Thursday February 26th
Buddy Wakefield appears at the IPA!
Click here to buy tickets on Eventbrite!
Wits End Poetry is excited to bring Buddy Wakefield back to the Upstate for a one night show as part of his "Riled Up and Wasted on Light Tour." This will be his only appearance in South Carolina!
Read the article in The Greenville Journal:
Other stops on the tour include Iceland, Germany, the Netherlands, NY, Chicago, Michigan State University, Boston University and other prestigious venues across the country.
Doors will open at 7:00 pm for a reception with other local poets, followed by opening act Unifyed Sol Poets and other surprise guests at 8:00 pm. Buddy Wakefield will go on at 8:30 for 45 minutes followed by a Q&A session with the audience. There will be a book signing from 9:30 to 10:00pm including a chance for audience members to mingle and network.
BUDDY WAKEFIELD is the three-time world champion spoken word artist featured on NPR, the BBC, HBO's Def Poetry Jam, ABC Radio National and most recently signed to Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe Records. In 2004 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals (in Greenville, SC), which launched his career. Then he successfully defended that title at the International Poetry Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands against the national champions of seven European countries with works translated into Dutch.
|Upstate Poets with Wits End Poetry in the Community
National Poetry Month Community Barbeque at Paris Mountain State Park: April 18th, 2015 at 2:00pm!
Upstate poets bring your families for an afternoon grill out with swimming, family, fun, and of course - an open mic!
Annual Upstate "Rah!" Week
Community Service and Fun!
Every Second Week in September
As part of the 12th year anniversary of Wits End Poetry and Unifyed Sol Poets, celebrated Upstate "Rah" Week in September 2014! This week of service and community took poets into schools, soup kitchens, and senior centers to give back with their craft.
Upstate Rah Week is held every year in September as part of our annual anniversary.
In 2014, poets went to the Sterling Community Center to visit with seniors and hold a Slam! They performed at Heritage Elementary and Northwest Middle School! Poets also visited Greer High School and Bell Street Middle School!
|Check out tracks from Unifyed Sol Poets: Moody Black and Kimbi The Goddess. Now available for download! |
xpress Your Soul Fridays
Greer, SC at Stomping Grounds!
xpress Your Soul Fridays
Hosted by Cuffed Amethyst
of Purple Links Enterprises
Stomping Grounds Coffee Bar
208 Trade Street, Greer, SC 29651
Hours: Friday Nights - 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
January 30 Open mic Sapient Soul Spartanburg
February 6 Open mic Che’zee Atlanta, GA
February 20 Open mic No Feature
March 6 Open mic JC Weaver of Spartanburg, SC
March 20 Open mic No Feature
April 3 Open mic Jennice Pleasant Greenville, SC
April 17 Open mic Ladies Mic Wheatley Slam
May 1 Open mic Nikii Vonn Charlotte, NC
May 15 Open mic No Feature
May 29 Open mic Max Lit Greenville, SC
June 5 Open mic Tenisha Jones Charlotte, NC
June 19 Open mic No Feature
July 3 Open mic Wisdohm Withanh Columbia, SC
July 17 Open mic No Feature
July 31 Open mic Men’s Mic Kings of the Evening Slam
August 7 Open mic Quinecia DaPoetess Alabama
August 21 Open mic No Feature
Sept. 4 Open mic RaRa Soul Columbia, SC
JUNE 4th - 7th 2014
Southern Fried Poetry Slam Festival
June 4th to 7th . Downtown Greenville.
GREENVILLE, SC: From Wednesday June 4th until Saturday June 7th across downtown Greenville venues – Wits End Poetry brought you The 22nd Annual Southern Fried Poetry Slam Regional Competition. 2015 SF Event will be held in Little Rock, AK.
The Finalist for the 2014 Southern Fried Poetry Slam were as follows:
First Place: Bull City, Durham, NC
Second Place: Foreign Tongues, Little Rock, AK
Third Place:2.1.5th, Philadelphia
Fourth Place:Treat Yo Self, Washington, DC
From the original press release:
This nationally recognized event is set to host over 200 regionally renowned poets who compete for thousands of dollars in prize money, along with workshops, panel discussions, and other open to the public events. The Southern Fried Poetry Slam is the Final Four of competitive poetry and has grown to be the second largest poetry competition in the nation attracting over 200 poets and over 32 teams from all over the nation, along with a substantial fan following.
