Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Art on the Trail “Poetic Journeys” Poetry Prize




TRAVELERS REST, SC:    The Travelers Rest Artists Alliance and Wits End Poetry announce their first annual “Poetic Journeys” Poetry Prize as part of the 2016 Art on the Trail Festival. Winners will be invited to read their original poems at the Art on the Trail Festival held in Trailblazer Park on October 22nd sponsored by the City of Travelers Rest. Adults and students living in the Upstate, SC region are invited to submit their own original poetry on the theme “Mountains on my Mind” between August 10th and September 15, 2016. The annual Art on the Trail Festival will be held October 21 - 22nd in Travelers Rest and it will feature Fine Arts, Fiber Arts, Sculpture, Photography, Live Music and Performers, Poetry, Children's activities and More!

Adults over 18 residing in the Upstate region may submit up to 3 poems using the online submission manager at https://witsendpoetry.submittable.com/submit. There is no reading fee for poems submitted before September 1st. All poetry styles are welcome. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded in each category, and all winners will have the opportunity to share their poems at a celebration in their honor honor at the Art on the Trail Poetry Prize Celebration: A Poetic Journey through the Mountains of South Carolina on October 22. The first prize adult winner will also receive $100. The first prize student winner will receive gift certificates totaling $50.  Full details of the contest are available at www.witsendpoetry.com. More information about the festival is available at www.artonthetrail.com.


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Students: Educators and parents are invited to submit their student’s original poems via the online submissions manager at https://witsendpoetry.submittable.com/submit or via email to witsendpoetrysc@gmail.com. Poems can be written in any style but should be written on the theme “Mountains on my Mind”. Poems are judged within grade categories: 3-5th, 6-8th and 9-12th. Each poem should contain in the top right corner: City, School, First & Last Name, Grade, and Teacher. Questions should be directed to the Poetic Journeys Contest Director Kimberly Simms Gibbs.

The contest and celebration event are being managed and hosted by local poet and educator Kimberly Simms Gibbs, who is the 2016 Carl Sandburg Writer in Resident. A “Poetry and Tea” reception with local poets, prize, winners, and the public will immediately follow the celebration.  Winning poems will also be featured online. We are currently looking for local businesses to donate items for the tea reception, as well as gift certificates for prizes.

Wits End Poetry is a 501 C 3 Charity whose mission is to provide high quality poetry programming to adults and students in Greenville County and beyond. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Upcoming Shows at Coffee Underground!


Sunday, May 1st, 2016 Local Poet Spotlight and Open Mic hosted by Moody Black. 
Extended Open Mic. All poetry styles welcome.  Please sign up starting at 7:00 pm. Each poet should keep their reading under five minutes.  1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5

Sunday, May 8th, 2016 Multi-Voiced Poetry Slam and 2016 Upstate Slam Team Fundraiser. This event will bring a twist to the standard poetry slam. During this event, teams of two to four poets are invited to compete in a two round poetry slam. To raise the standard of this event and to welcome traveling poets, group poets will be able to sign up in advance via email witsendpoetrysc@gmail.com or message Kimberly Simms Gibbs on Facebook. This event will follow the normal format of the poetry slam, except that at least two poets must be feature in each poem. The winning group of poets will receive $100.
  

Sunday, May 15th, 2016. Feature poet KrossWordz with host Moody Black. KrossWordz has been a Slam Poet for 11 years. He has been on multiple slam teams in his native New Jersey, and ultimately Piedmont SLAM where he was Grand Slam Champion of 2011 and now SLAM CHARLOTTE. He has travelled the country spreading truth and wisdom through humor and intelligence. Recording his first CD, LYRICA ENIGMA in 2003, and second CD in 2009, he has sold over 10,000 copies and is working on material to record the long awaited third, yet untitled release. He currently resides in Greensboro, NC. The night will include a Question and Answer session as well as a CD signing after the reading. A short open mic will allow local poets to share their work.
Sample poem: https://youtu.be/Re4CE81pVgY



Sunday, May 22nd, 2016. Bullcity Durham vs Charlotte Respect de Mic vs Upstate Slam Exhibition. Hosted by Kimberly Simms. This exciting high-energy poetry slam will pit former National Poetry Slam Champion, Durham, NC against Charlotte's Respect de Mic vs our own local poets in a two round poetry slam. Preview the National Poetry Slam which will be held this August 2016 which will also showcase these teams! Like any poetry slam, judges will be chosen from the audience, but the slam is merely a vehicle to create magic on stage! The night will also feature a short open mic. 

