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 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.

Poetry Award

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

May 1st, 2016 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.

Poetry Slam

Sunday, May 8th, 2016 Multi-Voiced Poetry Slam hosted by Kimberly Simms. This event will bring a twist to the standard poetry slam. During this event, teams of two to four poets are invited to compete in a two round poetry slam. To raise the standard of this event and to welcome traveling poets, group poets will be able to sign up in advance via email witsendpoetrysc@gmail.com or message Kimberly Simms Gibbs on Facebook. This event will follow the normal format of the poetry slam, except that at least two poets must be feature in each poem. The winning group of poets will receive $150. Poets may read from the page if needed. The night will also feature an open mic.


Sunday, May 15th, 2016. Feature poet KrossWordz with host Moody Black. KrossWordz has been a Slam Poet for 11 years. He has been on multiple slam teams in his native New Jersey, and ultimately Piedmont SLAM where he was Grand Slam Champion of 2011 and now SLAM CHARLOTTE. He has travelled the country spreading truth and wisdom through humor and intelligence. Recording his first CD, LYRICA ENIGMA in 2003, and second CD in 2009, he has sold over 10,000 copies and is working on material to record the long awaited third, yet untitled release. He currently resides in Greensboro, NC. The night will include a Question and Answer session as well as a CD signing after the reading. A short open mic will allow local poets to share their work.

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016. Bullcity Durham vs Upstate Slam Exhibition. Hosted by Kimberly Simms. This exciting high-energy poetry slam will pit former National Poetry Slam Champion, Durham, NC against our own local poets in a two round poetry slam. Preview the National Poetry Slam in August 2016 as both these teams will be heading to Nationals! Like any poetry slam, judges will be chosen from the audience, but the slam is merely a vehicle to create magic on stage! The night will also feature a short open mic. Bull City Slam Team

Sunday, May 29th, 2016 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 a highest possible score of thirty. The winner of the slam will receive a $100 prize.

Moody Black

 

Sunday, June 5th, 2016 Local Poet Spotlight and Open Mic hosted by guest host. Three local poets from the previous open mics will each be offered a spotlight feature during which they can each share ten minutes of their poems with the audience. Moody Black and Kimberly Simms will curate this event. This opportunity will give local poets the chance to build their performance resume and to gain experience in a longer format. Also, new audiences will be built for the Sunday night series as spotlight poets invite their friends and relatives. The night will also feature ten open mic slots for local poets on a first come, first serve basis.


Sunday, June 12th, 2016 Feature poet Beshaun Judah of Birmingham, Alabama with host Moody Black. Born as BeShaun Leavell, the artist Shaun Judah is a well-seasoned Emcee and Poet. However the stage handle Shaun Judah is not just a moniker of convenience, "Shaun" meaning God is Gracious and "Judah" meaning praise or to praise. Both names capture the essence of this man, who recognizes that he has experienced God's grace on a daily basis and through his toughest moments in life. Because of the grace that Shaun has received, he expresses his spirituality that inspires him through life. The night will feature a Question and Answer session as well as a book signing. The night will also feature a short open mic for local poets.

 

June 19th, 2016 Team Charlotte vs Upstate Slam Team. Hosted by Kimberly Simms. This exciting high-energy poetry slam will pit two-time National Poetry Slam Champions, Team Charlotte against our own local poets in a two round poetry slam. Preview the National Poetry Slam in August 2016 as both these teams will be heading to Nationals! Like any poetry slam, judges will be chosen from the audience, but the slam is merely a vehicle to create magic on stage! The night will also feature a short open mic. 

Sample Charlotte poem: https://youtu.be/hpUV6Q9Wx54

Upstate Slam Team

Upstate Slam Team: Bittersweet, De Dove, Trez the Truth, and Jahbu


Sunday, June 26th, King of the South 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.

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



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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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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).

Poets, no feature slots are available. 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
August to December 2016

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.