Wits End Poetry

 

Promoting the Art of Poetry in the Upstate of SC since 2002!
Send your  poetry events to witsendpoetry@yahoo.co.uk to have your event added.
Wits End Poetry is the longest running poetry series in South Carolina!

 

Say What Open Mic
Sunday Nights 7:30 Coffee Underground Downtown Gville

Say What Open Mic 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.

Poetry Award

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

December 27th, 2015- Last Slam of the Year!
Sign-up for slam starting at 7:00pm. Short open mic. A slam is a performance poetry competition judged by 5 randomly chosen members of the audience. You can read from the page, but memorized poems score better. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Poetry Slam

January 3rd, 2016 "Say What" featuring Extended Open Mic! hosted by Moody Black. All poetry styles welcome. Please sign up starting at 7:00 pm. Each poet should keep their reading under five minutes. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

moody black


January 10th, 2016 "Say What" featuring Black Phoenix (Upstate,SC) who is the south east regional Southern Fried Slam Haiku Champion. Don't miss this poet who speak from the heart while mixing quips and inspiration into the mix. The night will also feature a short open mic. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

 

black phoenix

January 17th, 2016 "Say What" featuring Extended Open Mic. All poetry styles welcome.  Please sign up starting at 7:00 pm. Each poet should keep their reading under five minutes.  1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.



January 24th, 2016 Grand Slam to determine
2016 Slam Team!

This slam will determine the 2016 Upstate Slam Team who will travel to the South East Regional Slam and the National Poetry Slam in the summer of 2016. A slam is a performance poetry competition judged by 5 randomly chosen members of the audience. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.


January 31st, 2016- "Say What" featuring 2015 Slam Team. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

February 7th, 2016 featuring 2016 Slam Team (Super Bowl Sunday). All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

February 14th, 2016. Valentine's Day Open Mic. All poetry styles welcome.  Please sign up starting at 7:00 pm. Each poet should keep their reading under five minutes.  1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

February 21st, 2016 "Say What" featuring Queen T of Charlotte, NC, who is the 2014 Queen of the South Champion. She is a also a veteran of the spoken word scene having competeted in the Southern Fried and National Poetry Slam. A short open mic will be hosted by Moody Black. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Queen T

February 28th, 2016 Poetry Slam! Sign-up for slam starting at 7:00pm. Short open mic. A slam is a performance poetry competition judged by 5 randomly chosen members of the audience. You can read from the page, but memorized poems score better. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

March 6th, 2016 "Say What" featuring Extended Open Mic! hosted by Moody Black. All poetry styles welcome. Please sign up starting at 7:00 pm. Each poet should keep their reading under five minutes. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

March 13th featuring 2016 Slam Team. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

March 20th, 2016 "Say What" featuring Jason Frisby & Lady Vee (Atlanta,GA) All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

March 27th, 2016 Poetry Slam! Sign-up for slam starting at 7:00pm. Short open mic. A slam is a performance poetry competition judged by 5 randomly chosen members of the audience. You can read from the page, but memorized poems score better. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

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

 

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

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WitsEndPoetry is a 501C3 Charity
(since 2002).

For booking, please contact Kimbi the Goddess via Facebook. 2016 is currently booked. 2017 will be booked based on performers viewed at the 2016 National Poetry Slam this August.

For business inquiries, please note that Wits End Poetry has no budget for marketing or web serves. If you contact us regarding these services, we will assume that you are offering your services to us for free.

Wits End Poetry's Hosts and Open Mic Wins Awards!

Congratulations to Moody Black and Kimbi The Goddess for being named Hosts of the Year by the 2015 National Poetry Awards at a ceremony held September 18-19, 2005 in New Jersey.

In addition, the Wits End Poetry Say What Open Mic was nominated as Open Mic of the Year for 2015!

Our open mic is held every Sunday night at Coffee Underground at 7:30 pm. All poetry styles are welcome.

2016 Feature Line Up
January 2016 to December 2016

 

February 21st, 2016 "Say What" featuring Queen T(Charlotte,NC) All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Queen T

March 20th, 2016 "Say What" featuring Jason Frisby & Lady Vee (Atlanta,GA) All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

April 2016 Special Event for National Poetry Month. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

May 15th, 2016 "Say What" featuring Kross Words (Greensboro,NC) All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

June 12th, 2016 "Say What" featuring Beshuan Judah (Birmingham,AL) All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

July 10th, 2016 "Say What" featuring Ashlee Haze of Atlanta, GA who is a regular host of Decatur's famous Java Monkey Sunday night poetry series. The night will include an opn mic. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Ashlee Haze

August 21st, 2016 "Say What" featuring Southern Fried Poetry Champion, Moses West (Duval, Fl) ,plus limited open mic. This former UNF student has turned his passion for lyrics and poems into a business that has a fan base as big as its soul. “Mo” is the current Southern Fried Poetry Champion. Recently he has joined forces with local comedians to form Cometry, a unique blend of comedy acts and spoken word. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Moses West

September 11th, 2016 "Say What" featuring El Ja(Fayetteville,NC) All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

October 2nd, 2016 "Say What" featuring Adam Beane(Atlanta, GA) All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

November 2016 "Say What" featuring Queen It Shall Be of Columbia, SC. Queen It Shall Be is a poet and community organzier who brings a unique voice and strong heart to her spoken word. The night also features an open mic. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Queen It Shall Be

December 2016- "Say What" featuring Devery Brooks of Orlando, Florida. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Wits End Poetry Staff

Executive Director Kimberly Simms

Kimberly Simms

Kimberly Simms oversees grants, public relations, and the website. She is a published poet, Southern Fried Champion, novelist, and mother. She holds a Bachelors in English from Furman Univeristy and a Masters in English from Clemson University. Kimberly founded Wits End Poetry in 2002 after returning from living abroad.

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 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. In this capacity, she manages the event planning for the Sunday night series “Say What” Open Mic at Coffee Underground every Sunday night. 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.