BOOK LAUNCH TONIGHT AT HUB CITY BOOKSHOP

#Tonight I hope you will celebrate with me at Hub City Bookshop 10/21 6:30!
My new book just came out this week, and I would love to share with you
about how I became published and do a brief reading from the book.
Sparkling water, wine, hors d'oeuvres, and door prizes should make this a fun night!
186 W Main St, Spartanburg.




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MAIL ORDER: Please make checks out to Kimberly Simms. Order Form. 


Be one of the first to read Kimberly's debut book!

I’m so glad you found me.  If you love poetry, the written word and all things Southern – you’ve landed in the right place.  Come along with me as I share the journey of my writing life and get ready for the launch of my first book of poems. 

I have some exciting events coming up soon. I look forward to meeting you at one (or several) of them.  Be sure to sign up for the latest announcements about my book launch party and other great events I have planned.

Jump on board and check out my events page to see when I will be in your area. I look forward to personally signing your copy for you or your favorite poetry-lover. Go ahead, order a few copies!

You’ll find a few of the poems from the book here.

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Public Launch in October 2017! 
Starting in October, Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill will be available here
as well as on Amazon and other retail sales locations. 
$19.99 plus shipping! 



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Multiple copies: For each personally signed copy, put a comma between each name.

MAIL ORDER: Please make checks out to Kimberly Simms. Order Form. 


Upcoming Shows with Kimberly J Simms


CHARIS BOOKS. ATLANTA BOOK DEBUT.

ATLANTA, GA.
Reading sponsored by Cliterati.
Thursday October 19, 2017. 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
The night will feature wine, nibbles, a reading by the author, door prizes, and fun!
Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307

FURMAN HOMECOMING ALUMNI BOOK SIGNING

GREENVILLE, SC.
Book signing sponsored by Furman Alumni.
Saturday, October 21 2017 11 am to 1 pm.
Furman’s Barnes and Noble Bookstore.
Student center by the lake.
3300 Poinsett Highway Greenville, SC 29613
alumni.furman.edu/homecoming/schedule-of-events

BOOK LAUNCH AT HUB CITY BOOKSHOP.

SPARTANBURG, SC.
Book Launch sponsored by Hub City.
Saturday October 21, 2017. 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
The night will feature wine, nibbles, a reading by the author, door prizes, and fun!
186 West Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306.
hubcity.org/bookshop/

NOVEMBER

POETRIO AT MALAPROPS

ASHEVILLE, NC.
Reading by 3 poets including Kimberly J Simms sponsored by Malaprops.
Sunday November 5, 2017. 3:00 pm.
Monthly poetry reading with three poets
55 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC.

TRAVELERS REST BRANCH LIBRARY

TRAVELERS REST, SC.
Book Talk and Signing sponsored by GCLS
Thursday December 7, 2017. 7 pm to 8 pm.
17 Center Street. Travelers Rest, SC 29690
www.greenvillelibrary.org/locations/travelers-rest

ASHEVILLE POETRY SERIES

ASHEVILLE, NC.
Reading and Signing followed by Open Mic
Monday December 18, 2017. 7:30 pm . Doors 7:00pm
The Block off Biltmore
39 S Market Street, Asheville, NC
(Formerly Altamont Poetry Series)

POEMS: BONES OF THE SPIRIT 

COLUMBIA, SC.
Reading sponsored by Al Black
Sunday, January 21, 2017. 1pm
Rooted, a Yoga & Wellbeing Studio 
2917 Millwood Ave. Columbia, SC

EMRYS READING ROOM

GREENVILLE, SC.
Book reading & signing sponsored by the Emrys Foundation
Monday, February 26, 2018
Joe's Place. Books. Wine. Art.
Williams Street, Greenville, SC 29601




A full listing of past events is available at:



Kimberly Simms Leads a Workshop at the Pat Conroy Literary Center

Talking to Disaster: 

Responding to Hurricane Matthew through Poetry

After a disaster like Hurricane Matthew, communities can find comfort in poetry and conversations that speak to their shared experience and shared loss. Natural disasters can stir-up strong emotions, which are often put on the back burner as communities address the physical setbacks in their communities. This workshop will focus on healing through reading, writing, and dialogue. Poet Kimberly Simms will share poems on disaster and lead a short writing exercise to provide a medium for dialogue in small groups. 

