Wednesday, May 02, 2018

King of the South

The annual King of the South Poetry Slam
Sunday May 27th, 2018. King of the South Slam. 

AUDIENCES  Buy your advance, reserved seating on Eventbrite: 

The historical, original all male poetry slam held in Greenville South Carolina! Don't miss the top male poets of the south east region showcase their power and spoken word skills! Located at Coffee Underground (downtown) 1 East Coffee St Greenville SC 

HOST  Johnny C Weaver

Bout Manager Kimberly J Simms

$10 General Admission

One Spot Open. 

Order will be randomly drawn on the night.
1. Darelle D. Dove | Greenville 
2. Jahbu Ourinde | Charlotte
3. Breeze | Richmond
4. Nate Hames | Spartanburg
5. Su Zhair | Atlanta
6. Backpack Jeff | Washington DC
7. Eye-Am-Bic |  Charlotte
8. Corey Nesbitt | Greenville
9. Jay Desean | Greenville
10. Khali Ali | Charleston
11. Black Phoenix | Spartanburg
12. Curtis Levon 

Tournament rules:

1. Prize Money: 1st $300  2nd $100
Top 3 poets will have the title, "King of the South Finalist"
2. Bout draw is at 7:15pm
If you are late for the draw, you will automatically be the 1st poet in the slam!
3. We are only taking 12 poets. No Waiting List. Cancellations must occur by 5/25 in order to receive a refund.
4. No Tie for First. In the event that there is a tie for first after the third round, then each poet tied for first will perform one additional poem. A coin flip will determine order. Judges will vote for the winner by writing down the name of the poet who they believe should win.
5. Three Round Poetry Slam. 12-6-3. First two rounds are cumulative. Final round is clean slate. Order will be high to low for second round. Final round will be redrawn for order.
6. The Time Limit. 3:00 minute time limit. A poet is certainly allowed several full seconds to adjust the microphone and get settled, but as soon as s/he makes a connection with the audience (“Hey look, she’s been standing there for 10 seconds and hasn’t even moved”), the timekeeper can start the clock. After 3:00 minutes, there is a 10-second grace period (for example: (in the 3 minute rotation) up to and including 3:10:00). Starting at one hundredth of a second over the grace period, a penalty is automatically deducted  of .10 from the poet’s overall score. THE MC/BM MAY STOP THE POET AT 4:00 MINUTES.
7. Influencing the Crowd Before the Bout Begins. Poets are allowed to talk casually with anyone in the crowd before the bout begins (except the judges, if they have already been chosen). They are not, however, allowed to give anything to the audience or have anyone do this for them. See full PSI
 tournament rules for more information.
8. General PSI Rules (

PSI Rules
1) Poems can be on any subject and in any style.
2) Each poet must perform work that they have created.
3) No props. Generally, poets are allowed to use their given
environment and the accouterments it offers microphones, mic stands,
the stage itself, chairs on stage, a table or bar top, the aisle as long as
these accouterments are available to other competitors as well. The rule
concerning props is not intended to squelch the spontaneity,
unpredictability, or on-the-fly choreography that people love about the
slam; its intent is to keep the focus on the words rather than objects.
Refer to Section V (Definitions) for further clarification on what is and is
not a prop. Poets who inadvertently use a prop (for example, a timely yet
unwitting grab at a necklace) can be immediately penalized two points if
the MC of the bout deems the effect of the violation to have been
appreciable, but sufficiently lacking in specific intent. A formal protest
need not be lodged before the MC can penalize a poet in this way,
however, the decision of the MC can be appealed after the bout.
Individuals whose use of props in a poem appears to be more calculated
and the result of a specific intent to enhance, illustrate, underscore, or
otherwise augment the words of the poem will be given a retroactive
score for the poem equal to two points less than the lowest scoring
poem in that bout. This deduction, which can only be applied after a
formal protest has been lodged against the offending poet, will not be
made by the MC, but by the Protest Committee.
4) No musical instruments or pre-recorded music, a poem which
violates this rule will be assessed a score of zero.
5) No costumes. (Do not put on or take off clothing during bout)The Protest Committee may apply a two-point
deduction for violation of the costume rule.