The four day event will take place in downtown Greenville featuring eight evening performances each night at venues such as Coffee Underground, Chicora Alley, Smiley’s Tavern, Connolly’s Irish Pub, Cornerpocket, and more. The event culminates in the Southern Fried Poetry Slam Finals on stage in the Concert Hall at The Peace Center on June 7th at 7:00 pm.
This year the following cities are being represented by teams: Atlanta GA, Charleston SC, Cincinnati OH, Columbia SC, Decatur GA, Durham NC, El Paso TX, Fayetteville NC, Greensboro NC, Greenville SC, Hollywood FL, Hot Springs NC, Jersey City NJ, Killeen TX, Knoxville TN, Little Rock AR, Louisville KY, Memphis TN, Miami FL, Orlando FL, Philadelphia PA, Spartanburg SC, St. Louis MO, Tallahassee FL, Tampa FL, Washington DC, and Winston Salem NC.
In addition, the event will include a variety of youth and adult writing workshops, panel discussions, and open mics, many of which are free and open to the public.
Tickets are for sale via Eventbright at:
Please see www.southernfried2014.com for more information.
Wits End Poetry is a 501 C 3 Charity whose mission is to make poetry as familiar to people in Greenville County, as it is to people in New York, LA, and Chicago. The power of poetry lies in its appeal and relevance to diverse audiences and youth.
The series is funded in part by a grant from the Metropolitan Arts Council, which receives funding from the City of Greenville and the South Carolina Arts Commission with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. This festival 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.
Wits End Poetry Celebrates 12 Years!
Wits End Poetry's "Say What" Open Mic continues under the leadership of Artistic Director Moody Black and Kimbi the Goddess. In June 2014, Wits End Poetry will host the 2014 Southern Fried Poetry Slam. Kimberly Simms Gibbs continues to act as Executive Director of Wits End Poetry as well as the webmaster.
In September 2002, Kimberly Simms held the first Wits End Open Mic in the upstairs of Dougal Maguires Irish Pub. Simms was carrying on the Greenville Slam tradition that had been started by Glenis Redmond in 1996 whens she began the Greenville Poetry Slam. The Greenville Poetry Slam sent slam teams to Nationals in 1997 and 1998, as well as hosted the 1998 Southern Fried Poetry Slam. In 1998, The Greenville Slam Team was also the Southern Fried Champions, as well as being finalists in the 1997 National Poetry Slam. The original 1997 slam team featured Glenis Redmond, Vera Gomez, Kimberly Simms, and Pamela Richie.
In 2002, Kimberly Simms began hosting a monthly open mic and slam at Dougal Maguires. In 2004, she hosted the first annual International World Poetry Slam. After this event, Wits End Poetry began holding events at Coffee Underground every Sunday night at 7:30pm.
The Reading Room
is held the 4th Sundays at Gringo's Cantina at 7:00pm.
Emrys' Reading Room series features regional writers who are published and read nationally. We invite you to hear poets, novelists, and essayists of the Southeast read from their work, ask questions of them, and enjoy fellowship with other friends of the arts. The Upstate also nurtures emerging writers, particularly at the Greenville Fine Arts Center and the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.
Open Mic held monthly at Chicora Alley on first Tuesdays at 7:00pm. If space permits, you may sign up for your 5 minutes at the door. Reserve your spot—email Bonnie Adamson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see website for next events at Emrys.
What is a Poetry Slam?
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. NPS is held annually in August in a different city each year. Please see www.NPS2012Charlotte.com for more information.
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.
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.
|Poetry in Charleston Every Monday! |
Monday Night Blues
Poetry and Music Open Mic
Mondays at 8:00 p.m.
East Bay Coffee House
159 East Bay Street, Charleston
Coffee and Poetry
Sunday Nights 7:30 Coffee Underground Downtown Gville
Coffee and Poetry 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. Hosted by Unifyed Sol Poets!
POETRY IS STILL HAPPENING EVERY SUNDAY AT COFFEE UNDERGROUND AT 7:30PM.
February 15th. Sunday. Don't miss the performance experience: Slam Up Tour featuring Cali and Emily! Recently featured at the LEAF festival, don't miss this zany show! Bring your poems to sign up at the door for the open mic! All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.
February 22nd- Say What?! Team Fundraiser Poetry Slam. Sunday. Extended Open Mic hosted by Say What Slam Team! Bring your poems to sign up at the door for the open mic! All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.
