Author Archives: Mighty Mike McGee

About Mighty Mike McGee

I am a poet and a humorist from San José, California. I have many siblings, niblings and giblets. I enjoy Scrabble and coercing people to think and laugh. Soup saves lives.

City of San José LITTER-ature Project

I am working with the City of San Jose Public Art Program, Environmental Services Department and the Anti-Litter Program to help develop the LITTER-ature Project. Our goal is to put San Jose youth poetry on brand new public litter cans throughout the city. We’ve created a contest to help us select the most pertinent, entertaining and thought-provoking poetry and are now taking submissions for short poetry written by middle school and high school students throughout San José.

The contest will be juried by professional poets such as Arlene Biala and yours truly, along community members who will select several poems from all of the submissions. Those winning poems will become permanent artwork that will be affixed to several hundred new public litter cans to be installed throughout San José business districts in 2019. Also, the top 20 submissions will receive a $50 gift card.

The submission process is online and very easy, requiring very little information from students. Due to space limitations on the litter cans, we are asking students to submit up to five very short poems like haiku or tanka, for example. They can be very serious, or very, very funny, as long the poem expresses concern, accountability, responsibility or care for the environment and our growing need to put litter in its place.

All entries must be submitted by noon on November 15th, 2018. Winners will be announced by December 14th, 2018.

As you can see, our deadline is coming up quick, so we just need to get the word out to young poets, whether they live in the city or attend any middle school or high school in San Jose. Students can go to to read more and submit their poems online.


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Ongoing Poetry Events in Santa Clara County

Hello, folks!

Here are some of the current open mics and poetry events happening in 2018.

Second Sundays • San José Poetry Slam • 5:30pm
Cafe Stritch • 374 S First Street, San Jose

Second Tuesdays • Well-RED Open Mic and Features • 7pm
Works/San José Gallery • 365 S Market Street, San José

Third Thursdays • Willow Glen Library • 7pm
1157 Minnesota Ave, San José

Thursdays • Live Lit Writers Open Mic • 7pm
Caffe Frascati • 315 S First Street, San José

Fridays • MACLA Youth Slam & Workshops • 4pm–7pm
MACLA • 510 S First Street, San José

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