HOMETOWN: EAST CHICAGO, IN
CURRENT CITY: SAN DIEGO, CA
Joe McClain Jr., known as Artist JoeMac, is a multi talented artist, achieving high marks in the fields of professional speaking, spoken word poetry, writing and entertainment. Finding his love for writing and poetry early in life, he steady progressed in his crafts. Launching his author and slam poetry career in 2014, he has seen himself touring multiple cities and releasing 11 novels which have been acquired by numerous prominent figures in sports and entertainment. Serving in the United States Navy, he is a veteran of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, deploying four times. Working for the Chief of Naval Operations Task Force One, which was constructed after the murder of George Floyd, he has constructed several national recognized spoken word projects and focus group discussions covering social, racial and political issues. In a 20 year career, he visited 27 countries on five continents, including a two year tour on the island of Guam and was discharged honorably in October of 2022.
-Opened for platinum Neo Soul/R&B artists Joe, Jon B. and Dwele
-2x best selling author
-2023 L.A. InkSlam runner up
-2023 San Diego Poetry Slam, Grand Slam Finals runner-up (Rudy Francisco)
-2023 Headline poet for I AM MY ANCESTORS WILDEST DREAMS EXPO in Minneapolis, MN
-2022 Idaho Falls Poetry Slam Champ
-2022 La Paloma Poetry Slam runner up
-2022. Headline poet for Fargo, ND Juneteenth festival.
-2021. Headline poet for 100 year commemoration of Black Wall Street in Tulsa, OK.
-2021. Headline poet for inaugural Burlington, VT Juneteenth festival.
-2020 Inland Empire (CA) Poetry Slam Champ
-#24 world ranked poet. 2019 Individual World Poetry Slam.
-2019 San Diego Slam representative for IWPS
-2019 La Paloma Poetry Slam Champ
-2018 Inland Empire (CA) Poetry Slam Champ