Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Haiku Death Match


Sunday, July 25th, 2021 Haiku Slam. Host will be Black Phoenix. Poets bring your haikus to compete in our annual Haiku Death Match (National Style). Poets should have at least   15-26 haikus to compete. Winner will receive $200. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street Greenville, SC. 7:30pm. $10. 


Produced by Wits End Poetry, these poetry events are made possible in part by the generous support of the South Carolina Arts Commission and 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. More information at www.witsendpoetry.com. 

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Haiku Slam Rules

REGISTERED POETS: Order will be randomly drawn on the night of slam.

Prize Money: $200

You'll need to have at least 15-26 Haikus. "The more the better." In cause you to go all the way

-There will be a “Red” poet and “Not Red” poet

-There will be a bout draw to see who goes first, second, etc.

- Each poet name will be placed in a section of a bracket, the lower number in each section will be red

-“Red” Poet will read first in every bout. “Not Red” reads first in that round if they win.

-Poets will come to the stage in pairs, bow to each other to show respect to the poet and honor the competition, and face off one haiku at a time

-First round, each Haikuster will read the best of 3 Haiku, 2nd round- best of five, 3rd round- best of seven, and 4th round-best of eleven. This number can be adjusted based on the number of participants

-For example, if there are not enough haiku warriors signed up to make a full show it may go to double-elimination (you need to lose two rounds to be eliminated).

-We encourage pre-sign ups for slams. If not a sold out show, you may sign up at the venue

-Last haiku warrior standing wins the trophy and cash prize

$10 General Admission. Buying an audience ticket does not register you for the slam. 

REGISTRATION IS OPEN. 8 slots for sign up

REGISTERED POETS:
1. ShAy Black
2. Davelyn Athena
3. Mista Funn
4. Jennifer Stohlmann
5. Devon Taylor
6. Carol G
7.
8.

Poet registration via PayPal $10 below or via Cashapp $witsendpoetry

Poet Name






Summer Heat Slam July 18th

 


Congratulations to Curtis Levon and Dove Dupree for being Co-Champions! Due to an anonymous sponsor, both poets were awarded $700 (for a total of $1400).

On July 18, 2021 at 7:30, Wits End Poetry will host its annual Say What Summer Heat Slam at the Radio Room in Greenville, SC at 110 Poinsett Hwy! With Host Jenice Pleasant! The first-place prize is $300! 2nd Place $100. 

Poets register below using PayPal or Cash app $15 to $witsendpoetry. Audience tickets are available via Eventbrite.


We are excited to welcome veteran and emerging poets. Wits End Poetry's mission is to mentor and grow Carolina poetry talent in order to help poets make a living as poets.  The poetry slam events do have a short open mic available for those with "audience tickets."

HOST: Jenice Pleasant

Bout Manager: 


REGISTERED POETS:
1. ShAy Black
2. Curtis Levon
3. KP The Wordsmith
4. Starry Lail
5. Black Phoenix
6. Jahbu 
7. Bawston Massacrr
8. Southern Stylz
9.Dove Dupree
10. Carol G Superstar

Limited to 10 poets. No waitlist. Poets scroll to the bottom of this page to see all the rules.

REGISTER NOW! VIA CASHAPP ($WITSENDPOETRY) OR PAYPAL

Poet Name

REGISTRATION IS OPEN. Cashapp $15 to $witsendpoetry with the words POET. "poet name" to register or register ABOVE with Paypal. $15 General Admission. Buying an audience ticket does not register you for the slam. 


REGISTERED POETS: Order will be randomly drawn on the night.

Tournament rules:

1. Prize Money: $400. First $300. 2nd $100
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 10 poets. No Waiting List. No refunds.
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. 10-6-3. 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: up to and including 3:10:00). Starting at one-hundredth of a second over the grace period, 3:10:01 a penalty is automatically deducted of .5 from the poet’s overall score. An additional .5 is deducted for each additional 10 seconds. 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.
PSI Rules
1) Poems can be on any subject and in any style.
2) Each poet must perform work that they have created. Sampling should be no longer than 30 seconds of the overall poem. 
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. For example don't wear a superman shirt and do a poem about superman. Don't wear a witch hat and do a poem about witches. So do not wear clothing that highlights or underscores your poem content. Wear your normal street clothes. 

Friday, May 14, 2021

King of the South 2021


The historical, original all-male poetry slam held in Greenville South Carolina! Don't miss the top male poets of the southeast region showcase their power and spoken word skills! Located at RADIO ROOM 110 Poinsett Hwy Greenville SC 29609. BUY AUDIENCE TICKETS at witsendpoetry.eventbrite.com

HOST  Moody Black

Bout Manager Kimberly J Simms

REGISTERED POETS:
1. BLACK PHOENIX
2. MAGIC MOSLEY
3. JORDAN BAILEY
4. CURTIS LEVON
5. JUSTIN BLACKBURN
6. ROSCOE BURNAMS
7. BREEZE
8. DOVE DUPREE
9. SUPERMAN THE POET
10. AQUIL ALI
11. AZAR

$15 General Admission. Buying an audience ticket does not register you for the slam. 
    REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

REGISTERED POETS: Order will be randomly drawn on the night.