Sunday, May 29th, 5th Annual King of the South Slam hosted by Moody Black. $400 First Prize. No Open Mic. Poets sign up in advance with a $25 registration fee. Contact Moody Black. A poetry slam is a performance poetry competition judged by five randomly chosen members of the audience. Each poet will perform one original poem without musical accompaniment, props, or costumes within the three-minute time limit. They will be judged on a scale of zero to ten with the lowest and the highest scores dropped to give a highest possible score of thirty






 Sunday, June 5th, 2016 Feature Jonathan Brown and Open Mic hosted by Moody Black. Jonathan Brown is a native of Greenville, SC who currently bases out of New Orleans. He is the author of several chapbooks and cd's. He is a former member or the Greenville and San Francisco Slam Teams. He is a former educator who holds an MFA in creative writing. The night will also feature ten open mic slots for local poets on a first come, first serve basis. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5



Sunday, June 12th, 2016 Feature poet Beshaun Judah of Birmingham, Alabama with host Moody Black. Born as BeShaun Leavell, the artist Shaun Judah is a well-seasoned Emcee and Poet. However the stage handle Shaun Judah is not just a moniker of convenience, "Shaun" meaning God is Gracious and "Judah" meaning praise or to praise. Both names capture the essence of this man, who recognizes that he has experienced God's grace on a daily basis and through his toughest moments in life. Because of the grace that Shaun has received, he expresses his spirituality that inspires him through life. The night will feature a Question and Answer session as well as a book signing. The night will also feature a short open mic for local poets.
More info and videos at: http://www.promardi.com/users/shaun-judah





June 19th, 2016 Father's Day Open Mic hosted by the Upstate Slam Team and Moody Black! All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5.


Upstate Slam Team: Bittersweet, De Dove, Trez the Truth, and Jahbu


Sunday, June 26th, Monthly Poetry Slam hosted by Moody Black. A poetry slam is a performance poetry competition judged by five randomly chosen members of the audience. Up to twelve local poets may sign up for the three-round poetry slam. After the first round, only eight poets will perform in the second round, and only four poets will perform in the final round. Each poet will perform one original poem without musical accompaniment, props, or costumes within the three-minute time limit. They will be judged on a scale of zero to ten with the lowest and the highest scores dropped to give the highest possible score of thirty. The winner of the slam will receive a prize. All poetry styles welcome. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30pm. $5. 



Queen of The South Slam

Congratulations to our Queen of the South Co-Champions Ashlee Haze and Bittersweet! They and all the talented poets brought magic to the stage!


Last night's sold out show was hosted by Kimbi Tiez and managed by founder Kimberly Simms.

The Finals of The Queen of the South Slam featured:
IamPicturesque
BitterSweet
Ashlee Haze
Ninel

The preliminary round scores were as follows:
Round 1
Luvlee 27.5
Queen T 28.8
Sassy 27.8 (time penalty)
BitterSweet 29.4
IamPicturesque 29.3
Haze 29.3
Ninel 29.5
Ashley Elizabeth 27.6
Stephanie 29.7
Jenice Pleasant 28.9

Round 2
Stephanie 28.3
Ninel 29.7
BitterSweet 29.8
Haze 29.4
IamPicturesque 29.6
Jenice 29.3
Queen T 28 (time penalty)
Sassy 29.3

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Queen of the South Slam April 24th! Celebrate National Poetry Month!




Sunday, April 24th, 2016 Queen of the South 

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

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 program is funded in part by the Metropolitan Arts Council with funds received from the City of Greenville, BMW Manufacturing Company, Michelin North America, Inc., SEW Eurodrive and the South Carolina Arts Commission.

Contact Kimbi TheGoddess Tiez to get on the list if you want to slam or questions!
Taking 15 poets. Registration fee of $25 due April 24th.
7p Doors Open7:15p Bout Draw for competeing Queens7:30p Short open mic/ Show timeAdmission $5Arrive on time as seats will fill up quickly!


Host Kimbi The Goddess



Friday, January 29, 2016

Poetry Challenge for the Weekend

Write your own "Three Things" poem inspired
by Carl Sandburg's poem "Sandhill People"


1. Start with the line "I took away three pictures"
2. Pick a favorite spot that you have visited, then describe three powerful images you remember.
3. Start a new stanza with the line "I took away three thoughts"
4. Describe three emotions or thoughts you associate with the images you described.
5. Flesh the emotions out by creating imagery that symbolizes that thought or emotion. Basically you are describing the thought or emotion with more imagery from the favorite location. 

If you get stuck, look at how Carl Sandburg crafted his poem:

Share your poem on Instagram with the hashtag: #poetrychallenge #january

"Sandhill People" by Carl Sandburg


This poem is posted all over the internet so I believe it is out of copyright. But this version of the poem first appeared in the The Complete Works of Carl Sandburg.