Open Mic Night – Presented by BSU

The BSU is hosting an open mic night on Friday, October 25th. The “open” portion of the night begins at 6:30PM and runs until 8:00PM. Come sing, dance, or read to a supportive and energetic crowd. Find the festivities in SU104D – SU104E on GCC’s Main Campus.




Witness Writing Workshop Tomorrow!

As Loverboy proudly declared in 1981, “Everybody’s working for the weekend.” Well, with Friday here, the weekend has arrived, so you can officially stop working. It’s true. Stop, right now.


Now, as all of you get to planning your sleep cycles and recreational activities and Netflix binging, leave room for tomorrow’s free creative writing workshop here at GCC.

Enjoy the weekend, and see you tomorrow!

New Venue for Open Mic in Glendale!


14075 N. 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85306

Information about the Steam-Shop:

We are Happy to bring FREE OST Programs and STEAM Events to The City of Glendale, AZ. STE[+a]M is Science Technology Engineering Art and Math in an inclusive K-12 Tech-Heavy Environment. Please share the experience with us as we showcase our FREE OST (out-of-school-time) programs with Music and Poetry SLAM sessions most Friday Nights. Alternate Wednesdays are reserved for Women in Science. We have a lot to offer kids, Young Adults and Parents who want and need a STEAM Education setting.

We offer a full multimedia Stage, computer center, Makerspace, Robotics and Workplace development with the help of local area Professionals. AZ-Steam-Shop and MakerSpace

Contact Martin Wesolowski for more information:
623 240-2206

A Pair of April Readings!

Social Justice Poetry Event & Open Mic

The week of April 17th through the 23rd brings with it wonderful opportunities to share your writing and listen to the fantastic work of your peers at GCC and across the district. First, on April 20th, GCC will host the final open mic of the Spring semester. The even will begin at 7PM outside the east entrance of GCC Main’s Student Union. This is a special open mic for it brings together multiple organizations on campus in order to focus on Social Justice. See the flyer below for more information.

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Emerging Writers 2016

The second reading is hosted by our friends at Scottsdale Community College on Thursday, April 21st. This, too, is a special reading. Each college across the district will have two representatives, nominated by faculty, who will read their work. This year, GCC’s own Jamie Heath and Taylor Robinson will regale the audience with their work. The reading is open to the public at Scottsdale Community College, Two Waters Circle, at 7PM. Come, support your fellow Gauchos, and listen to a wonderful night of readings.

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Open Mic Event! — Two days away!

Before some of you head off into what’s sure to be a luxurious Spring Break, mark your calendars for the next open mic event at GCC.

  • When: Wednesday, March 23rd at 7:00PM
  • Where: GCC Main – Student Union, Room 104E
  • Why: It provides your daily dose of vitamin C.

The event is free, open to the public, but not recommended for children. So, bring what you’ve been working on and regale everyone with your talent. Hosted by Shawnte Orion, the open mic portion of the evening will begin at 7PM, and the night will conclude with a reading from featured guest, Joel Salcido.

Born a Los Angeles cockroach and smuggled to the Westside of Phoenix, Joel Salcido translates the poetry of the barrio pigeons into surrealist prophecies. He is blessed with a beautiful wife and two sons as well as a cadre of talentedly mad brothers, friends, coconspirators and fellow hood radicals. He writes poetry and prose and is working towards a mastery of arts while building a boat out of editor’s rejection letters to float back to the moon. Joel is an MFA candidate in poetry at Arizona State University.

Next Free Association Reading: Bilingual Edition!


Our next Free Association Open Mic will be Wednesday, Feb. 17 beginning at 7PM in the Student Union room 104E.

This evening’s reading will be a special bilingual English/Spanish edition.

Participants are invited to reading in Spanish or in English (or both!).

Todos son invitados participar en Espanol o Ingles o los dos!

Members of the Cardboard House Press will host the bilingual evening along with Shawnte Orion.

Please share this information with your students!

All are welcome in the community, but the event is not recommended for children.

Please contact Kimberly Mathes at with any questions.

Tonight! 7 p.m. Celebrate Poetry at GCC

Annual Glendale Community College White Elephant Poetry Exchange

 TONIGHT!!!   Celebrate Poetry!!!

When: Weds., Dec. 9th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: GCC, Main Campus, Room MA 142

Hosted by Shawnte Orion

What: Come prepared to read some of your favorite poems. Bring a used book of poetry to exchange, or come without a book and just recite your favorite poem from memory.

Note: This event is not an open mic. The next open mic at GCC will be January 20, 2016.

They Came, They Slammed, They Conquered

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MC Charles Threat beginning the night

On Wednesday, November 18th, Glendale Community College held its annual prose and poetry slam. Thirty writers and performers braved post rush hour traffic, a slight nip in the air, and the temptations brought on by baked goods and complimentary bottles of water. In doing so, these writers and performers put on an impressive display of the creative work being done at GCC and in the West Valley as a whole.  From parody songs about Donald Trump’s political candidacy to poems that eulogized lost friends and love ones, the night was filled with laughter, chills, and an appreciation for language.

By the end of the night, three winners were crowned:

  • First Prize: Jimmie Gathings
  • Second Prize: Jamie Heath
  • Third Prize: Tristan Marshall

Congratulations to Jimmie, Jamie, and Tristan.

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Charles congratulating Jimmie Gathings

Heartfelt thank yous go out to all of our readers, audience members, judges, our Master of Ceremonies: Charles Threat, Midnight Metaphors, and all faculty and students who helped organize and make the slam the wonderful night it was.

As the Fall semester comes to a close, do not forget to come to our annual White Elephant Exchange on Wednesday, December 9th from 7 to 9PM. We will be holding it on GCC Main in MA142. Come celebrate the holiday season and the end of another great semester with your fellow writers.

This Wednesday: Slam at GCC!!

November 18th at 7PM. In GCC Main’s SU 104E

November is the month for GCC’s annual Poetry and Prose Slam.  The prize is Cold Hard Cash! This year, the slam will take place on GCC’s main campus in SU 104E. It begins at 7:00 p.m on November 18th.

Things to Know:

  • Registration forms must be submitted by the day and time of the event
  • Registration forms can be found at the English Department lobby in the 05 building on GCC Main, in 05-122, or via email at
  • Enter short stories, poetry, drama, essay, song lyrics, non-fiction, or other types of creative writing
  • Arrive five to ten minutes early to sign up to read
  • Three minute time limit to read/perform each piece
  • Contestants may read/perform up to three pieces (once per round)
  • Each piece will be judged on the quality of writing/performance
  • There will be prizes for first, second, and third place
  • All decisions of the judges are judicious, righteous, and final

Questions?  Please email