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 10 poets. No Waiting List. No refunds.
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. 10-6-3. 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: up to and including 3:10:00). Starting at one-hundredth of a second over the grace period, 3:10:01 a penalty is automatically deducted of .5 from the poet’s overall score. An additional .5 is deducted for each additional 10 seconds. 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.
PSI Rules
1) Poems can be on any subject and in any style.
2) Each poet must perform work that they have created. Sampling should be no longer than 30 seconds of the overall poem. 
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. For example don't wear a superman shirt and do a poem about superman. Don't wear a witch hat and do a poem about witches. So do not wear clothing that highlights or underscores your poem content. Wear your normal street clothes. 

Thursday, April 01, 2021

2021 Queen of the South Slam


April 18th. Queen of the South Slam. $400 in prize money! Host Kimberly Simms. Invitational Poetry Slam featuring the top 10 female poets in the South East. To finish National Poetry Month with a magical bang - don't miss this exciting high-energy poetry slam which will spotlight emerging and veteran poetic artists who identify as women from across four states. This event, founded in Greenville by Kimberly Simms, inspired the creation of the national WOWps. Registration is open.

Radio Room. 110 Poinsett Hwy. Greenville, SC.

This Event has passed. 
Scroll down to register and for tournament rules. 

$400 in Prizes

Registered Poets:
Shane Manier of Charlotte, NC
Sassy the Poet of Laurens
Shay Black of Greenville
Jenice Pleasant of Greenville
Asma Olajuwon of Rock Hill
Queen After Dark of Sumter
Starry Lail of Greenville
Carol G Superstar of Greenville
Casy Johnson of Greenville



Poets should arrive by 7:00 pm for the draw to determine the order. 
Qualifications to sign-up to compete: 1. Over 21 years old 2. Identify as women 3. Have participated in a past WEP/SoFried event or referred by a slammaster 4. In good standing with WEP 

PAYMENT: Use paypal or CASHAPP $WITSENDPOETRY with your poet name. Please email or FB messenger us your poet name, social media, and city of residence as we will make e-fliers for each poet competing. witsendpoetrysc@gmail.comk


Queen of the South Rules
  • The first two rounds of the competition are cumulative with the first round featuring 10 poets then cutting down to 6. The final round will feature only the top 4 poets and will be a 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 tiebreaker round, rather prize money will be split in the event of a tie for first. If there is a tie during preliminary rounds, up to one additional poet may advance in some cases. Poets should bring at least 3 poems. Poems do not need to be memorized but memorization will help your score. Learn more about slam at http://www.witsendpoetry.com/whatisslam.html. 

The historical annual all-women poetry slam held in Greenville South Carolina celebrates 10 years of providing a platform where the women in the southeastern 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 witsendpoetrysc@gmail.com.

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

In the event of a tie, the two champions will each receive $175.
And the 2nd place will receive $50. (With no 3rd place).

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.


INVITATIONAL NOTES:
The Queen of the South Slam is a showcase of the top emerging and veteran female voices in the Southeast. Poets may be nominated by a slammaster or have participated in a previous Wits End Event to qualify if they are over 21 and in good standing with WEP.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Black History Month Poetry Slam at Radio Room

 

On February 21st at 7:30, Wits End Poetry will host its annual Say What Black History Month Slam at the Radio Room in Greenville, SC at 110 Poinsett Hwy! With Host Moody Black! The first prize is $200! We are excited to welcome veteran and emerging poets. Wits End Poetry's mission is to mentor and grow Carolina poetry talent in order to help poets make a living as poets.  The poetry slam events do have a short open mic available for those with "audience tickets."

We will be at the Radio Room the third Sunday of the month through May. Limited to 12 poets. No waitlist. Preference goes to those who live in the Carolinas and Georgia. Poets scroll to the bottom of this page to see all the rules.

Cashapp $12 to $witsendpoetry with the words POET: "poet name." Only register if you have slammed at a Wits End slam during 2019/2020 or have been approved by messaging Moody Black, or Kimberly Simms on FB messenger or emailing witsendpoetrysc@gmail.com. Open Mic is also available.

Competing Poets (Order will be drawn at Bout Draw)

1. Jenice Pleasant

2. Shay Black

3. Black Phoenix

4. Azar King

5. Sassy the Poet

Pending

6. Kendra Yates

7. Jahbu of Charlotte

8. Selah of Greenwood

9. Johnny C Weaver of Spartanburg

10. Mythman  Mosley

11.

12.


Volunteer and Receive a Free Audience Ticket

Sign-up to be a volunteer at the poetry slam! . 

http://witsendpoetry.blogspot.com/p/volunteer.html

SLAM RULES

1. Bout draw is at 7:15pm by Slammaster.
2. 12 Poets. 
No Waiting List. No refunds. 
3. This is a three-round poetry slam. 12-6-3 Cut.
4.  Cumulative first two rounds. Clean Slate for final-round.  To move to final round, we will take top three poets based on their cumulative score for first and second round. If there is a tie for second, we will just take those top three poets (1st place, two poets tied for second = three poets going to final round). (1st place, 2nd place, two poets tied for third = four poets going to final round etc)
5. No Tie for First. In the event that there is a tie for first, then each poet tied for first place 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.

6. The Time Limit. 3:00 minute time limit. At 3:10:01 a time penalty will be assessed.  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 .5 from the poet’s overall score, and an additional .5 is deducted for each additional 10 seconds. THE MC/BM MAY STOP THE POET AT 4:00 MINUTES.
6. 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.
7. Black Phoenix is the slammaster. Please see our page What is Slam for full rules as well as below. Kimberly Simms will adjudicate any protests. 


Slam Rules
1) Poems can be on any subject and in any style.
2) Each poet must perform an original 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.