Appearances, Prizes, and Workshops

Highlight: The 2016 SmartARTS Teaching Artist Award

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. On March 20, Allan Ethridge, Executive Director, and Gayla Day, Director of Education, presented The 2016 SmartARTS Teaching Artist Award to Kimberly Simms Gibbs for her creative writing residencies in Greenville County Schools.

Highight: 2016 Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence

This program offers writers an opportunity to live and work at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. The three-week residency commences during April. Housing is offered in an historic cottage near the Sandburg Home.
The program is targeted at early-career writers. In addition to uninterrupted writing time, the residencies offer opportunities for service at Carl Sandburg Home NHS and in the local community, for presentation of workshops or readings, and for literary projects of their own in the region, where there is a vibrant literary community.

Highlight: Pushcart Prize Nominee

In 2016, The Petigru Review nominated Kimbery Simms for a Pushcart Prize for her poem, "The Black County Balti."

Highight: TEDX Greenville

Kimberly Simms presented on Poetry Slam 

"Like Ted Talks, Poetry Slam has a strong connection to creating an open forum for ideas worth spreading. Poetry Slam today provides a safe space where people - not only of diverse racial backgrounds - but people from different age groups, varying socioeconomic backgrounds, poets with only a high school diploma - all the way on up to a doctorate can come together on an even playing field!"

"This democratic model of Poetry Slam creates an open discursive space where anyone can feel heard."

"The poetry slam is a sounding board. It is a soap box. It is free therapy."

Read the entire transcript of Kimberly's Ted Talk, here:

TV Broadcast now on YouTube from April 23, 2016 Blue Ridge Bookfest. On the main stage at 12:30, Kimberly Simms read from her collection Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill as well as a few other poems.  This event was a part of the 2016 Writer in Residence program. The reading appeared on Blue Ridge CCTV and is now available on YouTube. Kimberly Simms' reading begins at 31:00.

Recent Awards:

  •  2017 James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition. Semifinalist. 
    • Poetry. Honorable Mention. Ampersand Magazine. 2017
    • Poetry. Pushcart Nominee. Petigru Review 2016.
    • Poetry. First Place 2016 York County Arts Council Poetry Prize.
    • Poetry. First Place. 2006 John Edward Johnson Prize. SC Poetry Society. Charleston, SC: SCPS, 2006.
    • Poetry. Honorable Mention. 2006 Lyric Poem Prize. SC Poetry Society. Charleston, SC: SCPS, 2006.
    • Poetry. Honorable Mention. Kakalak 2006: An Anthology of Carolina Poets. Charlotte, NC: Main Street Rag, 2006.
    • Third Place. Kinlock Rivers Chapbook Contest SCPS. (Did not include publishing).
    • Southern Fried Poetry Slam Champion. Member Greenville Slam Team. 1998.



    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 & 6 2017. Arts Integration Unit with Music and Poetry. Tigerville Elementary.
    March 10, 2016. Photo-shoot with Elbert Ivory Photography, Atlanta for upcoming book.
    March  17 - 30 2017 - Kimberly Simms is at a private writing retreat in Chattahoochee Hills,                Georgia.
    March 20th. 5:30 - 7:30 The MAC Annual Meeting & The TD Bank Business and the Arts Partnership Awards. Gunter Theater at the Peace Center.
    March 27, 29, 30. Arbor Springs Elementary School. Coweta, GA.

    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, 2017Monday 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.
    April 23th, 2017. Teen Poetry Slam at Coffee Underground hosted by Kimberly Simms. Please email to sign-up.
    May 14th. 2017 Feature Poet Java Monkey. Decatur, GA.
    June 8 to 11 2016. Southern Fried Poetry Slam South East Regional. Emcee for competition bouts and Co-Slammaster for the Upstate Slam Team 2016.

    June 29th, 2016. 8pm Poetic Soul Wednesdays. Old School Vs New School Slam. Kimberly Simms is a featured performer as part of the Old School team at this lively poetry exhibition.

    July 25th to July 28th 2016. Creative Writing Immersion Facilitator. SmartARTS Summer Training Institutes for GCSD teachers. 

    August 4th 2016 3pm. Legends of the South Showcase featuring Kimberly Simms as part of The National Poetry Slam!

    August 1st to 6th, 2016 - National Poetry Slam in Atlanta, GA (Decatur). I will be emceeing and bout managing events at the National Poetry Slam in Atlanta.

    August 9th, 2016. League Academy Faculty Training. Integrating Poetry Across the Curriculum. Kimberly Simms will lead a two hour training for the teaching staff at League Academy for the Arts that focuses on using poetry to dig deeper into common core curriculum, as well as improve literacy and writing skills.

