Welcome!

Welcome to my online home.  Just like my timber frame cabin in the mountains of South Carolina, I hope this space will have a sense of place. I am fun-loving Southern woman who loves the old folk ways, fresh tomatoes from the garden, local history, and the atmospheric southern landscape.

“Kimberly Simms writes with eloquence and empathy about an important part of Southern history too often neglected.” --Ron Rash, Author of Serena

Monday, January 30, 2017

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 Aji  hopes to spark passion for literature and art by offering previously unpublished works of established and emerging artists, work that celebrates contemporary experience and engages readers and viewers globally.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' poem "Golden Spears" an Honorable Mention for poetry.  "Borrowed Relief" and "Lunch with Ivan at the Superior Kebab House" will also appear in the 2017 edition.

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

Saturday, January 14, 2017

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.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

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.