Reflection:

We had a great group of attendees at the Talking to Disaster Workshop: Sponsored by the Pat Conroy Literary Center. We shared poems and discussed how they related to our own feelings and experiences in the Hurricane. We wrote some poetic sketches and discussed poems by other poets on the subject of Hurricane Matthew. It was a deep and meaningful discussion.

Disasters can be so unsettling and disorientating even months later. It was a wonderful opportunity to feel connected to other people and reflect on our emotions.

Media

Downloadable Press Release. Click Here.
Downloadable Biography. Click Here.
Applause for Kimberly. Click Here
Questions for Book clubs and Media  Click Here

High Resolution Picture. Click Here.

April, 13, 2016 - Sandburg Home Sets Up Writer in Residence : Blue Ridge Now. Times News. http://www.blueridgenow.com/news/20160413/sandburg-home- sets-up-writer- in-residence- in-historic- house

March 31, 2016 – Kimberly Simms Named 2016 Carl Sandburg Writer-In- Residence: http://trtribune.com/index.php/local-news/item/2366- kimberly-simms- named-2016-carl-sandburg- writer-in- residence

Videos:


May, 16, 2016 –Blue Ridge Bookfest Keynote Address on the writings of Carl Sandburg. Followed by poetry reading by Kimberly Simms, the 2016 Writer-in-Residence at the Carl Sandburg House. Kimberly J. Simms talk and reading begins at 31:00.



April 13, 2016. Carl Sandburg Residency - Press Reading for the Times News. Fortune Tellers "Kimberly at The Carl Sandburg House." Vimeo. https://vimeo.com/162855932

October, 11, 2016. TedX Talk on Poetry Slam. The Ted Talk was followed by a poetry slam curated by Kimberly Simms.  https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/21191

Featured Articles:

August, 15, 2016 - Charleston Currents feature - Three Poems from my new collection Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill.
http://charlestoncurrents.com/2016/08/palmetto-poem-three-by-kimberly-simms/




Kimberly at Arbor Springs Elementary School: 2nd Grade!

I am thrilled to be visiting Arbor Springs Elementary School in Coweta, GA this week!

We are going to be using creative writing and tableau to learn about emotions and poetry!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_Cl9pjnWKO5YTM2aGdEX3laTUk/view?usp=sharing

Lindy Lee: Songs On Mill Hill by Kimberly J Simms set to release October 15, 2017


Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill features over 40 poems based on the history and landscape of Carolina and Georgia textile mill workers from the 1910s to the 1960s. The poems focus on the fictional character of Lindy Lee, her family, and their mill village. Although these poems aspire to portray Southern mill workers as accurately as possible, they constitute a creative work of fiction. Most result from the synthesis of stories gleaned from personal accounts, site visits, newspaper articles, and historical volumes. The poems explore the emotional turmoil, physical hardships, and joys of Southern women and their families in the textile industry.

Pre-sales start May 9th!!








“Kimberly Simms writes with eloquence and empathy about an important part of Southern history too often neglected.”
--Ron Rash
Author of Serena
A New York Times bestseller and PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist

“I've been reading the Lindy Lee poems for over a decade now, and I'm delighted to see them collected in a volume that amplifies their individual power. In the tradition of Ron Rash, Cathy Smith Bowers, and Linda Ferguson, Kimberly Simms has chronicled the lives of textile workers in the Carolinas with historical accuracy, imaginative insight, and lyrical grace.”
-- Dr. Gilbert Allen
    Author of Catma
   Robert Penn Warren Prize Winner

“Innovative and entertaining. Often Simms reminds me of Rita Dove's THOMAS AND BEULAH, the ability to capture a whole human life in only a few carefully-crafted lines. Simms blends the folk-road with the erudite, makes the plain-spoken country-speak stand for the deepest spiritual constructs within our souls. I’ve read this collection several times for the delight and the surprise.  I strongly suspect other readers will too. What a new craftsman is here!”
--Paul Allen,
Author of AMERICAN CRAWL and GROUND FORCES

