Upcoming Shows with Kimberly J Simms

Date Description
July 30
CHICAGO, IL. Uptown Poetry Slam. Featured poet Kimberly J Simms.  Green Mill Jazz Club, Chicago. 4802 North Broadway Ave. http://greenmilljazz.com/calendar/
August 6
COLUMBIA, SC: Fall Lines Release Celebration featuring Kimberly J Simms. Richland Library 3 - 4:30pm. 
September 2 ATLANTA, GA. Decatur Book Festival. Poety Stage Presented by Java Monkey with Kimberly J Simms. 11:30am  https://www.decaturbookfestival.com  [Labor Day Weekend]
September 2017
FAYETTEVILLE, GA. RESIDENCY: Historical Figures. Spring Hill Elementary School. 5th Grade. (Alliance Theatre).
September 23
AUGUSTA, GA. Berry Fleming Book Festival. Featured Panelist Kimberly J Simms. 11:00am https://berryflemingbookfestival.com/  
September 24
AIKEN, SC.  Featured reader Kimberly J. Simms. Aiken County Historical Museum. 433 Newberry St. SW www.aikencountyhistoricalmuseum.org
Sponsored by the SC Humanities Council.
September 25-27
ATLANTA, GA. Kimberly J Simms will be participating in the Performing Arts Exchange organized by South Arts. 
October 5
GREENVILLE, SC. FUSAB Presents Poetry Slam and Talk. 7:00. FREE. Furman University. Kimberly Simms curates, hosts, and leads a poetry slam featuring members of the Greenville Slam Team.
October 7 CHARLESTON, SC. Free Verse Poetry Festival. Eclectic Cafe. Featuring a poetry reading with Kimberly Simms. https://www.facebook.com/FreeVerseFestival/
[Holiday Weekend Metro Atlanta Schools 10/6 - 10/9]
October 15 GREENVILLE, SC. PRIVATE BOOK LAUNCH PARTY. This event will be a night of music, poetry, and fun to celebrate my new book launch with my closest supporters at Artistry! By invitation only. 
October  21 GREENVILLE, SC. Book signing at Furman’s Barnes and Noble bookstore from 11am-1pm!
October TBD
SPARTANBURG, SC. Public Book Launch! Exciting details coming soon!
Nov 17-25
Happy Thanksgiving! 
December 1-19 GREENVILLE, SC. SmartARTS RESIDENCY: J Fisher Middle School.  8th Grade English. December 1, 5, 7, 11, 13, 15, 19.
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December 7 TRAVELERS REST, SC. Kimberly J Simms Book Talk and Signing for LINDY LEE: SONGS ON MILL HILL at the Travelers Rest Branch Library. 
Dec 19 - 30 Happy Holidays!
January 8-30 GREENVILLE, SC. SmartARTS RESIDENCY: League Academy. 8th grade Communications. January 8, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 29, 30.
January 21 COLUMBIA, SC. Poems: Bones of the Spirit reading at 1pm with feature poets Kimberly J Simms and Ray McManus at Rooted, a Yoga & Wellbeing Studio 2917 Millwood Ave.
January 19 - February 8 GREENVILLE, SC. SmartARTS RESIDENCY: League Academy. 8th grade English. January 19, 31. February 1-8.
April 1-8 2018 Metro Atlanta Spring Break

For bookings please email kimberlysimmspoet@gmail.com

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. 


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.


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


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.