Celebrate National Poetry Month with Say What Poetry shows every Sunday Night at Coffee Underground in downtown Greenville, curated by local poetry non-profit Wits End Poetry! For over seventeen years, Wits End Poetry has been providing high-quality poetry programming to local audiences including national award-winning acts, poetry slams, tournaments, and open mics. With the advent of YouTube, poetry’s popularity has continued to grow, leading to sold-out shows in the intimated theater housed in the back of Coffee Underground. In fact, reflective of the rich arts scene, Greenville, SC has become a poetry mecca to regional poets who flock to Wits End Poetry’s tournaments from as far as way as New Jersey, Baltimore, and Florida. Annually, Wits End Poetry puts on four different regional poetry tournaments including Slammadness, Queen of the South, King of the South, and the Art of Slam. In this thriving poetry hotbed, the local poetry scene puts out poets with staggering talent who go on to appear on YouTube’s Def Poetry and Button Poetry. In fact, the Greenville Slam Team is ranked 5th in the Nation at the National Poetry Slam beating out teams from Chicago, San Francisco, Denver, and New York.
Catch one of these exciting shows this month at Coffee Underground on a Sunday night. Tickets are for sale on Eventbrite or at the door.
April 7th. POETRY Open Mic with Host Moody Black and feature poet BREEZE. Breeze is a 2018 National Poetry Slam Champion, a King of the South 6x-champion, a Slammadness champion, and member of the Charlotte Slam Team. He is the founder of LifeLine Poetry which provides private coaching, workshops, and poetry events in Charlotte. The night will also feature a full open mic. All poetry styles welcome. Host Moody Black. Produced by Wits End Poetry. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30 pm. $7. Sign-up for open mic starts at 6:45. All poetry styles welcome! Read or perform!
April 14th, 2019.* Feature Poet Bittersweet. BitterSweet is a survivor, artist, and activist who is changing the world one poem at a time. Her lit verse and sense of humor have inspired audiences at universities and venues across the nation. She is a Button poet and national slam finalist who has led multiple slam teams to the Southern Fried finals stage. A native of Greenville where she is the reigning slam champion, she has put the Upstate on the map as she has won high stakes slams including Atlanta’s Rough Language, Queen of the South, Slam Madness, and Columbia’s Soul Sista slam. Don’t miss this inspirational speaker who will have you on your feet clapping for more! Button Poem: https://youtu.be/nBCo5EMnR4M The night will also feature an open mic. All poetry styles welcome. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Greenville, SC 29601. 7:30 pm. $7.
April 21st, 2019.* No Show due to Easter.
April 28th. Queen of the South Slam. $400 in prize money! Invitational Poetry Slam featuring the top 15 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 female poetic artists from across four states. This event, founded in Greenville by Kimberly Simms, inspired the creation of the national WOWps. Registration open now. Coffee Underground. 1 East Coffee Street. Additional information at http://witsendpoetry.blogspot.com
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Say What Sundays are held every Sunday at Coffee Underground at 7:30 in Downtown Greenville at 1 East Coffee Street. Doors open at 7:00. Each event features a short open mic with five local poets going before the feature and 5 after. Individual tickets $7 or $10 for slams. Founded in 2002 by Kimberly Simms.