Kimberly Simms curates, emcees and gives talk at TEDX Greenville Oct 11


Get your tickets! Free! October Salon: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Slam! Want to explore the art and power of Poetry Slam? Listen for your voice. This year, Greenville Slam celebrates 20 years of promoting literary arts and creativity in Greenville! Join two members of the original Greenville Slam Team, Vera Gómez and Kimberly Simms, and learn how the magic of this movement inspired their own voices and the many diverse voices poetry slam offers a stage. This TEDx Salon features a high energy, curated poetry slam (ala National Poetry Slam style) as well as a TED Talk and a discussion on how poetry slam continues to define Greenville as a national hub for arts and culture. The salon is sponsored by South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/october-salon-slam-tickets-28209044010?aff=es2

Our Poets

Vera Gomez and Kimberly Simms were integral members of the original Greenville Slam Team who made history at the National Poetry Slam as the first all-women team in 1997 and who took the Regional Championship at the 1998 Southern Fried Poetry Slam. Both poets continue to inspire youth in our community through their work with the Metropolitan Arts Councils’ SmartArts program and the Peace Center’s Peace Voices program.
VERAGOMEZ. Vera Gómez, who’s a firm believer in the power of words, is a published poet, performer, and staple of Greenville’s literary arts scene. She is the current president of Emrys, which runs a monthly reading series, open mic and publishes the annual Emrys Journal. Learn more about her atwww.veragomez.com.


KIMBERLYSIMMS. Pioneering poetry slams since 1994, Kimberly Simms was inducted as a Legend of the South in 2016 by the National Poetry Slam. In 2002, she founded non-profit Wits End Poetry, which manages the Greenville Poetry Slam and a weekly open mic. She is the 2016 Carl Sandburg NHS Writer-in-Residence. Learn more about her at www.kimberlysimms.com.


D.DOVED. Dove is an actor, musician, and spoken word artist who was a member of the 2016 Greenville Slam Team that recently placed 4th at the Southeast Regional and semi-finals at the National Poetry Slam.


NATEHAMES.Nate Hames is a seasoned spoken word artist, a member of the 2015 Greenville Slam Team, a Sergeant in the US Army, and a veteran of the Iraq war.



ALEXANDRAHARRIS. Alexandra Harris is a native Hoosier and Furman senior with a passion for affordable housing development, coffee, and, of course, poetry.




JENICEPLEASANT. Jenice Pleasant is a singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist who has been a member of two Greenville slam teams. She is known for beautifully weaving music into her jazz inspired poetry.


BLAQSOCRATES. BlaQ Socrates is a classically trained vocalist and spoken word artist and activist. A student at University of South Carolina Upstate, he is majoring in African American Studies and Gender with a minor in English.


Fall Events with Kimberly Simms


Fall 2016


Above: Kimberly Simms acting as Master of Ceremonies
for a bout at the National Poetry Slam.



Tuesday October 4th. 
Art Amok Poetry Slam. Red Light Cafe 8:30pm 553 Amsterdam Ave Atlanta GA. Come share your poem in the open mic or slam! I'll be emceeing the slam (subbing in for regular host Theresa Davis) and managing the event.




Saturday 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


Tuesday October 11th 
TEDx Greenville Salon:
Poetry Slam. Ted talk leader, emcee, curator, and featured reader. 6:30 pm Zen Greenville, SC.
http://tedxgreenville.com/salon-home/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/october-salon-slam-tickets-28209044010


Want to explore the art and power of Poetry Slam? Listen for your voice.

This year, Greenville Slam celebrates 20 years of promoting literary arts and creativity in Greenville! Join two members of the original Greenville Slam Team, Vera Gómez and Kimberly Simms, and learn how the magic of this movement inspired their own voices and the many diverse voices poetry slam offers a stage.

This TEDx Salon features a high energy, curated poetry slam (ala National Poetry Slam style) as well as a TED Talk and a discussion on how poetry slam continues to define Greenville as a national hub for arts and culture.
The salon is sponsored by South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.

The Poets

Vera Gomez and Kimberly Simms were integral members of the original Greenville Slam Team who made history at the National Poetry Slam as the first all-women team in 1997 and who took the Regional Championship at the 1998 Southern Fried Poetry Slam. Both poets continue to inspire youth in our community through their work with the Metropolitan Arts Councils’ SmartArts program and the Peace Center’s Peace Voices program.



Thursday, October 20th
13th Annual Literary Awards Ceremony.
York County Arts. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2016 | 6-8 PM

Center for the Arts | 121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC 29730

Kimberly Simms is reading in the awards ceremony and will be awarded a prize for her poetry by the York County Arts Council.



Saturday, October 22nd. 
Art on the Trail Festival.
Travelers Rest, SC. Emcee and featured reader in the Art on the Trail Poetic Journeys Prize Celebration. 11:00 am. Then meet me for the Poetry & Tea Reception. Finally don't miss my Poetry Art Talk on the Demonstration Stage. Trailblazer Park. Travelers Rest, SC 
http://www.artonthetrail.com/



Saturday, October 29
12:15-1:15 The Petigru Review Launch Party & Catered LunchSouth Carolina Writer's Association Conference. Featured reader as a contributor to the 2016 Petigru Review!

Sunday November 6th 
Java Monkey Speaks.
7:30pm Java Monkey Coffee House, Decatur, GA. Poetry Atlanta has invited Kimberly Simms to be their featured speaker of the night.