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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 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 Justin Blackburn and Caleb Beissert of Asheville! 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.

Sunday December 31st Alchemy Comedy Improv New Year's Eve Celebration. Three shows 7:30, 9:00, 10:30. Tickets to All three shows available online at alchemycomedy.com, or at the Alchemy Comedy Theater Box Office! Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm.

Sunday January 7th 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 14th. Open Mic plus Feature poet Sherrita C. Williams of Greensboro NC is a gifted artist who testifies encouragement, love, and spiritual enlightenment in her lyrical performance poetry. Her hip-hop inspired debut EP, Ulterior Motive, was released in 2015 on Bandcamp.com. "smooth riding music and poetry put together to make you feel great!" Sherrita is currently working on "For The Love of My Life" scheduled for release in 2018. You can follow her on Instagram @iam_shewill. Night includes an open mic. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Sunday January 21st. Open Mic plus Feature poet Sa Jules of Augusta, GA is fertilized from the rich soil of Wisconsin and transplanted to savory fields of Georgia. Sa Jules has been writing and assassinating the mic as a spoken word artist since the age of eleven. She spits pure uncensored truth with no chasers. Night includes open mic. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Suday January 28th 2018. Grand Slam Poetry Slam. Pe-qualified poets who reside in the state of South Carolina will compete to earn a spot on the 2018 Greenville Slam Team. To earn your spot in this poetry slam, participate in the last Sunday of the Month poetry slam at Coffee Underground to earn qualifying points. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.



February 4th 2018. Closed (Super Bowl Sunday)

Sunday February 11 2018 Open Mic Plus Feature Poets IAmPicturesque and Johnny C Weaver organizers and slammasters of Spartaburg, SC. 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 February 18 2018 $100 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 February 25th. 2018 Open Mic Feature poet Wayne Henry of Dallas, TX. Wayne is a member of the award winning Dallas Slam Team and a renowned touring poet. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Sunday March 4th 2018 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 March 11th 2018. Carolina Slam Tour & Fundraiser with three slam teams competing in the National Poetry Slam Style to thrill audiences with powerful group pieces and individual performances from the hottest poets on the circuit. Plus limited 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 March 18th, 2018. Open Mic plus feature poet Marcus Amaker. Marcus Amaker is the poet laureate and Renaissance man of Charleston, SC. His seventh book, Mantra, is also an app, featuring audio, video and new poems. Marcus’ poems have been featured on TEDx, PBS NewshourA&E, the Huffington Post, several journals and poetry collections. poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

March 25th, 2018. $100 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 April 1, 2018. 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 April 8th, 2018. Open Mic plus Feature Poet Ebony Stewart. Ebony Stewart is an international touring performance artist and slam poet. The only 3 time adult female slam champion in Austin TX. Top 4 indie poet her first time at the 2016 Southern Fried Poetry Slam. Recently crowned the 2017 Woman of the World Poetry Slam Champion. Ebony Stewart is, the story of the black girl winning. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Sunday April 15th, 2018. Carolina Slam Tour & Fundraiser with three slam teams competing in the National Poetry Slam Style to thrill audiences with powerful group pieces and individual performances from the hottest poets on the circuit. Plus limited 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 April 22nd, 2018. Feature Available. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Sunday April 29, 2018. Queen of the South Slam. The historical annual all womens poetry slam held in Greenville South Carolina! Its been 14 years of providing the platform where the women in the south eastern region showcase their power and spoken word skills!
Located at Coffee Underground (downtown)
1 East Coffee St Greenville SC 29601 Visit the blog to get on the list if you want to slam or questions to witsendpoetrysc@gmail.com! Taking 15 poets. Early bird registration fee of $15 due April 24th. After 4/24 the fee will be $20.



 

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

 

Wits End Poetry Staff

Executive Director Kimberly J Simms

To Book Kimberly please email kimberlyjsimmspoet@gmail.com.