Monday, April 16, 2018

April 29 2018 Queen of the South Slam
hosted by founder Kimberly Simms

$400 in Prizes

To finish National Poetry Month with a magical bang - don't miss this exciting high-energy poetry slam which will spotlight emerging female poetic artists from across four states. This event, founded in Greenville by Kimberly Simms, inspired WOWps.

Poets should arrive by 7:00 pm for the draw.

Poets registered (order will be drawn on night of  event).
Tameika Smith Robinson
Shay Black
Iam Picturesque
Mia S. Willis
Elaine Hill
Nigeria Avanti
Ashlee Haze
Bria Davis
The Bride of Christ
Lady V
Jenice Pleasant
Solace Soleil
Adrienne White

To sign up please register here via PayPal:

EARLY BIRD Registration is ONLY $10. Goes up to $15 on 4/24.
Please pay via Paypal and be sure to include your poet name as a note.
Registration is now closed.


If you are interested in helping with this event, we need timers, scorekeepers, and ushers. Please sign-up online at OR email

Queen of the South Rules

The first two rounds of the competition are cumulative with the first round featuring 12 poets then cutting down to 8. The final round will feature only the top 4 poets and will be clean slate. Standard tournament slam rules apply. Prop, plagiarism, or costume violations will result in [-2 ] points from the score for that round. There will not be a tie breaker round, rather prize money will be split in the event of a tie. If there is a tie in early rounds, additional poets will advance. Poets should bring at least 3 poems. Poems do not need to be memorized but it will help your score. Learn more about slam at

The historical annual all women poetry slam held in Greenville South Carolina celebrates 10 years of providing a platform where the women in the south eastern region showcase their power and spoken word skills! This event was conceived in 2005 and led to the formation of the Women of the World Slam.

Questions email

First Prize $250
Second Prize $100
Third Prize $50

In the event of a tie, each 2 champions will each receive $175.
And the 2nd place will receive $50.

Standard tournament rules:
1. No costumes. You may not remove clothing items during your performance.
2. No props. You can not refer to an object during your performance. (mention earrings and pull on your earrings).
3. No musical accompaniment. You can sing but you can not use a musical instrument.
4. 3:00 minute time limit. Points deducted for going over.
Tips for slamming:

Sunday, February 04, 2018


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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Say What Grand Slam to be held on January 28

Please click her to make a tax deductible donation to the team. 

Official list for poets eligible to slam for Say What?! Poetry Slam Team to travel and represent Greenville and the Upstate in the annual Southern Fried Slam 2018 (San Antonio, TX). Moody Black is the Slammaster in partnership with Wits End Director, Kimberly Simms.

Standard PSI Poetry Slam Rules apply. Top 4 poets will become the 2018 Slam Team upon signing the 2018 Slam Team Contract.

1. Jenice Pleasant

2. Darelle D. Dove

3. Shuntrice Smoot aka Sassy the Poet

4. Soleil Solace

5. Ashley Gowens aka Bitter Sweet

6. Davelyn Hill aka Willow

7. Katara Miller aka IAmPicturesque

9. Sen Topic

10. Allexthea Carter aka A.I. Carter

11. Hayle'The Celestial Poet Oswell

12. Derrick J Commander aka Southern Styles
The Say What Greenville Poetry Slam
is a certified venue.

For 15 years Wits End Poetry has supported the Greenville Slam Team composed of 5 local poets (Residing in Upstate of South Carolina) to travel to professional conferences on a regional and national level. Our local poets have the opportunity to gain exposure, grow as artists, and network with other people in their field. This year they will be travelling to San Antonio, Texas.

The Say What Slam is a nationally certified (PSI) and award winning slam.

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