in the Carolinas and beyond

About Wit’s End Poetry

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

Wits End Poetry is a full 501 (c) (3) tax exempt non-profit and SC charity. Our programs improve literacy and help build creative capital in South Carolina. We are in desparate need of donations to expand our educational programs, as well as to continue to bring nationally recognized poets to our area. We receive support from the South Carolina Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Arts Council.

For additional information on how to donate please email All donations are tax deductible. In-kind donations are also appreciated.

  Events held at Coffee Underground at 1 East Coffee Street, Greenville, SC 29601 and at Radio Room 110 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville, SC.


Carolina Regional Poetry Slam 11/21/21  

Sun, November 21, 2021
Radio Room, 110 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville, SC.
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
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Bless the Mic Poetry Slam & Holiday Celebration
Sun, December 19th, 2021
Radio Room, 110 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville, SC.
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
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Say What Open Mic Sundays at Coffee Underground

Every Sunday except 11/21 and 12/19
Coffee Underground. 1 E. Coffee Street. Greenville, SC.
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
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Poetry Goes Viral

@Carolina Poets Bimonthly on 2nd & 4th Thursdays on Facebook Live and our YouTube Channel
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
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Education Outreach

Wits End Poetry sponsors Upstate Teen Poetry Clubs and Poetry Residencies in Greenville County schools in partnership with SmartARTS!

We have previously worked with League Academy, Tanglewood Middle School, Greenville High School, and Carolina High School. We are also a partner with the Metropolitan Arts Council's SmartARTS program which serves 34 schools across Greenville County.

What is 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 ) based on the poet's content and performance.

The National Poetry Slam and Southern Fried Poetry Slam are 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. The indivdual World Poetry Slam was conceptualized by our founder Kimberly Simms and held initially in Greenville, SC in 2004. Kimberly Simms also conceptualized the Queen of the South Poetry Slam and the Women of the World Poetry Slam while serving on the executive council of the national non-profit Poetry Slam Inc from 2005-2008.

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.
The Southern Fried Poetry Slam is held annually every June.



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Sunday Night

Say What!! Open Mic featuring hosted by Moody Black, Jenice Pleasant, and more. 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. Produced by Wits End Poetry. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30 pm. $7. Please see our Eventbrite for event details.

Every Sunday Night 7:30 pm at Coffee Underground 1 E. Coffee Street. Featured poets, Slam and our Weekly Open Mic