Thursday February 26th
Buddy Wakefield appears at the IPA!
Wits End Poetry is excited to bring Buddy Wakefield - Official Page back to the Upstate for a one night show as part of his "Riled Up and Wasted on Light Tour." This will be his only appearance in South Carolina!
Click here to buy tickets on Eventbrite!
March 1st- Bugsy Calhoun Sunday. Don't miss Orangebury Slammaster and Slam Champ swagger! Bring your poems to sign up at the door for the open mic! All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.
March 8th- Wil Gibson Tour. Bring your poems to sign up at the door for the open mic! All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.
March 15th- Alex Dang & Clementine . Bring your poems to sign up at the door for the open mic! All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.
March 22nd- Extended Open Mic hosted by Unifyed Sol Poets. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5. Happy Spring Break!
March 29th- Say What?! Team Fundraiser Poetry Slam. Sunday. Hosted by Say What Slam Team! Bring your poems to sign up at the door for the open mic! All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.
Upstate Slam Teams 2015:
Slam Team Slam Off was held Sunday, January 25th.at Coffee Underground/ 1 E Coffee Underground for Team-“Say What!”
The 2015 Upstate "Say What" Slam Team is comprised of Slam Coach, Celestial Poet, plus veteran performers Bitter Sweet, Annie Lee, and Trez the Truth!
Coach, Celestial Poet brings truth, hope, and faith to the stage in high energy, and passionate performances. Trez the Truth is a punchline pounding wordsmith who tries to bring a fresh perspective to poetry. Bittersweet is an open minded poet who brings self-love and love for all people to the stage. She spits from the depths of my soul... the birth place of poetry.
This year's team will travel to Little Rock, Arkansaw to participate in the Southern Fried Poetry Slam!
Each year, all poets who have qualified by participating in Sunday night slams are able to try out for the slam team. The top poets with the most points will be eligible. See Moody Black for full details.
Team members will be expected to participate in fund raiser events and practices.
Teams will represent Upstate SC in Arkansaw this June for the Southern Fried Slam Competitions and for the National Poetry Slam Competitions in August.
"Say What" Sunday Night Spring Lineup:
April 5th- Louis Conphliction *(T.b.d Easter Sunday) Bring your poems to sign up at the door for the open mic! All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.
April 12th- PM Sweet Bring your poems to sign up at the door for the open mic! All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.
April 19th- "Do your Favorite Poets Poem" Open Mic (aka Cover Slam) Bring your favorite poems to sign up at the door for the open mic! All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.
April 26th- Queen of the South $400 Slam. The top femail poets in the South East compete for this coveted title! Don't miss the event that inspired the national WOWPS!
May 3rd- Say What?! Team Fundraiser Poetry Slam. Sunday. Hosted by Say What Slam Team! Bring your poems to sign up at the door for the open mic! All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.
May 10th- Sapient Soul. Bring your poems to sign up at the door for the open mic! All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.
May 17th- Extended Open Mic
May 24th- Adan Beam. Bring your poems to sign up at the door for the open mic! All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.
May 31st- King of the South $400 Slam
June 7th- Marcel Price. Bring your poems to sign up at the door for the open mic! All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.
June 14th- Ed Mabrey. National Poetry Slam Champion and touring poet! Don't miss this power house of poetry!
June 21st- Extended Open Mic hosted by Unifyed Sol Poets. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5. Happy Thanksgiving Break!
June 28th- $100 Poetry Slam
|Asheville Poetry Review
Most known as an established literary journal, they also sponsor the occasional poetry event. Don't miss their annual contest. Check them out at
on Facebook for current events
Check out workshops in writing in variety of genres at The Write Place:
In 2014, the Arts Council hosts the 11th Annual Literary and 3rd Annual Youth Literary Competitions! Entries are accepted in two categories: short story and poetry.
Each category, short story and poetry, is judged independently. Authors are permitted to enter both categores and entries are eligible to win an award in each competition, however, there are no repeat prizewinners within the categories.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE | Friday, September 19, 2014 | 5 PM
AWARDS RECEPTION | Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 6 PM
Center for the Arts
121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC | 29730
Check out founder, Kimberly Simms Gibbs, as the feature on the Spoken Word Cafe:
When Kimberly (Founder of Wits End Poetry) is not organizing poetry events and updating the Wits End Poetry website, she is a poet and performer in her own right. She was also recently featured performing her own original poetry at the Art of the Imagination Festival and The ART on the Trail Festival in Travelers Rest, SC.
