Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Poems by Kimberly Simms featured in Charleston Currents



Check out three of my poems in Charleston Currents monthly poetry feature: Palmetto Poem. This column is managed by Poet Laureate of SC Marjory Wentworth.
http://charlestoncurrents.com/2016/08/palmetto-poem-three-by-kimberly-simms/

Upcoming Appearances with Kimberly Simms

August 2016

August 4th National Poetry Slam "Publishing Toolbox Workshop" Workshop Leader. The Georgia Center for the Book 10:00 am Decatur, GA. http://npsdecatur.com/sched.html

August 5th National Poetry Slam. Legends of the South Showcase. Featured performer The Georgia Center for the Book 2:00 pm Decatur, GA. http://npsdecatur.com/sched.html

August 9th Creative Writing Across the Curriculum. Facilitator of 2 hour workshop for instructional staff at League Academy. Greenville, SC.

September 2016

September 13th Tease Tuesday Burlesque at Red Light Cafe Atlanta. Featured Poet. 8pm. $10.

Saturday September 24th. "I am Independent" Emotional Healing Women's Conference. Keynote Speaker 1:30 pm



October 2016

October 8th A Night of Love and Laugter. 7:30 pm Featured reader. WOW Performing Arts Center, 5816 Shakespeare Road, Suite A, Columbia, SC  29223

October 22nd. Art on the Trail Festival. Featured reader. Trailblazer Park. Travelers Rest, SC http://www.artonthetrail.com/




October 24th TEDx Greenville Salon: Poetry Slam. Ted talk, facilitator and featured reader.




November 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Poetic Journeys Poetry Prize as part of the Art on the Trail Festival





TRAVELERS REST, SC:    The Travelers Rest Artists Alliance and Wits End Poetry announce their first annual “Poetic Journeys” Poetry Prize as part of the 2016 Art on the Trail Festival. Winners will be invited to read their original poems at the Art on the Trail Festival held in Trailblazer Park on October 22nd sponsored by the City of Travelers Rest. Adults and students living in the Upstate, SC region are invited to submit their own original poetry on the theme “Mountains on my Mind” between August 10th and September 15, 2016. 

The annual Art on the Trail Festival will be held October 21 - 22nd in Travelers Rest and it will feature Fine Arts, Fiber Arts, Sculpture, Photography, Live Music and Performers, Poetry, Children's activities and More!

Adults over 18 residing in the Upstate region may submit up to 3 poems using the online submission manager at https://witsendpoetry.submittable.com/submit. There is no reading fee for poems submitted before September 1st. All poetry styles are welcome. 

First, second, and third prizes will be awarded in each category, and all winners will have the opportunity to share their poems at a celebration in their honor honor at the Art on the Trail Poetry Prize Celebration: A Poetic Journey through the Mountains of South Carolina on October 22. The first prize adult winner will also receive $100. Full details of the contest are available at www.witsendpoetry.com. More information about the festival is available at www.artonthetrail.com.

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Students: Educators and parents are invited to submit their student’s original poems via the online submissions manager at https://witsendpoetry.submittable.com/submit or via email to witsendpoetrysc@gmail.com. Poems can be written in any style but should be written on the theme “Mountains on my Mind”. Poems are judged within grade categories: 3-5th, 6-8th and 9-12th. Each poem should contain in the top right corner: City, School, First & Last Name, Grade, and Teacher. Questions should be directed to the Poetic Journeys Contest Director Kimberly Simms Gibbs. The first prize student winner will receive gift certificates totaling $50.  

The contest and celebration event are being managed and hosted by local poet and educator Kimberly Simms Gibbs, who is the 2016 Carl Sandburg Writer in Resident. Simms will also give a reading and be available for questions at the Poetic Journeys Celebration. This program is funded in part by a grant from the SC Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau.  A “Poetry and Tea” reception with local poets, prize, winners, and the public will immediately follow the celebration.  Winning poems will also be featured online. We are currently looking for local businesses to donate items for the tea reception, as well as gift certificates for prizes.





