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

Publication Credits

Publishing Bibliography


  • Dancing Crooked. Greenville, SC: Mad Girl Press, 1997.

For information on my appearances, please see:


Full List of Published Poems

  • "Lost Stand of Daffodils." The Broad River Review. Forthcoming 2017.
  •  "Golden Spears" (Honorable Mention), "Lunch with Ivan at the Superior Kebab House," and "Borrowed Relief." Ampersand Magazine. Forthcoming 2017.
  • "The Shortness of Summer" and "The Ugly Jug" Aji Magazine. Forthcoming Spring 2017.
  • "Film Director." Poems2G0.com Poem was distributed on fliers to coffee houses.
  • "The Forgotten Fence" and "The Black Country Curry." Petigru Review. South Carolina Writer's Association. 2016. http://www.myscwa.org/the-petigru-review/
  • "Bees of Light." Phantom Drift: 6th Annual. Fall 2017 (Forthcoming).
2015 - 2016

  • "Tentative Love." O Dark Thirty. The Review. 2016 (Forthcoming)
  • "Is This It." Stand There Shining: A Recovery Anthology. Tulip Tree Publishing. 2016 (Forthcoming)

  • “Middle Saluda.” South Carolina Review, Volume 48, Number 2. Spring 2016. Clemson, SC: Clemson UP, 2015. (as KJ Gibbs) 

  • “Machine Tools Salesman.” Poem, Huntsville, AL: 2015 (as KJ Gibbs)
Note from the author: Please not that between 2008 and 2014, I did not send out my poems for publication as I was focusing on my family and my daughter.

2010 - 2006 (as Kimberly Jane Simms)

  • “Dip 1929,” “Hop Along Little Crow,” “Jerome’s Silence.” The South Carolina Review. Vol 42.2. Clemson, SC: Clemson UP, 2010.
  • “The Summer of Tiger Swallow Tails.” In The Yard Anthology. Sylva, NC: Old Mountain Press, 2007. (oldmp.com)
  •  “Fortune Tellers.” Eclipse. Glendale, CA: Glendale College, 2006.
  •  “Brother’s Mess of Crosses.” First Place. 2005 n Edward Johnson Prize. SC Poetry Society. Charleston, SC: SCPS, 2005.
  • “Cliff Jump.” Honorable Mention. 2006 Lyric Poem Prize. SC Poetry Society. Charleston, SC: SCPS, 2006.
  • "The Cotton Mill Song." Blue Collar Review. Vol. 10 Issue 1. Autumn 2006. Norfolk, VA: Partisan Press, 2006. 
  • “Blue Panes.” Honorable Mention. Kakalak 2006: An Anthology of Carolina Poets. Charlotte, NC: Main Street Rag, 2006.
  • “May Anti-Capitalist Riots, London*.” Growing Up Girl Anthology. Washington, DC: Girl Child Press, 2006. (Anthology Rights)
  • “May Anti-Capitalist Riots, London.” Timber Creek Review. Greensboro, NC: John M. Freiermuth (editor), 2006. First Rights, but TCR went Defunct.
  •  “Mama’s Mill Christmas 1935.” Home for the Holidays Anthology. Sylva, NC: Old Mountain Press, 2006. (oldmp.com)
2005 (as Kimberly Jane Simms)

  • “Digging.” Asheville Poetry Review. Vol. 12, No. 1. Asheville, NC: APR, 2005.
  • “Bliss.” Poems Niedergasse July/August. 2005. http://www.niederngasse.com
  • “Exploring American Landscapes: Book Review.” The South Carolina Review. Vol 38.1. Clemson, SC: Clemson UP, 2005.
  •  “Deep Deportation.” Plains Song Review. Lincoln, NE: U of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2005.http://www.unl.edu/plains/publications/PSR/psr6_10.shtml
  • “Saluda,” “Lunar Republic,” and “Last Day at the Mill.” The Millennial Sampler of SC Poetry. Greenville, SC: Ninety-six Press, 2005.
  • “Man and Woman Eating Dinner.” Aurora Review. Spring 2005. Fayetteville, AK: Aurora, 2005.
  • “December in the Foothills,” “Sneaky Sand,” and “Just Friends.” The Dead Mule: School of Southern Literature. April 2005. ISSN 1535-8488. Val MacEwan, 2005.
2004 - 1995 (as Kimberly Jane Simms)

  • “Dissasembly Line” and “Nothing Like Barcelona.” WRIToracle. Vol. 5 Winter. Durham, NH: The Writ, 2003.
  • "Small Spaces", "Cuttings", "Sara is Screaming" Speak Out, Columbia, SC: Universal Soul Languages Publications, 2003 (under 500 copies. Anthology)
  • “Lunar Republic.” From the Page to the Stage. Ann Arbor, MI: Wordsmith Press, 2003.
  • "Cuttings", "Not Quite the White Knight", "Letter to Adam" Psychotic Education Vol. 5. Greenville, SC: David Stone, 2002
  • “The Execution of Lady Jane Grey.” The Absinthe Literary Review, Winter 2002.  Spring Green, WI: ALR, 2002. http://www.absintheliteraryreview.com/poetics/thanatos02.htm
  • “Interview,” “My Poems in London,” and “Headlines”. Rising. Issues 18, 23, 27. London, UK: Tim Wells, 2000-2001.
  • “Mae West Disease,” “Pick Up,” and “Berlin Teletowers.” The Illustrated Ape Magazine. Issues 10, 13, 14. London, UK 2001-2002.
  • “Small Spaces.” “Baby Kidnapped.” Not Your Mama’s Cookbook, Ladyfest South Anthology. Atlanta, Kings Cross Pub., 2002 (under 500 copies. Anthology)
  • "Mother." 6th Annual Southern Fried Poetry Slam Anthology, Greenville, SC: Southern Fried Poetry Slam, 1998
  • “Small Spaces,” “Barbie,” “Speaking to Women,” and “Vast as the Sky.” Women’s Insight Magazine. Issues 3&4. Greenville, SC: WIM, 1997. 
  • “Green Glass” and “Just Friends.” The Echo. Greenville, SC: Furman, 1997 & 1998.
  • “Home.” America’s Intercultural Magazine. Maywood, IL: AIM Publications, 1996.
Book Review
"Exploring American Landscapes." The South Carolina Review. SCR 38-1. 

Paper Presentation

Associated Writers Conference: Pedagogy Papers 2006
"What Can We Learn From Slam?" by Kimberly Simms

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