Saturday, January 14, 2017

21 Day Gratitude Poetry Challenge

Start 2017 with some poetry prompts to inspire your heart! The challenge runs between January 6th and February 6th with prompts coming each weekday on Twitter @witsendpoetry or on Facebook @witsendpoetry.





Sample Challenge

Gratitude Challenge #6. Write a poem that pays tribute to an inspirational person in your life. Maybe your mother inspired you to follow a dream. Or maybe a well known celebrity inspired you to take life in a new direction.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

2017 Readings, Workshops, and School Visits

January 4, 17-20 2017. SMART Arts Poetry Unit in Communications at League Academy. As part of this unit students will write tribute poems and participate in a poetry slam!

January 5 2017. Carolina High School Senior English classes in Greenville, SC.

January 17, 2017. Poetry Pendleton features poet Kimberly Simms. This event is sponsored by Wits End Poetry and the Humanities Council of SC. Join Kimberly and host/organizer Robert Lee Kendrick at Viva! Il Vino Winebar at 168 Exchange Streeet Pedleton SC.

January 21 2017. Poetry Out Loud Judge and Performer 2 to 4. Regional Competition. Hub City Press.  Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg, SC.

January 25. 12-3 pm Professional Development Facilitator for Greenville Middle Academy staff in SMARTArts Arts Integration program.

January 26-28 2017. SMART Arts Poetry Unit in Communications at League Academy. As part of this unit students will write tribute poems and participate in a poetry slam!

January 29, 2017. Poetry Slam Co-Host at Say What Open Mic. Coffee Underground.7:30. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC.

February 4, 2017. Art Amok Slam invited performer. 8pm. Red Light Cafe. Atlanta GA.

February 20, 2017. Spartanburg Methodist College Themed Poetry Reading for English & History 102 Classes.

March 2017. Arts Integration Unit with Music and Poetry. Tigerville Elementary. Greenville, SC.

April 8th, 2017. Poetry Workshop and Poetry Slam Performance with Peace Voices at Ramsaur Studio sponsored by the Peace Center. 1:00 pm Workshop 4:00 pm Performance.

April 10th, 2017. Monday Night Poetry & Jazz. Featured Reader. East Bay Meeting House. 8pm. Charleston, SC.

April 11th, 2017. "Talking to Disaster: Finding Healing through Poetry" program led by Kimberly Simms and sponsored by the SC Humanities and the Pat Conroy Literary Center. Beaufort, SC. http://www.patconroyliterarycenter.org/

April 20th, 2017. Poetry Workshop and Poetry Slam at High School. Final details to be announced soon.

BIOGRAPHY
Kimberly Simms is the 2016 Carl Sandburg National Historic Site Writer-in-Residence. She started her poetry career running the first Poetry Slam in South Carolina. She went on to become a Southern Fried Poetry Slam Champion, a National Poetry Slam 'Legend of the South' and a certified slammaster. Today, she continues to walk the line between the stage and the page. She has been featured on TEDX, Turner South, BBC4, and SCETV's Your Day.  Her work has appeared in The Asheville Poetry Review, Aji Magazine, The Millennium Sampler of SC Poetry, Poem, The South Carolina Poetry Review, Eclipse, and many more. She has received poetry awards from Kakalak, the York County Arts Council, The South Carolina Poetry Society, and more. Simms has been nominated for a 2018 Pushcart prize. Her work is included in the South Carolina Poetry Archives at Furman University. She is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. She currently lives in the mountains of South Carolina.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Poetry Slam at League Academy

On December 13, 2017 I was excited to host poetry slams for the creative writing students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades (5 classes) at League Academy in Greenville, SC with teacher Allison Franke.

We  had a wonderful unit where students each developed their own original poem that utilized poetic devices and was drawn on their own personal experiences. As part of this unit, I led workshops with students to help them develop an idea that they turned into a poem with craft lessons on imagery, figurative language, and line breaks. We also spent a little on time on public speaking techniques. It was a great 8 day residency!

Pictures coming soon!!!


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Upcoming Shows with Kimberly

Check out these upcoming Poetry Events!

November 6. Sunday 7:30 Java Monkey Speaks Feature Poet: Kimberly Simms
425 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030
Kimberly Simms is an award winning poet, performer, and writer as well as an arts integration expert.  She is the 2016 Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence, a National Poetry Slam Legend of the South, a TedX Speaker, and a Southern Fried Champion.

November 20, 2016. Sunday. 7:30. Featured host and emcee of Say What Open Mic sponsored by Wits End Poetry.

November 27, 2016. Sunday Toys for Tots Fundraiser at Seven Stages in Atlanta, GA. 

December 2-13. Poetry Slam Residency at League Academy. Greenville, SC.