Wits End Poetry is a 501 C 3 Charity whose mission is to provide high quality poetry programming to adults and students in Greenville County and beyond. 

Poetic Journeys Poetry Prize as part of the Art on the Trail Festival





TRAVELERS REST, SC:    The Travelers Rest Artists Alliance and Wits End Poetry announce their first annual “Poetic Journeys” Poetry Prize as part of the 2016 Art on the Trail Festival. Winners will be invited to read their original poems at the Art on the Trail Festival held in Trailblazer Park on October 22nd sponsored by the City of Travelers Rest. Adults and students living in the Upstate, SC region are invited to submit their own original poetry on the theme “Mountains on my Mind” between August 10th and September 15, 2016. 

The annual Art on the Trail Festival will be held October 21 - 22nd in Travelers Rest and it will feature Fine Arts, Fiber Arts, Sculpture, Photography, Live Music and Performers, Poetry, Children's activities and More!

Adults over 18 residing in the Upstate region may submit up to 3 poems using the online submission manager at https://witsendpoetry.submittable.com/submit. There is no reading fee for poems submitted before September 1st. All poetry styles are welcome. 

First, second, and third prizes will be awarded in each category, and all winners will have the opportunity to share their poems at a celebration in their honor honor at the Art on the Trail Poetry Prize Celebration: A Poetic Journey through the Mountains of South Carolina on October 22. The first prize adult winner will also receive $100. Full details of the contest are available at www.witsendpoetry.com. More information about the festival is available at www.artonthetrail.com.

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Students: Educators and parents are invited to submit their student’s original poems via the online submissions manager at https://witsendpoetry.submittable.com/submit or via email to witsendpoetrysc@gmail.com. Poems can be written in any style but should be written on the theme “Mountains on my Mind”. Poems are judged within grade categories: 3-5th, 6-8th and 9-12th. Each poem should contain in the top right corner: City, School, First & Last Name, Grade, and Teacher. Questions should be directed to the Poetic Journeys Contest Director Kimberly Simms Gibbs. The first prize student winner will receive gift certificates totaling $50.  

The contest and celebration event are being managed and hosted by local poet and educator Kimberly Simms Gibbs, who is the 2016 Carl Sandburg Writer in Resident. Simms will also give a reading and be available for questions at the Poetic Journeys Celebration. This program is funded in part by a grant from the SC Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau.  A “Poetry and Tea” reception with local poets, prize, winners, and the public will immediately follow the celebration.  Winning poems will also be featured online. We are currently looking for local businesses to donate items for the tea reception, as well as gift certificates for prizes.





Wits End Poetry is a 501 C 3 Charity whose mission is to provide high quality poetry programming to adults and students in Greenville County and beyond. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Kimberly Simms at Southern Fried Poetry Slam

This week I am travelling to Greensboro, NC for the South East Regional Southern Fried Poetry Slam from June 8th - 12th 2016. I will be hosting/emceeing four-team competitive bouts as part of the 32 city regional tournament.  



The entire festival will take place in the Downtown Greensboro Arts district from June 8-12, 2016 and will include, in addition to the central competition, daily themed open mics, a poetry picnic, community service, youth poetry slam and more. The Southern Fried Poetry Slam is the largest regional poetry slam in the country.

This will be my tenth year participating in Southern Fried! I first participated in the Southern Fried Poetry Slam in 1997 as part of The Greenville Slam Team at the Downhome in Johnsonville, TN as part of the 5th Annual South Easter Regional Slam first started by Allan Wolfe. 

What was the Downhome like? Check out this video live from the stage in 1998. And maybe you can even guess which female slam poet is the subject of this poem (ok - its me - lol).



In 1998, I was a member of the championship slam team that won the 1998 Southern Fried South East Regional Poetry Slam held in Greenville, SC. 

