Contemporary Poetry in the Carolinas and beyond



About Wit’s End Poetry

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

Wits End Poetry is a full 501 (c) (3) tax exempt non-profit and SC charity. Our programs improve literacy and help build creative capital in South Carolina. We are in desparate need of donations to expand our educational programs, as well as to continue to bring nationally recognized poets to our area. We receive support from the South Carolina Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Arts Council.

For additional information on how to donate please email witsendpoetrysc@gmail.com. All donations are tax deductible. In-kind donations are also appreciated.

Mailing Address: 107 Whitehall Street, Greenville, SC 29609

Events held at Coffee Underground at 1 East Coffee Street, Greenville, SC 29601.




Calendar

Wits End Poetry Martin Luther King Spoken Word Celebration


Sun, January 17, 2021
Radio Room, 110 Poinsett Hwy
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
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Wits End Poetry Black History Month Poetry Slam


Sun, February 21, 2021
Radio Room, 110 Poinsett Hwy
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
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Weekly Events: We are monitorinig the COVID situation in regards to returning to Coffee Underground.

Poetry Goes Viral
@Carolina Poets Every Thursday on Facebook Live and our YouTube Channel
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
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Education Outreach

Wits End Poetry sponsors Upstate Teen Poetry Clubs and Teen Poetry Slams in Greenville County schools in partnership with SmartARTS!

We have previously worked with League Academy, Tanglewood Middle School, Greenville High School, and Carolina High School. We are also a partner with the Metropolitan Arts Council's SmartARTS program which serves 34 schools across Greenville County.



What is 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 ) based on the poet's content and performance.

The National Poetry Slam and Southern Fried Poetry Slam are 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. The indivdual World Poetry Slam was conceptualized by our founder Kimberly Simms and held initially in Greenville, SC in 2004. Kimberly Simms also conceptualized the Queen of the South Poetry Slam and the Women of the World Poetry Slam while serving on the executive council of the national non-profit Poetry Slam Inc from 2005-2008.

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.
The Southern Fried Poetry Slam is held annually every June.

 



Sponsors

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Sunday Night


Say What!! Open Mic featuring 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. Produced by Wits End Poetry. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30 pm. $7.

Say What Open Mic! Host Jenice Pleasant. (Slam Team Fundraiser) Featuring Say What Slan Team! Originally from Greenville, the beautiful Jenice Pleasant is a singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist, as well as a National Poetry Slam semi-finalist. 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. Produced by Wits End Poetry. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30 pm. $7

Every Sunday Night 7:30 pm at Coffee Underground 1 E. Coffee Street. Featured poets, Slam and our WeeklO open Mic