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

 

Poetry Events Every Sunday at Coffee Underground at 7:30pm in Downtown Greenville. [1 E. Coffee Street] A project of Wits End Poetry managed by Kimberly J Simms and Moody Black.

First Sundays: Say What Extended Open Mic Hosted by Moody Black. Second and Third Sundays: Featuring the hottest poets from across the region plus open mic. Last Sundays: Say What Poetry Slam! Sign-up starts at 7:00pm. All poetry styles welcome! No shows on major holidays as posted.

This project is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

September 2 Extended Open Mic (Labor Day Weekend) 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. $7.

September 9. Bria the Great. Charleston, SC. Bria Davis is a talented performer who hosts a monthly poetry event in Charleston, SC. She is a Queen of the South finalist and LGBT activitst. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $7.

September 16. The Bumming the Resurrection Tour featuring. Featuring members of the 2018 National Poetry Slam Champions Slam Charlotte! Fall for Greenville ends at 6:30 so parking will be plentiful by 7:00! All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $7.

 

September 23. Len Lawson. Len Lawson is the author of forthcoming full-length poetry collection Chime (Get Fresh Books, 2019), the chapbook Before the Night Wakes You (Finishing Line Press, 2017) and co-editor of Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race (Muddy Ford Press, 2017). He won the 2016 Jasper Magazine Artist of the Year Award in Literary Arts and was named among "Ten South Carolina Poets to Watch" by Richland County Library in 2018. Len is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. He received a fellowship from Callaloo and a residency from Vermont Studio Center. He currently teaches English at the University of South Carolina Sumter. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $7.

 

Saturday 29th. THE ART OF SLAM CONFERENCE! #WORKSHOPS. 11 am - Evening

September 29. 16 Year Anniversary Celebration Invitational $800 Poetry Slam! 8 pm

October 7th, 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. $7.

October 14th 2018 MILK The night will also feature a short open mic. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $7.

October 21st 2018. Maha Adachi of Miami by way of NC. Fresh off the heels of the Jill Scott's summer tour as her opening act, Maha Adachi has been featured on national television, hosted an open mic night at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, was a regular at Abiodun Oyewole's Sunday poetry gathering at his home in Harlem and toured performing at countless colleges and poetry venues throughout the country. The literary and performance inspiration that Maha clings to comes from classic writers of the Harlem Renaissance, the revolutionary poets of the late 60's. Because of her love for hip-hop and gospel music her work is also influenced by the sounds of Outkast, Big KRIT, Mahalia Jackson, and Kirk Franklin. The night will also feature a short open mic. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $7.

 

October 28th 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 $100 prize. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $10.

November 4th. 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. $7.

November 11th. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $7.

November 18th Nate Mask and Ryan J - veterans of the Atlanta poetry scene, veterans of Java Monkey slam teams, founders of HomeGrown Poetry, and recently finishing a California and midwest tour. And as it turns out - people do like them! The night will also feature a short open mic. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $7.

November 25th. $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 $100 prize. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $10.

December 2nd. 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. $7.

December 9th Sa Jules of Augusta, GA. 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. The night will also feature a short open mic. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $7.

December 16th. Jonathan Brown Aggressively Vulnerable Tour out of New Orleans. Hip Hop infused spoken word. Jonathan Brown holds a BA in Communication from the College of Charleston, an MA in Writing and Consciousness from New College of California, and an MFA from the University of New Orleans. On the stage, Jonathan is a rhinoceros, trouncing around; on the page, he’s an alchemist, transmuting vulnerability into a source of peace. He’s a prism splitting light in all directions.The night will also feature a short open mic. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $7.

 

December 23rd Merry Christmas. No Show!

December 30th. Not Quite New Year 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 $100 prize. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $10.

Saturday 29th. THE ART OF SLAM CONFERENCE! #WORKSHOPS

Don't miss this one day poetry slam conference that includes workshops on writing and performing slam poetry, as well as live performances, panels, private coaching, and the opportunity to showcase your talent! Workshop leaders include Asia Samson, Daryl Funn, Kimberly J Simms, Moody Black, Johnny C. Weaver and more!

This conference will allow all levels of poets to grow their art through workshops with professional poets. Three tracks are available: teacher, teen, or adult. (beginer or experienced)

Workshops will be held from 11:00 am to 5:00pm with snacks and lunch included. Teen Poetry Slam ata 6pm. Afterparty, showcase, and cookout at 8m.

Please register or get more information at

http://witsendpoetry.blogspot.com/p/conference.html

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

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.

 

Saturday 29th - 30th, 2018 | THE ART OF SLAM IMMERSION
& ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!

SCHEDULE

TICKETS on Eventbrite:

 https://www.eventbrite.com/o/wits-end-poetry-6492365645

The Art of Slam Immersion on 9/29 at Artistry Gallery starting at 9:00 am will feature writing and performance workshops and a slam demonstration. The evening will headline the $800 16th Anniversary Invitational Poetry Slam featuring poets from across the South East. This event will provide opportunities for experienced and emerging poets as well as an exciting event for local audiences! On Sunday night 9/30, Art of Slam workshop particpants will have the opportunity to showcase their poetry.

