Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Kimberly Simms organizes Poetic Journeys Contest for the Art on the Trail Festival

Must be a resident of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, or Tennessee. Prizes will only be awarded in person on October 22nd at 11 am at the Art on the Trail Festival.

TRAVELERS REST, SC
:    The Travelers Rest Artists Alliance and Wits End Poetry announce the first annual “Poetic Journeys” Poetry Prize as part of the 2016 Art on the Trail Festival held in Trailblazer Park October 21-22 spearheaded by Kimberly Simms. The Art on the Trail Festival is held annually in October in Travelers Rest and features Fine Arts, Fiber Arts, Sculpture, Photography, Live Music and Performers, Poetry, Children's activities and More! Winners will be announced by October 12th. 



The first prize adult winner will receive $100 if they attend the prize ceremony. Winning poets will have the opportunity to share their poems at a celebration in their honor at the Art on the Trail Poetry Prize Celebration: A Poetic Journey through the Mountains of South Carolina on October 22, 2016 at 11:00 am at Trailblazer Park as part of the Art on the Trail Festival.  The event will be hosted by local poet and teaching artist Kimberly Simms Gibbs, who is the 2016 Carl Sandburg Writer in Resident. 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.
First, second, and third prizes will be awarded certificates of honor. Full details of the contest are available at ww.witsendpoetry.com. More information about the festival is available at www.artonthetrail.com.
  • Submit 3 to 5 poems in any style or length on the theme Mountains on my Mind. 
  • Submit poems as word documents or pdf.
  • Include a cover letter with your biography, city of residence, and if needed - explanation of how your poem connects to the theme, "The Mountains on my Mind."
  • Please put your name, address, and email on your group of poems then submit them as one document. 
  • FEES: Free (no contest fee) to early birds who submit before September 1st. After September 1st, there will be a $4 reading fee.
Poems on the theme Mountains on my Mind could refer to any set of mountains in the Southeast. The poem could be about hiking, the outdoors, mountain life, growing up in the mountains, mountains as a state of mind, mountains as a metaphor, or any other interpretation of the theme, "Mountains on my Mind." Please note poems should not contain profanity or be of an explicit nature as winning poems will be shared with a broad audience. Poems can be in a form, can rhyme, can be free verse, or can even be narrative.
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. 

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.

August 26th 7:30 pm Cee Cee Michaela's Creative Expression. Featured reader.




August 27th Noon. Safe Harbor Benefit Poetry Slam Hosted by Moody Black. Chicora Alley. Downtown Greenville, SC.





September 2016

September 13th Tease Tuesday Burlesque at Red Light Cafe Atlanta. Featured Poet. 8pm. $10. Kimberly Simms performs poetry as part of this Cabaret night!



http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tease-tuesday-burlesque-nerdtastic-tickets-26671964564?aff=escb&utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-source=cp&utm-term=eventcard



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

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-night-of-love-and-laughter-tickets-27325432103?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing



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




October 11th TEDx Greenville Salon: Poetry Slam. Ted talk, facilitator, curator, and featured reader. 6:30 pm Zen Greenville, SC.




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.