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


Picture above by Chrisitian Ramirez at the 2016 Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition. 

2017 Winter/Spring Events

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. http://www.patconroyliterarycenter.org/
April 23th, 2017. Teen Poetry Slam at Coffee Underground hosted by Kimberly Simms. Please email witsendpoetrysc@gmail.com to sign-up.

May 14th. 2017 Feature Poet Java Monkey. Decatur, GA.

June 7-10, 2017.  Workshop Leader and Master of Ceremonies. Southern Fried Poetry Slam. Louisville, KY. 
June 15, 2017 Arts Integration Training Facilitator for New Artists. Metropolitan Arts Council's SMART Arts Program. Greenville, SC
July  24 - 28th. Arts Integration "Creative Writing Immersion" for teachers and artists. Metropolitan Arts Council's SMART Arts Program. Greenville, SC

August 4th is the first day of school for Coweta County. 

October 8, 2017. Furman University. Poetry Slam Demonstration and Talk.

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.

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. http://www.southernfried2016.com/

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 22nd, 2016. Art on the Trail Festival. Featured reading by Kimberly Simms. 

April 8th, 2017 Peace Voices Teen Workshop Facilitator and Presenter. 

Past Events
A full listing of past events is available at:

January 30, 2016 2pm. Judge for South Carolina Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition, 

                                        Spartanburg, SC. Event moved to January 30th due to snow.
                                         I also shared several poems with the audience.
Hub City Hosts at Spartanburg Community College

More information at: https://www.hubcity.org/news/2016/three-finalists-named-for-poetry-out-loud-state-finals/

January 31, 2016. Emcee and Host for the 2016 Greenville Grand Slam at Coffee Underground.

                             More information at www.witsendpoetry.com

February 8th. 2016 6:30 to 8:30 Poetry workshop at the Hughes Main Library. I facilitated the workshop as well as leading a writing exercise. Sponsored by Wits End Poetry.

February 12th to 28th, 2016  SmartARTS Residency at Sevier Academy, 8 Days. Greenville, SC. I integrated Visual Poetry in Art Classes to bring poetry into the visual arts. 

March 1st - 28th, 2016 SmartARTS Residency at League Academy, Greenville, SC. 16 Days. I will be working in 8th Grade Honors English to help students connect with characters from Lord of the Flies through poetry written from the point of view of characters in the novel.

April 6th - 26th 2016 Carl Sandburg Writer in Residence. Kimberly Simms has been chosen as the 2016 Carl Sandburg Writer in Residence. During the month of April, I will will be teaching classes, giving talks, and working with the communities surrounding the Carl Sandburg House in Hendersonville, NC.

April 14th 2016 Poetry at the Corner of Jazz. Featured performer with Jazz trio from the Greenville Jazz Collective. Hosted by Glenis Redmond.

April 23, 2016 Blue Ridge Bookfest. On the main stage at 12:30, reading from her collection Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill.

April 24th, 2016 Co-host and Event Manager for Queen of the South Slam at Coffee Underground. www.witsendpoetry.com

Speaking Down Barriers August 11th, 2015.  Phyllis Wheatley Center. As part of a larger conversation on race, I shared my original poem "Sweeter than our Carolina Tea."  You can read the poem on their website:

Poetry on the Trail. Art on the Trail Festival. October 24th, 2015. I enjoyed sharing a variety of poems at this fun local festival. I also read at this festival in 2014, as well as the former TRAM Festival.

A more detailed listing of my appearances can be found at:

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.  I was honored to be invited to read at this wonderful event, along with my co-authors of the poetry collection: Quintet (pictured below).

Paradigm Poets, ICA London. December 4th, 2000. London, UK: Institute of Contemporary Arts.

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