Saturday, August 15, 2015

Writer KJ Gibbs

Kimberly Jane Simms Gibbs is currently pursuing her writing full time, but she is most known as the founder of literary non-profit Wits End Poetry, which has been a Greenville 501(C)3 non-profit since 2002. She has previously been a board member for the Travelers Rest Arts Mission, where she served as the Literary Advisor. In addition, she served a term as an Executive Council Board Member for the national non-profit Poetry Slam Inc. She also served as Development Director for the former Cary Center, which served at risk youth.  As part of her non-profit work, KJ Gibbs has also directed and managed a number of week long, esteemed literary festivals.

While dedicating much of her time to literary and arts non-profits, KJ Gibbs is an award winning poet in her own right. Her poetry has appeared in Poem, The South Carolina Review, The Asheville Poetry Review, The Blue Collar Review, Eclipse, Kakalak (Honorable Mention), Plains Song Review, The John Edward Johnson Prize from The Poetry Society of SC, The Millennium Sampler of SC Poetry, as well as a number of other respected journals, anthologies, and magazines. In her twenties, KJ Gibbs won a number of renowned performance poetry awards, including the championship for the Southern Fried South East Regional Poetry Slam 1998, as a member of the Greenville Slam Team. 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 Chopin Theater Chicago, The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, The Peace Center, Ladyfest Atlanta, the LEAF Festival, and Artisphere, as well as numerous other arts establishments and universities.


Kimberly Jane Simms Gibbs holds a Masters in English from Clemson University with a Creative Writing Thesis, as well as a Bachelors in English from Furman University. In addition she has completed another 24 graduate hours in education and literacy courses. She worked for ten years as a middle school certified English Language Arts teacher for Greenville County Schools. Before dedicating her life to teaching, writing, and non-profits, KJ Gibbs worked in marketing for companies such as Neal Prince + Partners Architects, the British Film Institute London, and the Tate Gallery London.

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