Read the blog at: http://witsendpoetry.blogspot.com/
|Say What Open Mic on Wednesdays!
Open mic for musicians, singers, and poets
hosted by Demallo aka Mr. Countryfied and mOody bLaCk
Doors open at 8, show starts at 9
$5 General admission
Performers get in FREE
312 N Main St, Mauldin, South Carolina 29662
|Thank you to Wits End Poetry's supporters:
WitsEndPoetry is a 501C3 Charity
Word Play Thursdays
Doors open at 7:00pm
127 West Main Street
Hub City hosts a variet of writing events and writing contests, as well as runs a bookstore. Please visit hubcity.org for more information.
Current Writing Contests:
Creative Writing: Thanks to a new partnership with the Emrys Foundation in Greenville, writers in both Greenville and Spartanburg counties are eligible to participate in our annual creative writing contest. The next deadline for this contest is Feb. 1, 2014. They will take entries in personal essay and short story. Only residents of Greenville and Spartanburg counties may enter. You must be at least 18 years of age to enter.
If you would rather mail your entry, send to HCWP, 186 West Main St, Spartanburg, S.C. 29306. No manuscripts will be returned.
The Novel Contest is also open this year. Deadline March 3, 2014. Applications must be postmarked (or hand-delivered to the S.C. Arts Commission offices before 5:00 PM) no later than the stated date.
Conference: Their annual conference will take place on Friday, July 11th, 2014.
Submit to this contest
Poets at a Recent Coffee Underground Show:
|Upstate Slam Team Upcoming Featured Events
Check out the Upstate Poets of South Carolina on Facebook to keep up with more poetry events!
For features or further information about Sunday night poetry events, please contact Moody Black or Kimbi the Goddess at:
Moody Black and Kimbi the Goddess are the artistic directors for the "Say What" Coffee and Poetry series held every Sunday at Coffee Underground at 7:30pm.
Moody Black was a member of the 2004-2005 Upstate South Carolina Slam Teams, the 2006 Spartanburg S.C. Grand Slam Champion, and the slam master for the Upstate South Carolina Slam Team from 2006-Present. He has been featured on Turner South “My South” commercial in 2006, and has been a Witsendpoetry board member since 2004, published in Still Home (Book of poems from Spartanburg, S.C. poets).
Kimbi the Goddess Mullins
For additional information please email him at moodyblack@ witsendpoetry.com or on facebook at Moody Black or Unifyed Sol Poets.
SlamCharlotte's Monthly Slam at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Spirit Square. Every 2nd Friday. 8pm. $12.
Respect Da Mic Poetry Slam Every 2nd Saturday 2pm/1:30pm draw $10 Gen.Adm Free writing workshop@12pm Harvey B.Gantt Center 500 S.Tryon St. Charlotte, NC www.respectdamic.org
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Every Sunday Night
|South Carolina Literary Organizations:
The Poetry Society of SC sponsors several poetry competitions and events.
More information at:
Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts
LILA's mission is to nurture and promote the literary arts in South Carolina. It is dedicated to developing programs that enrich the area's literary communities and to diversifying the opportunities open to students, writers, and readers. It approaches this goal by connecting, educating, and promoting writers and readers at every stage of development, from the novice to the professional.
South Carolina Writers Workshop
A literary arts organization serving both new and established writers, offering writers opportunities to improve their writing, network with others, and gain practical "How To" information about getting published.
Started in 1996 by Sheila Tombe, Apostrophe: The USCB Journal of the Arts, is a small literary arts magazine featuring new and established writers of poetry and short fiction.
The literary journal of the College of Charleston. Department of English, College of Charleston, Charleston, 29424.
An international literary magazine run out of Columbia College.
The South Carolina Review
Since 1968, The South Carolina Review has published fiction, poetry, interviews, unpublished letters and manuscripts, essays, and reviews from well-known and aspiring scholars and writers. They have also published special issues, such as the Virginia Woolf International, numerous fictions compilations, and issues focusing on the works of Robert Frost, Mary Gordon, Walker Percy, and James Dickey.
University of South Carolina Press
Established in 1944, it is one of the oldest publishing houses in the South and among the largest in the Southeast. The series editor is Richard Howard.
The literary journal of University of South Carolina, publishes poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, one-act plays, essays and interviews in two issues each year. It is run by graduate student writers and editors.