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Biography

"Thank you for what Wits End poetry and you, personally, bring to area students and teachers through your passion for the written and spoken expression of poetry."

- Ellen Westkaemper
VP of Education and Outreach, The Peace Center

"Her ability to teach matches her incredible talent as a performance poet, and she passes her enthusiasm for poetry along to the students."

- Emily K. Sweezey
Arts Education Coordinator, Metropolitan Arts Council

"Kimberly possesses a unique ability to build relationships with students, and she encourages them to stretch beyond their comfort zone and tap into their personal feelings."

- Debbie Sanders
7th grade teacher

"Kimberly Simms not only commands the space and the room, but you get the idea that if she had a flaming hoop, many in the audience would line up to jump through it . . . "

-James Shannon
Editor, Metrobeat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kimberly Jane Simms is a certified teacher, poet, performer, and organizer.

KJ is available to come to feature at your poetry event, conference, or workshop as a member of the South Carolina Artist Roster, MAC Roster, Asheville Area Arts Roster, and The SC Humanities Council's Speakers Bureau!

Kimberly @ witsendpoetry.com.

Kimberly Simms is the director of Wits End Poetry, a non-profit charity in Greenville, SC whose mission is to advocate and promote the art of poetry. She has appeared on stage with renowned poets and performers such as Marc Smith, the Libertines, Ron Rash, Roddy Lumsden, and Jeff McDaniel.

She is on the Humanities Out Loud Speaker's Bureau and is a teaching artist on the rosters of the South Carolina Arts Commission, Asheville Area Arts Council, and Metropolitan Arts Council. She is the former Literary Chair on the Board of Directors for the Travelers Rest Arts Mission.

Kimberly Simms's poetry has been published in anthologies, journals, and online. Fifteen of her poems appear in the new book from 96 Press, Quintet. She has been published in the Asheville Poetry Review, Eclipse, Plains Song Review and the Millennium Sampler of SC Poetry. You can see her poems online at the Absinthe Literary Review, The Writ, and The Dead Mule. She has been published in the anthologies Growing Up Girl, In The Yard, Kakalak 2006, From the Page to the Stage from Wordsmith Press, as well as AIM Magazine, The Illustrated Ape Magazine, Echo, and Rising Zine.

Known to many students, as Ms. KJ, Kimberly Jane Simms worked as a teaching artist in schools across the state, particularly with the Metropolitan Arts Council's SMART Arts project. Kimberly Simms currently works as a seventh grade ELA teacher in the Greenville County School System.

In Spring 2006, Kimberly received her Master of Arts in English from Clemson University. While at Clemson, she taught two composition classes and worked for the South Carolina Review.

As an organizer of poetry events, Kimberly organized and hosted the first annual 2004 individual World Poetry Slam in partnership with Poetry Slam Inc. (poetryslam.com). In April 2004, Kimberly was elected as a member of the Executive Council of Poetry Slam Inc.

While living in London for three years, Kimberly showcased in venues such as the ICA, Apples & Snakes, and Shortfuse.

Stateside she has appeared at Furman University, Clemson University, Presbyterian College, Cliterati, and Wordphoria, as well as the Hub City Writers Series, Emrys Reading Room, Sumter Opera House, and Ladyfest South 2002 Festival, Atlanta, GA. She received the 1997 LD Johnson Award in Creative Writing, while earning her BA in English at Furman University.

Email Kimberly at kimberly@witsendpoetry.com

 

Events Listing featuring Kimberly Simms


www.witsendpoetry.com

Every Sunday

Join Wits End Poetry every Sunday at Coffee Underground in Downtown Greenville at 7:30pm. All are welcome to grace the stage!

November 17th, 2011. Kimberly Jane Gibbs (Simms) will be appearing at the Furman Literary Symposium.

April 2011

Kimberly Jane Gibbs appeared at Poetry & Pancakes in Beaufort, SC.

April 10, 2009. Kimberly Simms gives a featured reading at Poets in the Forest in Travelers Rest.

March 27th, 2009. Kimberly Simms presents a workshop at the Foothills Writer's Guild Annual Conference.

November 13th.2008 Kimberly Simms visits the class of Gil Allen at Furman University.

October 10th. 2008. 7:00 at Poets in the Forest. Kimberly Simms will be reading from her latest chapbook, "Lindy Lee: Poems on Mill Hill." Leopard Forest Coffee House is located on Main Street in downtown TR.

 


WRITING CONFERENCES

Performer at SC Poets Summit in Columbia, Workshop Leader at Hub City Writers Conference, Paper Presenter at AWP Annual Conference

FESTIVALS

Performer Ladyfest South, Performer Artisphere Festival Greenville, Performer Red White and Blue Festival Greenville, Performer TRAM Fair Travelers Rest, LEAF Slam Finalist, Performer Simpsonville Spring Festival, Performer Edenfest Asheville, Tournament Director for first annual Women of the World Poetry Slam in Detroit, Tournament Director for Individual World Poetry Slam 2004, Master of Ceremonies for Finals of Southern Fried Poetry Slam in Birmingham, Master of Ceremonies for Finals of Southern Fried Poetry Slam in Charlotte, Emcee for Events at Southern Fried Poetry Slam in Talhassee

COLLEGES

FURMAN UNIVERSITY
CLEMSON UNIVERISTY
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE
CONVERSE COLLEGE
ANDERSON COLLEGE

PERFORMING ARTS CENTERS

PEACE CENTER. 15th Anniversary Peace Center Celebration. Teen Poetry Slam.

The Institute of Contemporary Art, London, Featured Performance.

The Battersea Arts Center, London. Featured Performance.

BLUMENTHAL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER CHARLOTTE. Emcee at 2006 World Poetry Slam.

THE HANDLEBAR: World Poetry Slam 2004, Carolina Slam Tour, Wits End Anniversary Celebration featuring Jeff McDaniel. [Master of Ceremonies, Featured Performer, Organizer]

LIBRARIES AND BOOKSTORES

Irmo Library, Greenville County Main Library, Open Book Greenville, Barnes and Noble Spartanburg, Barnes and Noble Greenville, Books-a-Million Greenville, Spartanburg County Main Library, Easley Public Library

SCHOOLS

Pelham Road Elementary School, Grove Elementary School, Tanglewood Middle School, Heritage Elementary School, Slater-Marietta Elemetnary School

August 14th, 2006

ETV Radio: Listen to a 20 minute interview and reading on SC-ETV's "Your Day" 90.1. Kimberly discusses her new collection.

December 7th 2005

Performer Metropolitan Arts Council's Annual Meeting at the Poinset Club.

Kimberly hosting South Eastern Poetry Slam Finals at the Carver Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama on June 10th, 2006. (Photograph: Melanie Mason)