"Focused on a life sewn into mill town culture of the early twentieth century and on through the sixties, Kimberly Simms’ Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill reignite an important (but often forgotten) crux of the South's history. These are not lugubrious, nostalgia-laden poems longing for a South that never was: they are, in sum, a beautiful lens through which to celebrate and record the joys and hardships of a charged, mythic, and sweat-soaked place, its kin and kith, and the microcosmic realities that gather to form a dynamism, a culture still moving, abiding in memory and the heart."
--William Wright
Author of Tree Heresies
Georgia Author of the Year, 2016


Kimberly Simms wins The 2016 SmartARTS Teaching Artist Award

SmartARTS


From the early days in 2003, Kimberly Simms Gibbs has been involved in the Metropolitan Arts Council's SmartARTS program that focuses on deep, meaningful learning for Greenville County students through arts integration.  In partnership, with SmartARTS, Kimberly Simms integrates both creative writing and theater into a variety of curriculums including science, socials studies, languageg arts, and visual art.




This year, the Metropolitan Arts Council held their 2016 Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony at the Gunter Theater at the Peace Center before a large crowd. Allan Ethridge, Executive Director, and Gayla Day, Director of Education, presented The 2016 SmartARTS Teaching Artist Award to Kimberly Simms Gibbs.

In 2016, Kimberly Simms Gibbs completed 8 day residencies at League Academy (3) and Sevier Middle School, spending 64 days working in Greenville county Schools.

To learn how you can bring Kimberly to your school, please email witsendpoetrysc@gmail.com.

Emotion Poems at Mountain View and Tigerville Elementary

Visual Art and Creative Writing Residency


I had a wonderful time spending 3 weeks in residencies at two elementary schools this February. It has been a joy to help Kindergarten through Fifth graders write poems! The students are currently working on the art side of their projects, so I look forward to sharing final pictures soon!

Join me on social media!
Instagram: @kimberlysimmspoet
FB: https://www.facebook.com/kimberlysimmspoet/
Twitter: @witsendpoetry

From teacher, Sherry Smith: "My name is Sherry Smith and I am the art teacher for Tigerville Elementary and travel art teacher at Mountain View Elementary. We had a wonderful time hosting Mrs. Kimberly Simms Gibbs at our school as our artist in residence. She has a wonderful connection with the children and her talent is an outstanding source of inspiration and education to my students. We worked together to create connections between the art of the written message and the art of the visual message to connect bridges between the classroom contents of study with our art forms! We were delighted to have Mrs. Gibbs be a part of our learning experiences!! Sherry Smith."

Here are a few sample poems from the units:

5th Grade Unit - Harlem Renaissance 

Tribute Poems with Alcohol Ink Tiles


Student Sample Poem:
Langston Hughes - Tribute Poem

It is 1932 in the Harlem Renaissance.
I sit at the front table of a lively jazz club.
I see rhythmic smiling women dancing
to the music. I notice the talented
African-American artists all around.
I feel as happy as Duke Ellington
pounding the piano.  I hear the deep
thud of the upright bass on stage.
My hand grasps my pen to pour
my thoughts upon the page,
"Jazz Band, Jazz Band, play play play."

4th Grade Unit - Landscape Poems 

Creative Writing, Westward Expansion, and Landscape Paintings.

Student Sample Poem:
Landscape Poem


I stand beside my grey mustang. I see a beautiful long waterfall cascading over the mountain.

I hear the sparkling blue water running over the rocks into the river.
I feel inspired like a golden eagle soaring.
I turn my face towards the east;
we traveled so many months to reach
these valleys and tall peaks.
I notice the sun turning the puffy clouds
golden as the evening comes around us.
I feel proud to be among the first
to explore this beautiful western landscape.


