Poetry Slam: Putting performance into contemporary poetry

Poetry Slam: Putting performance into contemporary poetry Presented by Kimberly Simms. (Grades 4-12 OR Adults) In this hands-on workshop, poet and educator Kimberly Simms will lead attendees in performing well-known contemporary poems or pre-written original poems. The workshop will feature a short craft lesson on voice and blocking. The workshop will also include a discussion on … Read more

Cooking up Poetry: Writing recipe poems

Cooking up Poetry: Writing recipe poems Presented by Kimberly Simms.  (K-12 OR Adults)In this delicious workshop, poet and educator Kimberly Simms will lead attendees in writing their own “recipe” style poems. Attendees will also discuss several sample poems to help them explore ideas about food and life. The workshop includes a structured poetic form and … Read more

Poetic Perspectives: Exploring the humanities through poetry

Poetic Perspectives: Exploring the humanities through poetry Presented by Kimberly Simms. (K-12 OR Adults)In this workshop, poet and educator Kimberly Simms will lead attendees in writing monologue style poems in the voice of a favorite literary character or historical figure. This workshop works particularly well when exploring a pre-chosen work of fiction or historical figure … Read more

Talking to Disaster: Finding healing through poetry

Talking to Disaster: Finding healing through poetry Presented by Kimberly Simms. (Adults)After a disaster, communities find comfort in poems that speak to their sense of loss. Whether dealing with personal grief or processing a disaster, individuals can be overwhelmed with emotions. Yet a special type of healing comes from reading and hearing words that echo … Read more

Celebrating Carl Sandburg: Hands on Poetry Experience

Celebrating Carl Sandburg: Hands on Poetry Experience Presented by Kimberly Simms.  (K-8)This workshop weaves together history and poetry to explore Southern themes through the poetry of Carl Sandburg. After introducing Carl Sandburg, Kimberly Simms will lead the group in a poetry writing AND/OR theater activity inspired by Carl Sandburg’s poetry. This experience can be tailored … Read more

A Festival Reading: A Poetic Journey through South Carolina

A Festival Reading: A Poetic Journey through South Carolina Presented by Kimberly Simms.  (All Ages)This poetry reading and performance will present a variety of original poems that will appeal to a broad audience on themes related to South Carolina. These poems are family friendly and entertaining to all ages. Audiences will enjoy crowd favorites such … Read more

A Poetry Reading: Discovering South Carolina through poetry

A Poetry Reading: Discovering South Carolina through poetry Presented by Kimberly Simms. (Grades 4 -12 OR Adults.)This reading, led by poet Kimberly Simms, connects audiences to the excitement of contemporary poetry. Kimberly Simms will share a variety of original and well-known engaging poems that explore the life and history of South Carolina. Kimberly Simms has … Read more

Donne and Herbert: Facing God with Humor and Frustration

Donne and Herbert: Facing God with Humor and Frustration Presented by Margaret J. Oakes. We may assume that 17th century poets, especially two who are priests, are boring, rigid, sanctimonious, and irrelevant to how contemporary life approaches spirituality. John Donne and George Herbert were, however, people like us – with families, career frustrations, facing illnesses and … Read more

Henry Timrod: Poet, War Correspondent and Reluctant Soldier

Henry Timrod: Poet, War Correspondent and Reluctant Soldier Presented by Patricia McNeely. Henry Timrod’s stint as a war correspondent for South Carolina’s Charleston Mercury was brief, but the Civil War and his experiences at the battlefront were the inspiration for poems that created his legacy as an important 19th century Southern poet. His poetry, which is usually … Read more