Kimberly Simms (Ms. KJ)

PO Box 244Greenville, SC 29602-0244 ▪ 864-525-6957 ▪



Teaching and Related Service

Teaching Artist. Metropolitan Arts Council. Greenville, SC: 2003- Present.

Teen Poetry Facilitator. Greenville County Library. January 2004 – April 2004.

Consultant. Writing Center.Clemson University. Clemson, SC: 2004-2005.



Clemson University. Clemson, SC. 2004-2006; M.A., 2006, English.

Furman University. Greenville, SC. 1996-1998, 2002; BA., 2002, English.

College of Charleston. Charleston, SC. 1994-1996; English.

Christ Church Episcopal School, Greenville, SC. High School Diploma, 1993.

Fine Arts Center. Greenville, SC. 1992-1993. Theatre.


Professional Development

Smart Arts Advanced Training Institute. Metropolitan Arts Council. July 2005.

POP Arts Integration (3) Workshops. Peace Center of Greenville. June 2005.

Reflection Through Printmaking. Metropolitan Arts Council. May 2005.

Artist Group Reflection Session. Metropolitan Arts Council. May 2005.

Kennedy Center Artist Observation. Marcia Daft at Heritage Elementary. Jan. 10th 2005.

Kennedy Center Artist Observation. Sean Lane at Stone Elementary. March 10th 2005.

SmartArts Summer Training Institute. Metropolitan Arts Council. August 2003.


Workshop Facilitation

“Poetic Perspectives.” 4-Week Writing Workshop. Wits End. Greenville, SC. July 2005.

“What Can We Learn from Slam.” Writing in Place. Spartanburg, SC: Hub City. June 19,  2005.

 “Personae Poems.”  Artisphere. Greenville Events. April 23, 2005.

“What Can We Learn from Slam.”  346 & 646 Class Lecture. Clemson. November 2004.

“What Are Secrets to the Dead.” Authentic Voices Series. Sumter Opera House. Sept. 17, 2004.

“What Are Secrets to the Dead.” Wits End Series. Greenville, SC. September 2004.

“Arts Integration and Poetry.” Winter Training. Metropolitan Arts Council. Jan. 18, 2004.


Professional Associations

Founder, Wits End Poetry.

Executive Council, Poetry Slam Inc.

Member, Emrys Foundation.

Member, South Carolina Arts Alliance.

Member, Metropolitan Arts Council.

Member, Hub City Writers.
Publishing Highlights

 “Deep Deportation.” Plains Song Review. Lincoln, NE: U of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2005.

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.

15 poems, Quintet, Greenville, SC: Ninety-six Press, 2003.

“Dissasembly Line” and “Nothing Like Barcelona.” WRIToracle. Vol. 5 Winter. Durham, NH: The Writ, 2003.

“Lunar Republic.” From the Page to the Stage. Ann Arbor, MI: Wordsmith Press, 2003.

“The Execution of Lady Jane Grey.” The Absinthe Literary Review, Winter 2002.  Spring Green, WI: ALR, 2002.

“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.” Not Your Mama’s Cookbook, Ladyfest South Anthology. Atlanta, Kings Cross Pub., 2002

 “Small Spaces” 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.


Featured Performance Highlights

Artisphere. Belk Stage. Greenville, SC: Artisphere, April 23, 2005.

Sigma Tau Delta Poetry Slam. Greenville, SC: Furman University, March 17th, 2005. (with William Aarnes)

Hub City Readings at the Square. Spartanburg, SC: Hub City, March 7th, 2005. (with Valerie Ann Leff)

Uptown Poetry Slam. Chicago: Green Mill, March 6th, 2005. (with Marc Smith)

Spine Tingling Poetry Slam. Spartanburg, SC: Sherman College, February 26th, 2005.

Shortfuse. London, UK: Shortfuse, January 27th, 2005.

Authentic Voices Series. Sumter, SC: Sumter Opera House, September 17, 2004.

Speak Out Against Domestic Violence. Columbia, SC: Oct. 28, 2003.

Eden Fest. Lake Eden, NC: May 2003.

Emrys Reading Room. Greenville, SC: Emrys, January 27, 2002. (with Ron Rash)

West End Festival. April 2002. Greenville, SC.

Ladyfest Atlanta. October 11, 2002. Earthshaking Music, Atlanta, GA.

Shortfuse. London, UK: Shortfuse, September 20, 2001. (with Roddy Lumsden)

Goddess Rising. London, UK: Apples & Snakes, BAC, June 8th, 2000.

Once Upon a Time in America. London, UK: May 26, 2000. (with The Libertines)

Red White & Blue Festival. Greenville, SC: City of Greenville, July 1998. (with Glenis Redmond)