January 2017. High School Visits TBD in Greenville, SC.

January 4 - 26 2017. Poetry Unit in Communications Class at League Academy

January 17, 2017. Poetry Pendleton features poet Kimberly Simms. This event is sponsored by Wits End Poetry and the Humanities Council of SC. Join Kimberly and host/organizer Robert Lee Kendrick at Viva! Il Vino Winebar at 168 Exchange Streeet Pedleton SC.

January 21 2017. Poetry Out Loud Judge and Performer. Regional Competition. Hub City Press. Spartanburg, SC.



January 29, 2017. Poetry Slam Host at Say What Open Mic. Coffee Underground.7:30. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC.


January 2017. Arts Integration Unit with Poetry and Communications. League Academy. Greenville, SC. Smart Arts Sponsored by Metropolitan Arts Council.


January 2017. Arts Integration Unit with Music and Poetry. Tigerville Elementary. Greenville, SC.

April 8th, 2017. Poetry Workshop and Poetry Slam Performance with Peace Voices at Ramsaur Studio sponsored by the Peace Center. 1:00 pm Workshop 4:00 pm Performance.

April 20th, 2017. Poetry Workshop and Poetry Slam at High School. Final details to be announced soon.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Kimberly wins Poetry Prize

Local poet Kimberly Simms has won first place in a poetry contest sponsored by the Arts Council of York County. Kimberly, a former English teacher and is also the 2016 Carl Sandburg Writer-in-resident.  She recently organized and emceed the Poetic Journeys poetry contest at the Art on the Trail Festival on October 22. You can read her poetry and learn more about her at www.kimberlysimms.com.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
13th Annual Literary Competition - Short Fiction and Poetry

ROCK HILL, SC – The Arts Council of York County presented the awards for the 13th Annual Literary Competition and the 5th Annual Youth Literary Competition at a free, public reception and open mic at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 6 PM.

The Annual Literary Competitions include two categories - short story and poetry. Authors were eligible to enter both the short story and the poetry competitions, and entries were eligible to win an award in each category. Independent jurors were: Totty Wilkerson, Beth Pierce, and Michelle Ramsey - members of the Perihelion Book Club, Earl Wilcox - retired, Winthrop University faculty - Assistant Professor Dustin M. Hoffman and Instructor of English Mary Martin, and Susan Ludvigson – retired Winthrop University faculty and published poet.

Winners of the 13th Annual Literary Competition – Poetry 
1st Place – “Blue Panes” by Kimberly Simms, Marietta, SC
2nd Place – “Dream Sequence” by Joy Colter, Rock Hill, SC
3rd Place – “Chartreuse and Plum” by Bailey V. Oedewaldt, Rock Hill, SC
Honorable Mention – “Awash” by Joy Colter, Rock Hill, SC
Honorable Mention – “Changing of the Guard at Greenbriar” by Barbara Guidry, Rock Hill, SC

Sunday, October 23, 2016

#TWD Elegy for Abraham Ford

Heartbroken after the first episode of Season 7 #TWD premiere #Tonight!

Elegy for Abraham Ford

(hoped it would be an ode #TWDSeason7)
by Kimberly Simms


Abraham Ford: fiery, ferocious, unflinching
bristling boar warrior unleashed, virile, thundering
out of charred Houston, birthed from chaos, life shattered.
His mouth poetic decimation, his heart cracked.

He raged down overgrown highways of death. Boldly
pummeling his battle clad vehicle faster.
Taking no heed of vultures swinging through the heat
his has always been to fight, do, die, rinse, repeat.

Stormed by sweeping zombie hordes. Dicked by destiny.
Blustering an ocean of shit, kicking it right
back up its own ass. Daily, he thundered assault.
Rallied. Scratched out new plans. Soldered old wounds with salt.



Riding clear across the jaws of hell. Charging foes.
Plunging knives deep in skulls. Hungry for violence.
Loose ends chapping taut ass. Lust edging red mustache.
Loyal to his ragtag crew. Perpetual bad-ass.

Hauling his gashes, damage, loss like a desert.
Desperate for a wholly mother-dick reset.
His guilt a guillotine driving for redemption.
Soldier. Lover. Friend. Will this hero find peace in the end?



Disclaimer: I have been meaning to write poems for the characters on the Walking Dead for a some time. I love the show and I am fan! I can't wait to find out what happens this Sunday! This page is not endorsed by AMC or its employees. I decided to start with the character of Abraham Ford since I happened to meet the actor Michael Cudlitz last week.
Copyright 2016 Kimberly Simms




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Friday, October 21, 2016

TR Art on the Trail Poetic Journeys Event 11am with Host Kimberly Simms

Poetic Journeys Prize! Theme: Mountains on my Mind. 