K-4, K-5, 1st, and 2nd Grade - Inside Out Emotion Poems

Similes with Straw Blown Watercolor Faces

Student Sample Simile Poem from First Grade
My Emotions

I feel happy like green wiggly jello.
I feel joy like a rainbow-glitter crystal.
I feel sad like a dark muddy wolf.
I feel disgust like a mushy mud pie.
I feel scared like a climbing red spider.
I feel surprised like a fast blue waterfall.


*Please note it is my personal policy not to share photos of children's faces on social media unless I have parent permission.

A Poem for Black History Month

This month as I work with students in schools across the upstate, I am helping them to write their own poetry as well as sharing this tribute poem about the inspirational Dr. Mae Jemison.

I wrote this poem in celebration of the Endeavor Shuttle mission of Mae Jemison, the first woman of color in space.  I admire Mae Jemison especially because she is a woman who started life in a small town, but she had a big impact on the world.

I think anyone who is from a small town can relate to feelings of not feeling like you can do or accomplish certain things because of your background. But Dr. Jemsion shows us that small town folks can have a big impact on culture and history.

This poem is written from the point of view of Mae Jemison, and it merges the factual details of her life with my own poetic imagination. This poem is the first in a series of poems about famous Americans aimed at middle grades students.


Mae Jemison Counts Down Aboard the 1992 Endeavor Shuttle




My blood pumps itself to a distant planet.
My brain is a supernova. My skin is a million stars.
The orange straps across my suit are bright as a fire.
I’m thinking of Grandmother, the swish, swish, swish

of her broom on that Alabama porch, the hot grits
bubbling on the stove, the smell of biscuits and bacon.
On an autumn evening, we’d slowly launch ourselves
in the swing, our feet rising across the pumpkin moon.

The year of my birth, 1956, Alabama still called segregation
separate but equal. My school teacher mama wanted more.
Her and daddy moved us to blue Chicago
to spirit, to hope, to zeal, to inspiration.

Grandmother’s tiny Alabama dreams never imagined 127 orbits
of the Earth.  Mission control is counting slowly down
and this Endeavor will shoot me into history
like a blazing star. What new horizons will I find

in a thousands years of blackness. The earth
and all its heavy history fall. I float, an impossible
dream, a black woman in a white NASA Suit,
an Alabama child with the whole world in her hands.


#blackhistorymonth #ya #youngadult #middlegrades #teaching #maejemsion #poem #poetry

I recently performed this poem for the students, teachers, and parents at the Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition in Spartanburg, SC at Spartanburg Community College. Sponsored by Hub City.





*Mae Jemison was not interviewed in regards to this poem, so the details of what she may have been thinking about while she waited to launch into space are wholly from my imagination. 

Working with students and teachers at Woodmont Middle School!

I'm excited to be working at Woodmont Middle School this week. Today I am providing professional development and later this week, I will be working with 6th and 7th grade!

Join me on social media!
Instagram: @kimberlysimmspoet
FB: https://www.facebook.com/TextileMillPoetry/
Twitter: @witsendpoetry

I have a new book of history based poetry that addresses the textile mill era, both the nostalgia for the tight knit communities and awareness for the sometimes harsh conditions after the turn of the twentieth century.







Forthcoming Poems

We are excited to announce that Kimberly Simms has several poems forthcoming in journals and magazines! Simms also received a Pushcart Nomination!

Also expect a full length poetry book from Simms later this year from a traditional press! Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill is the working title for these history based poems, some nostalgic for those tight-knit textile communities, other poems exploring the hardships on families pre-World War II. I would love for you to sign-up for my author e-mail list for notification of the launch party and book! http://eepurl.com/cyZhsv


Aji Magazine will publish "The Shortness of Summer" and "The Ugly Jug" in their Spring 2017 edition. Aji  hopes to spark passion for literature and art by offering previously unpublished works of established and emerging artists, work that celebrates contemporary experience and engages readers and viewers globally. New issues are published bi-annually, every spring and fall.  
http://www.ajimagazine.com/

The Broad River Review will publish "Lost Stand of Daffodils" in 2017. 



Ampersand Magazine awarded Simms' an Honorable Mention for poetry.  "Borrowed Relief" and "Lunch with Ivan at the Superior Kebab House" appear in the 2017 edition.