REGISTRATION FOR WORKSHOPS: Sign up for a fun poetry slam immersion where you can learn the fundamentals of slam poetry through writing and performance workshops/panels 9:00 am to 6:30 pm with professional poets like Asia Samson, Daryl Funn, Moody Black, Johnny C Weaver, Sassy the Poet, Kimberly Simms, and more PLUS optionally participate in an evening showcase at Coffee Underground on 9/30. Three tracks are available: teacher, teen, or adult. Register on Eventbrite.

PUBLIC EVENT: TICKETS $10 Join us on Saturday 9/29 at 8 pm at Artistry for our $800 Anniversary Invitational Slam where the top poets from across the South East will give high energy performances. Celebrating Wits End Poetry's 16th Anniversary!Sign up or get more information. Tickets go on sale soon on Eventbrite.

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.

This performance and workshop ART of Slam Conference is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the South Carolina Arts Commission.

This project is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Help fund our community projects! 501 C3 Non-profit!

- Weekly high-quality poetry events each Sunday at Coffee Underground plus open mic for local poets.

- The Greenville Slam Team annually sends 5 local poets to regional (Southern Fried Poetry Slam) and national (National Poetry Slam) competition.

- Annual flagship events including the Queen of the South Slam (April), the King of the South Slam (May), the Anniversary Slam (September).

- NEW Annual "The Art of Slam Conference" where emerging local poets, teens, and teachers can build their craft and expand their knowledge of poetry slam with professional poets.

- NEW Brave New Voices TEEN programming coming 2018 - 2019.

- Maintaining online web presence to promote the art of performance poetry through our website, twitter, instagram, and facebook pages.

No Unsolicited Emails for web or other services. Unsolicited service emails will be billed at the cost of $15 per email to support our charity. #grassroots WEBSITE IS DESIGNED IN HOUSE BY Director..

2018 Slam Team heads to Texas for the 24th Annual Southern FriedPoetry Slam.

Please visit the blog for the latest information on the 2018 Upstate Slam Team.

Congratulations to the Greenville Say What Slam Team represented South Carolina and who finished 5th out of 80 teams in the Nation at the National Poetry Slam. They beat out big city teams such as San Diego, Oakland, St. Louis, Houston, Portland and more. We also sent our team to the Southern Fried Poetry Slam Festival in San Antonio Texas in June 2018. Let's help our local talent continue to grow as artists and repesent our talented community here in the Upstate of SC!

http://witsendpoetry.blogspot.com/

Ever wondered about the history and purpose of Poetry Slam? Check out this TedX Talk by our founder Kimberly Simms:

Support Poetry in the Schools

New Teen Programming Coming Soon!

Wits End Poetry "Upstate Rah!" is currently raising money to create teen programming including a monthly poetry club and Brave new voices team for the 2018 - 2019 school year in the Upstate of SC. Please support our effort by donating below.

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

Let us Curate Poetry for Your Next Event!

Do you need spoken word poets to liven up your next event? Poets are available to perform at your community events. We can find the perfect poet to compliment the vision for your event!

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.

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).
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

Interested in featuring? Please be sure to include your slam team affiliations and slam accolades with your email of interest. We are a poetry 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. We feature poets on the 2nd/3rd Sundays. PLEASE NOTE: WE BOOK AT LEAST 6 MONTHS IN ADVANCE.
FALL is Booked. Currently booking Jan-Aug.

DO NOT EMAIL ABOUT WEB OR OTHER SERVICES OR YOU WILL BE INVOICED A $15 FEE TO SUPPORT OUR CHARITY.

January 6th 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. $7.

January 13th, 2019 Shay Alexi of Atlanta. Shay is a radically tender poet and performance artist who explores the intersections of girlhood, mental health, sexuality, and self love. Their chapbook, DIARY OF A GHOST GIRL, is forthcoming from Glass Poetry Press. Shay is the 2017 Java Monkey slam champion and winner of the 2017 Brett Elizabeth Jenkins poetry prize. The night will also include a short open mic. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $7.

January 20th, 2019. Feature to be announced.All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $7.

January 27th. Annual Grand Slam.Hosted by Moody Black. Qualified poets compete for a spot on the Greenville Slam Team. Top 4 poets will be on the team. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $10.

February 3rd Extended Open Mic (Labor Day Weekend) 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. $7.

February 10th. Feature to be announced. The night will also feature a short open mic. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $7.

February 17th. Slam Team Fundraiser. The night will also feature a short open mic. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $7.

February 24th. $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 $100 prize. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $10.

March 3rd. 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. $7.

March 10th. Feature to be announced. The night will also feature a short open mic. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $7.

March 17th. Carolina Slam Tour. Featuring Greenville Say What vs Team Injustice vs Team TBD. Don't miss this National Style Bout with high energy performances from the top Carolina poets! offee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $10.

March 24th. Feature to be announced. The night will also feature a short open mic. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $7.

March 31st. $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 $100 prize. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $10.

Happy National Poetry Month 2019!

April 7th, 2019. 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. $7.

April 14th, 2019. Slam Team Fundraiser. The night will also feature a short open mic. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $7.

April 21st, 2019. Feature to be announced. The night will also feature a short open mic. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $7.

April 28th. Queen of the South Slam. $400 in prize money! Invitational Poety Slam featuring the top female poets in the South East. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $10.

May 5th, 2019. 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. $7.

May 12th, 2019. Slam Team Fundraiser. The night will also feature a short open mic. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $7.

May 19th, 2019. Feature to be announced. The night will also feature a short open mic. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $7.

May 26th, 2019. King of the South Slam. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $7.