Poetry Contest Winners



Order of Ceremony for October 22, 2016 11am.

Trailblazer Park in Travelers Rest. Beside the Travelers Rest Fire Station. 

      Introduction: Kimberly Simms.


      Kimberly Simms is an award winning poet, performer, and writer as well as an arts integration expert.  She is the 2016 Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence, a member of the SC Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau, a South Carolina Arts Commission Approved Artist, and a SMART Arts teaching artist. Her poetry has appeared in Poem, The South Carolina Review, The Asheville Poetry Review, The John Edward Johnson Prize from The Poetry Society of SC, and many more. Her work is included in the South Carolina Poetry Archives at Furman University. 


      Welcome.


We had close to 30 entries in our first year in the contest. It was such an honor to read all the talented work from our local Upstate Poets. Thank you to the SC Humanities Council for supporting this Poetic Journeys event.  Thank you to The Hub City Press, The Emrys Foundation, Wits End Poetry, and Becky Stone Thirty-One Consultant for providing our prizes today! And of course thank you to the Travelers Rest Arts Alliance and especially to Susan Savage!
 
       Kimberly Simms also shard the following poem at the ceremony in TR.

The Forgotten Fence
But nothing is solid and permanent.
Our lives are raised on the shakiest foundations.” – Ron Rash, One Foot in Eden


A bolt of barbed wire, black with age,
hints the way, jutting from the undergrowth
like a wizened digit— the post long since decayed
and lost to the crumbling host of forest litter.
                                                       
This sunken corner is a garbled message
till we catch a tree pierced with another barb.
A stone pile murmurs, entangled with the metal.

This forest is expansive in every direction.
Our eyes can see no horizon beyond it.
Mountains expand around us as we weave
up and down valleys, creeks, and ravines.

Eighty years: a forest has fallen and regrown.
Homestead cleared, tilled, planted, harvested
then reclaimed by this hummocked beast.

We follow the ancient line back to a single
hearthstone and the outline of a foundation.
Here an old stone wall. There a glass bottle.
All around us: a forgotten fence—an outpost of the past.



       Our Judge: Dr. Jill Coyle.

Jill Coyle is an award winning poet and essayist. Coyle earned her PhD in Classical Studies from Duke University and her MA in English from N.C. State University. She teaches English at Spartanburg Methodist College. Her poems have appeared in Blueline, Avocet, Main Street Rag, and Pinesong.

      Read the winning poems on the Wits End Poetry blog.

 Student Poetic Journeys Prize Winners

5. HM: Loren Bell. League Academy. 8th Grade. “Mountains on my Mind” Teacher: Frank Powell
4. HM: Jasmine McCarroll 12th Grade. Berea High School. “Mountains” Teacher Mrs. Tisdale
3. Third: Grace Brockman. 7th Grade. League Academy. ”Mountains” Teacher Mrs. Ritter. Parent: Timothy Brockman
2. Second: Miriam Muriithi. League Academy. 8th Grade. “Mountains on my Mind” Teacher Allison Franke
1. First: Sophie Young. Green Charter School. 8th grade. “Untitled” Teacher: Lauren Lehman

Adult Poetic Journey Prize Winners


4. HM: Elaine C. Hill – “Jump Off Rock”
Currently living as close to the country around Charlotte, NC, as possible, Elaine Hill writes during naptimes for her two girls, ages 4 and 2. Raised in Hendersonville, NC, with her mountain-grown husband, Elaine’s idea of perfection is a perch on the side of Little Pisgah Mountain, a perfect view of Chimney Rock, with a mountain bike, a journal, and a pen.
3. Third Place - Tricia Kyzer - "Landslide"
Tricia Kyzer is an environmental educator and a naturalist and a mountain wanderer. She is deeply involved in what she like to call a geological love affair with these South Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains.
2. Second Place -Bobbie Jean Shepard -"Fruits"
Bobbie Jean Shepard grew up in the foothills of South Carolina. She currently teaches High School English in Spartanburg.
1. First Place - Joel McCollough - "Binding"
Joel is a graduate of Furman University where he received two consecutive creative writing scholarships. His poetry and fiction have appeared in national literary periodicals and in two locally published poetry South Carolina poetry anthologies. He is an avid outdoorsman and cyclist, who frequents the Swamp Rabbit Trail and the trails of the Upstate. 

If time allows, Kimberly Simms will also read her new poem "The Vulture Whisperer"

Thank you again to everyone who submitted. If you would like to take pictures or chat with our winners, we will be having a reception in the Poetry Tent (Spot 3) with the help of the neighboring Tea Tent. 

Please follow us on Facebook at @witsendpoetry The winning poems are available online. Also please visit www.kimberlysimms.com for more information about the contest, the winners, and myself.
 Thank you!