The Petigru Review nominated Simms' poem "The Black County Balti" for a 2018 Pushcart Prize in poetry. 

21 Day Gratitude Poetry Challenge

Start 2017 with some poetry prompts to inspire your heart! The challenge runs between January 6th and February 6th with prompts coming each weekday on Twitter @witsendpoetry or on Facebook @witsendpoetry.





Sample Challenge

Gratitude Challenge #6. Write a poem that pays tribute to an inspirational person in your life. Maybe your mother inspired you to follow a dream. Or maybe a well known celebrity inspired you to take life in a new direction.

#gratitudechallenge #inspiration#poetrychallenge #poetrycommunity www.kimberlysimms.com #yeahthatgreenville



2017 Readings, Workshops, and School Visits

January 4, 17-20 2017. SMART Arts Poetry Unit in Communications at League Academy. As part of this unit students will write tribute poems and participate in a poetry slam!
January 5 2017. Carolina High School Senior English classes in Greenville, SC.
January 17, 2017. Poetry Pendleton features poet Kimberly Simms. This event is sponsored by Wits End Poetry and the Humanities Council of SC. Join Kimberly and host/organizer Robert Lee Kendrick at Viva! Il Vino Winebar at 168 Exchange Streeet Pedleton SC.
January 21 2017. Poetry Out Loud Judge and Performer 2 to 4. Regional Competition. Hub City Press.  Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg, SC.
January 25. 12-3 pm Professional Development Facilitator for Greenville Middle Academy staff in SMARTArts Arts Integration program.
January 26-28 2017. SMART Arts Poetry Unit in Communications at League Academy. As part of this unit students will write tribute poems and participate in a poetry slam!
January 29, 2017. Poetry Slam Co-Host at Say What Open Mic. Coffee Underground.7:30. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC.
February 7, 2017. Art Amok Slam invited performer. 8pm. Red Light Cafe. Atlanta GA.
February 6 - 10, 2017. SmartArts Residency at Tigerville Elementary and Mountain View Elementary.
February 14 - 17. SCAC Residency at Woodmont Middle including teacher PD and classroom visits.
February 20, 2017. Spartanburg Methodist College Themed Poetry Reading for English & History 102 Classes.
February 21 - 28, 2017. SmartArts Residency at Tigerville Elementary and Mountain View Elementary.
March  1-3, 2017. Arts Integration Unit with Music and Poetry. Tigerville Elementary.
March 31, 2017. Arts Day at Grey Court Elementary School. 9 - 11 am TBC.
April 8th, 2017. Poetry Workshop and Poetry Slam Performance with Peace Voices at Ramsaur Studio sponsored by the Peace Center. 1:00 pm Workshop 4:00 pm Performance.
April 10th, 2017. Monday Night Poetry & Jazz. Featured Reader. East Bay Meeting House. 8pm. Charleston, SC.
April 11th, 2017. "Talking to Disaster: Finding Healing through Poetry" program led by Kimberly Simms and sponsored by the SC Humanities and the Pat Conroy Literary Center. Beaufort, SC. http://www.patconroyliterarycenter.org/
April 20th, 2017. Poetry Workshop and Poetry Slam at High School. Final details to be announced soon.
BIOGRAPHY
Kimberly Simms is the 2016 Carl Sandburg National Historic Site Writer-in-Residence. She started her poetry career running the first Poetry Slam in South Carolina. She went on to become a Southern Fried Poetry Slam Champion, a National Poetry Slam 'Legend of the South' and a certified slammaster. Today, she continues to walk the line between the stage and the page. She has been featured on TEDX, Turner South, BBC4, and SCETV's Your Day.  Her work has appeared in The Asheville Poetry Review, Aji Magazine, The Millennium Sampler of SC Poetry, Poem, The South Carolina Poetry Review, Eclipse, and many more. She has received poetry awards from Kakalak, the York County Arts Council, The South Carolina Poetry Society, and more. Simms has been nominated for a 2018 Pushcart prize. Her work is included in the South Carolina Poetry Archives at Furman University. She is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. She currently lives in the mountains of South Carolina.