Appearances, Prizes, and Workshops

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.

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.

Pushcart Prize Nominee

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

Television, Radio, and Media Appearances

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.

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:

  • "Golden Spears." Honorable Mention. Ampersand Magazine. 2017
  • "Black County Balti." Pushcart Nominee. Petigru Review 2016.
  • "Blue Panes" First Place 2016 York County Arts Council Poetry Prize.
  • “Brother’s Mess of Crosses.” First Place. 2006 John Edward Johnson Prize. SC Poetry Society. Charleston, SC: SCPS, 2006.
  • “Cliff Jump.” Honorable Mention. 2006 Lyric Poem Prize. SC Poetry Society. Charleston, SC: SCPS, 2006.
  • “Blue Panes.” Honorable Mention. Kakalak 2006: An Anthology of Carolina Poets. Charlotte, NC: Main Street Rag, 2006.
  • Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill Chapbook. Third Place. Kinlock Rivers Chapbook Contest SCPS. (Did not include publishing).
  • Southern Fried Poetry Slam Champion. Member Greenville Slam Team. 1998.

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)

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