Before retiring from active competition, I was a member of the first all-women slam team in the nation, The Greenville Slam Team 1997-1998. In 2002, I resurrected the slam as the Upstate Slam Team, and I was the slammaster from 2003 to 2008. I was a competing member of the Upstate Slam Teams 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2008 (six National Poetry Slam Teams).

In 2014, myself, Moody Black, and Kimbi the Goddess plus a whole heap of amazing folks - organized the Southern Fried Poetry Slam in Greenville, SC: http://www.goupstate.com/article/20140601/ent/406011013

This year South Carolina will send slam teams from the following cities to Southern Fried: Upstate, Spartanburg, Columbia, and Charleston.

More information about our local slam can be found at www.witsendpoetry.com

Note: Kimberly attended the following Southern Fried Poetry Slam's: 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 20014, 2016

Kimberly was on the organizing committee for the Southern Fried Poetry Slam in 1998, 2005, and 2014.
Kimberly was the acting tournament director for the Southern Fried Poetry Slam in 2004 (Miami), 2005 (Charlotte), 2006 (Birmingham). She was the finals co-host in Birmingham, Alabama. She was the back stage manager in 2004, 2005, and 2014 Southern Fried Finals.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Kimberly Simms featured on BRCC TV Education Channel



Kimberly Simms was recently featured on BRCC Educational Channel as part of her main stage reading at the Blue Ridge Bookfest in Hendersonville,NC. You can see the full video, which includes a presentation by Ginger Cox on Carl Sandburg - or the poetry begins at 31:00.

https://youtu.be/YN8Z1HsgRyg

Kimberly Simms is the 2016 Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence as awarded by the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

2016 Carl Sandburg Writer-In-Residence Kimberly Simms



Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara are pleased to announce the 2016 Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence, Kimberly Simms. The writer for 2016 is a poet.

Thanks to the Times-News in Hendersonville for publishing this wonderful article about Kimberly Simms - including a video! 

http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20160413/NEWS/160419946

Meet Kimberly
A welcoming reception for Ms. Simms will be held on Monday, April 18 at the Henderson County Public Library Downtown in Hendersonville, NC from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. This reception is part of the North Carolina Writer's Network Open Mic Night. Kimberly will share a selection of her poetry along with other writers in the community. The public is welcome.
Ms. Simms will also appear at the Carl Sandburg Student Poetry Contest Celebration on Friday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Blue Ridge Community College, Patton Building Room 150. The public is welcomed to join in the recognition of the students as they are honored for their winning poems.

The residency will last from April 6th to April 26th to coincide with National Poetry Month. As part of the program, Ms. Simms will work with fieldtrip groups, local schools and colleges, as well as make a number of public appearances. On April 7th, she will meet with local Greenville county students from Northwest Middle School as part of their fieldtrip to The Carl Sandburg House.
Most recently, Kimberly has been sharing her love of poetry in local Greenville schools as a teaching artist through the Metropolitan Arts Council’s SMART Arts program. In 2016, she was also added to the Humanities Council of South Carolina’s Literary Speaker's Bureau. Through this program, Kimberly Simms is available to visit your community group or school to share her literary knowledge and passion.

Kimberly Jane Simms has been sharing her poems with a variety of audiences since she started running poetry slams in her twenties. She was a member of the Greenville Slam Team that won the South East Regional Poetry Slam in 1998. Since then she has gone on to gain recognition from both esteemed literary editors, as well as live audiences. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals such as Poem, The South Carolina Review, The Asheville Poetry Review, Kakalak, and Eclipse. She has been a featured performer and reader internationally at festivals and venues including the Battersea Arts Center London, The Institute of Contemporary Arts London, The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, The Peace Center, and Artisphere, as well as numerous other arts establishments and universities. She is currently finishing her first young adult novel. You can learn more about her at her website www.kimberlysimms.com or follow her on twitter @witsendpoetry.