Poetic Journeys Prize! Theme: Mountains on my Mind.
Poetry Contest Winners
Order of Ceremony for October 22, 2016 11am.
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.
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.
Our lives are raised on the shakiest foundations.” – Ron Rash, One Foot in Eden
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
Adult Poetic Journey Prize Winners
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.