    October 11, 2016 GREENVILLE, SC. TEDX Greenville Salon. This event featured a talk by Kimberly J. Simms as well as a slam curated be her as well.

    October 22nd, 2016. Art on the Trail Festival. Featured reading by Kimberly J. Simms. Kimberly J. Simms also organized a community poetry contest for this event. 

    2015. Aha Moment Tour

    Kimberly Simms for Mutual of Omaha in Columbia, SC as part of the 2015 Aha Moment Tour, which was featured in an online and television campaign.

    2014 Online Feature for The Spoken Word Cafe

    Check out my poems and full biography at the Spoken Word Cafe.

    2014 News Channel 4 Morning Show

    Wyff 4. Interview with Myra Ruiz in regards to The Southern Fried Poetry Slam, of which I was the Executive Director.

    2006. Your Day on ETV Radio

    Interview about her unpublished collection Lindy Lee: Poems on Mill Hill for Your Day. ETV Radio SC. August 14, 2006: Clemson University Radio Productions, 2006.

    2005.  My South Speaks for Turner South Television Campaign

    “My Southern Boys.” Poem performed and written by Kimberly Simms for My South Speaks Television Campaign. Turner South. Turner Broadcasting.
    Read the poem here.

    1999 BBC Radio 4

    Interviewed by Andrea Oliver and read poems on BBC Radio 4. GLR, Andrea Oliver Show. 1999.

    Poem Prizes:

    Professional Associations:

    Workshop Facilitation
    "Personae Poems" Writing Conference. Anderson College. Spring 2006
    “Poetic Perspectives.” 4-Week Writing Workshop. Wits End. Greenville, SC. July 2005.
    “What Can We Learn from Slam.” Writing in Place. Spartanburg, SC: Hub City. June 19,  2005.
     “Personae Poems.”  Artisphere. Greenville Events. April 23, 2005..
    “What Can We Learn from Slam.”  346 & 646 Class Lecture. Clemson. November 2004.
    “What Are Secrets to the Dead.” Authentic Voices Series. Sumter Opera House. Sept. 17, 2004.
    “What Are Secrets to the Dead.” Wits End Series. Greenville, SC. September 2004.
    “Arts Integration and Poetry.” Winter Training. Metropolitan Arts Council. Jan. 18, 2004.

    Featured Performance Highlights

    • Speaking Down Barriers Phyllis Wheatley Center. August 11, 2015.
    • Art on the Trail. Travelers Rest Arts Festival. October 2015.
    • Furman Symposium: The Ninety-Six Press: Twenty Years of Poetry in South Carolina” held at Furman’s James B. Duke Library on November 19, 2011.  
    • Art of the Imagination Festival. Travelers Rest. Spring 2014.
    • Art on the Trail. Travelers Rest Arts Festival. October 2014.
    • Artisphere. Belk Stage. Greenville, SC: Artisphere, April 23, 2005.
    • Sigma Tau Delta Poetry Slam. Greenville, SC: Furman University, March 17th, 2005. (with William Aarnes)
    • Hub City Readings at the Square. Spartanburg, SC: Hub City, March 7th, 2005. (with Valerie Ann Leff)
    • Uptown Poetry Slam. Chicago: Green Mill, March 6th, 2005. (with Marc Smith)
    • Spine Tingling Poetry Slam. Spartanburg, SC: Sherman College, February 26th, 2005.
    • Shortfuse. London, UK: Shortfuse, January 27th, 2005.
    • Authentic Voices Series. Sumter, SC: Sumter Opera House, September 17, 2004.
    • Speak Out Against Domestic Violence. Columbia, SC: Oct. 28, 2003.
    • Eden Fest. Lake Eden, NC: May 2003.
    • Emrys Reading Room. Greenville, SC: Emrys, January 27, 2002. (with Ron Rash)
    • West End Festival. April 2002. Greenville, SC.
    • Ladyfest Atlanta. October 11, 2002. Earthshaking Music, Atlanta, GA.
    • Shortfuse. London, UK: Shortfuse, September 20, 2001. (with Roddy Lumsden)
    • Paradigm Poets, ICA December 4th, 2000. London, UK: Institute of Contemporary Arts.
    • Goddess Rising. London, UK: Apples & Snakes, BAC, June 8th, 2000.
    • Once Upon a Time in America. London, UK: May 26, 2000. (with The Libertines)
    • Red White & Blue Festival. Greenville, SC: City of Greenville, July 1998. (with Glenis Redmond)