Kimberly Simms | Poetry Slam

Like Ted Talks, Poetry Slam has a strong connection to creating an open forum for ideas worth spreading. Poetry Slam today provides a safe space where people – not only of diverse racial backgrounds – but people from different age groups, varying socioeconomic backgrounds, poets with only a high school diploma – all the way on up to a doctorate can come together on an even playing field!

About Kimberly

Kimberly Simms is an award winning poet, performer, and writer as well as an arts integration expert. She is the 2016 Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence, a member of the SC Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau, a South Carolina Arts Commission Approved Artist, and a SMART Arts teaching artist. Her poetry has appeared in Poem, The South Carolina Review, The Asheville Poetry Review, The John Edward Johnson Prize from The Poetry Society of SC, and many more. Her work is included in the South Carolina Poetry Archives at Furman University.

She was a member of the Greenville Slam Team that won the South East Regional Poetry Slam in 1998. Simms has a master’s degree in English from Clemson University with a Creative Writing Thesis, as well as a bachelor’s in English from Furman University. You can learn more about her at