HOMETOWN: EAST CHICAGO, IN
CURRENT CITY: SAN DIEGO, CA
Joe McClain Jr. is a retired Navy veteran, author of 12 books, spoken word artist, and dynamic inspirational speaker. With a magnetic personality and a gift for captivating audiences, Joe has made a name for himself as a sought-after figure in the literary and entertainment industries.
Born and raised in East Chicago, Indiana, Joe's journey has taken him from humble beginnings to rubbing shoulders with some of the most prominent figures in professional sports and Hollywood. His literary works have been obtained by numerous figures in organizations such as the NBA, NFL, MLB, and the Hollywood entertainment industry, earning him a reputation as a talented wordsmith who can evoke powerful emotions through his craft.
Joe's talent doesn't stop with writing, however. As a former top 25 world-ranked poet, he has graced stages both nationally and internationally, leaving audiences mesmerized with his electrifying performances. His spoken word artistry has even led to remarkable opportunities, opening for platinum-selling R&B/Neo Soul artists like Joe, Jon B, and Dwele.
Currently residing in San Diego, California, Joe continues to inspire and uplift through his writing and speaking engagements. Combining his experiences in the Navy with his undeniable talent for storytelling, he brings a unique perspective to his work, leaving a lasting impact on those who have the privilege of hearing him speak.
Joe McClain Jr. is a shining example of how passion, resilience, and a commitment to sharing one's gift can lead to a life of purpose and fulfillment. Whether through the written word or his dynamic performances, Joe is dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of others, leaving a legacy that will inspire generations to come.
-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