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 Slam Every Sunday!

Sunday, July 3rd. Happy Fourth of July! No Poetry.

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. Ashlee Haze is the 2016 Queen of the South Slam! The night will include an opn mic. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Ashlee Haze

July 17th, 2016 Art Amok Atlanta Slam Tam vs Say What Upstate Slam Team. This exciting high-energy poetry slam will pit Atlanta's Art Amok Slam Team 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. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Art Amok

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. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Sunday, July 24th, 2016 Kevin Sandbloom. This mini-one man show incorporates music, monologue, 
poetry
 and humor to tackle social/political 
issues in a very direct and life-affirming way. An artist beyond genres - this unique performer had been impressing audiences across the Nation! Plus open mic. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

 

Sunday July 31, 2016 HEAD TO HEAD HAIKU SLAM. Poetry Slam hosted by Moody Black. This fun haiku poetry competition is open to all. Poets should bring 7 or more haiku to enter the competition. The winner of the slam will receive a $100 prize. The night will also feature a short open mic. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Haiku

 

Open Mic of the Year

Sunday, August 1, 2016. Extended Open Mic Hosted by Upstate Slam Team! The night will also feature ten 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, 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 Charlotte Respect de Mic vs Upstate Slam Exhibition. Hosted by Kimberly Simms. This exciting high-energy poetry slam will pit former National Poetry Slam Champion, Durham, NC against Charlotte's Respect de Mic vs our own local poets in a two round poetry slam. Preview the National Poetry Slam which will be held this August 2016 which will also showcase these teams! 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, 5th Annual King of the South Slam hosted by Moody Black. $400 First Prize. No Open Mic. Poets sign up in advance with a $25 registration fee. Contact Moody Black. A poetry slam is a performance poetry competition judged by five randomly chosen members of the audience. 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.


 

Sunday, June 5th, 2016 Feature Jonathan Brown and Open Mic hosted by Kimberly Simms. Jonathan Brown is a native of Greenville, SC who currently bases out of New Orleans. He is the author of several chapbooks and cd's. He is a former member or the Greenville and San Francisco Slam Teams. He is a former educator who holds an MFA in creative writing. The night will also feature ten 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, 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 Father's Day Open Mic hosted by the Upstate Slam Team and Moody Black! All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.

Upstate Slam Team

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


Sunday, June 26th, 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.

 

 

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

 

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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.

September 25th, 2016. Wits End Poetry $400 14th Year Anniversary Grand Slam with Hosts Kimberly Simms, Moody Black, and Kimbi the Goddess. A poetry slam is a performance poetry competition judged by five randomly chosen members of the audience. Up to 15 regional poets may sign up for the three-round poetry slam. Cost to competitors is $15. The winner of the slam will receive a $400 prize.

 

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.

The 2016 Upstate Slam Team

The 2016 Upstate Slam Team features Bittersweet, Jahbu, Trez the Truth, and De Dove. Bittersweet is the 2016 Upstate Grand Slam Champion as well as the 2016 Queen of the South Co-Champion. She is a veteran member of the Upstate Slam Team. Jahbu is originally from Alabama and has been a member of the Bama Slam Team and the Charlotte Slam Team. Trez the Truth is a spoken word poet, father, and lives in Clemson, SC. De Dove is an educator, poet, and actor who lives and works in Greenville, SC.

The team will travel to the South East Regional Southern Fried Poetry Slam in June 2016 in Greensboror SC to compete against 32 South Eastern Teams. In August, the team will travel to Atlanta to compete against 72 slam teams from across the country.

National Poetry Slam Logohttp://npsdecatur.com/

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

Wits End Poetry Staff

Executive Director Kimberly Simms

Kimberly Simms Gibbs

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. For booking information please see her website: www.kimberlysimms.com.

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.

Board Member and Sound Director: Black Phoenix is a spoken word artist and Regional Haiku Champion. He is a long time volunteer, team member, and host of Sunday nights at Coffee Underground.

Black Phoenix