Kimberly Simms is the founder and director of nonprofit Wits End Poetry. Kimberly is a pioneer in the poetry slam world as one of the first female slammasters, a member of the first National all female team, a Southern Fried Poetry Slam Champion, and a member emeritus of the Executive Council of Poetry Slam Inc. She has directed prestigious events such as the World Poetry Slam and the Southern Fried Poetry Slam. You can learn more about her at www.kimberlysimms.com

Artistic Dirctor Moody Black

Moody Black oversees grass roots promotion and event coordination, as well as serving as the Greenville Co-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.

Director Kimbi The Goddess.

She has been an Artistic Advisor 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

Black Phoenix is the sound and technical director of Wits End Poetry. He is a national Haiku champion, a national Nerd Slam Champion, and a South East Regional Haiku Champion and has been a member of many slam teams. He is a long time volunteer, team member, and host of Sunday nights at Coffee Underground.

Be One of the First to Read
our Founder's Debut Book!

LINDY LEE: SONGS ON MILL HILL (by Kimberly J Simms) brings to life the social fault lines of textile mills in the rural Carolina Piedmont — themes of child labor, the changing roles of women, of a fading away of life where isolation is juxtaposed against a strong sense of community.

More information at www.kimberlyjsimms.com

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Multiple copies: For each personally signed copy, put a comma between each name.

Liven Up Your Community Event
with a Poetry Slam!

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.
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.

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

 

The 2017 Greenville Slam Team

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The 2017 Greenville Slam Team is composed of slammaster Moody Black and SM administrator Kimberly Simms. The competing team members include Moody Black, Bittersweet (Grand Champion), D. Dove, and Sassy the Poet. Coach: Celestial Poet.

CONGRATULATIONS TO 2017 Greenville Slam Team who placed SECOND Place at the 2017 Southern Fried Poetry Slam (South East Regional with 33 teams) in Louisville, KY.

The team will travel to the Southern Fried Poetry Slam (South East Regional) in June 2016 in Louisville KY to compete against 32 South Eastern Teams. In August, the team will travel to Denver Colorado to compete against 72 slam teams from across the country.


Thank you to the sponsors of the Greenville Slam Team!!
1. Wits End Poetry http://www.witsendpoetry.com
2. The Watering Hole: https://twhpoetry.wordpress.com/
3. DeMent Studios, Melinda DeMent
4. Marlanda Dekine http://www.sapientsoul.com/

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
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.

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

 

Currently booking Summer 2018. 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 attach a picture and copy your bio into the body of your email.

Sunday May 6th 2018 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 May 13th, 2018. Mother's Day Open Mic and Slam Team Fundraiser. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Sunday May 20th, 2018 Carolina Slam Tour & Fundraiser with three slam teams competing in the National Poetry Slam Style to thrill audiences with powerful group pieces and individual performances from the hottest poets on the circuit. Plus limited 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 May 27th, 2018. King of the South Slam. The historical, original all male poetry slam held in Greenville South Carolina! Don't miss the top male poets of the south east region showcase their power and spoken word skills! Located at Coffee Underground (downtown)
1 East Coffee St Greenville SC 29601 Visit the blog to get on the list if you want to slam or questions to witsendpoetrysc@gmail.com! Taking 15 poets. Registration fee of $15 due April 24th.

Sunday June 3rd, 2018 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 June 10th, 2018 Greenville Slam Team Fundraiser. 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.

June 12th - Sunday, June 17th, 2018 Southern Fried Poetry Slam in San Antonio, Texas.

Sunday June 17th, 2018 Feature Available. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Sunday June 24th, 2018 $100 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 July 1st, 2018 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 July 8th, 2018 Feature Available. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Sunday July 15th, 2018 Carolina Slam Tour & Fundraiser with three slam teams competing in the National Poetry Slam Style to thrill audiences with powerful group pieces and individual performances from the hottest poets on the circuit. Plus limited 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 July 22nd, 2018 Feature Available. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

July 29th $100 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.

August 5th 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.