Erica Goss - Los Gatos Poet Laureate Emerita
Co-founder / Poetry Instructor
As an instructor with California Poets in the Schools, Erica has taught poetry-based curriculum at high schools throughout the South Bay Area. As laureate, she established the Los Gatos Poet Laureate Youth Scholarship for Creative Writing. She received her MFA in Poetry and Nonfiction from San Jose State in 2007. She is the author of Wild Place (Finishing Line Press 2012) and Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets (PushPen Press 2014). She writes The Third Form, a column about media poetry, for Connotation Press.
David Perez - Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Emeritus
Co-founder / Spoken Word and Videography Instructor
David has ten years of experience as a youth arts educator. He teaches workshops that help teens combine videography and poetry at The School of Arts and Culture and through the youth arts organization Future Arts Now. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Goddard College. He is a recipient of the Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowship for Literary Art; a repeat guest on the NPR storytelling series, Snap Judgment; and author of the poetry collection, "Love in a Time of Robot Apocalypse" from Write Bloody Publishing. In 2012, he was voted "Best Author in the Bay" by the SF Bay Guardian.
Jennifer Swanton Brown - Cupertino Poet Laureate Emerita
Co-founder / Poetry Instructor
Jennifer has been a poet/teacher with California Poets in the Schools since 2001 and joined their Board of Directors in March 2013. She completed her Master of Liberal Arts at Stanford University in 2012, with a thesis on Evan Boland's domestic poetry. Her poems have been published in multiple local journals, including Caesura and The DMQ Review.
Motion Graphics and Special Effects Instructor
Jennifer has seven years of experience as a youth arts educator, teaching video editing, special effects and poetry. She has given workshops in the South Bay Area at the German International School of Silicon Valley, KIPP Heartwood Middle School, Fischer Middle School, and Carolyn Clarke Elementary. She has also led workshops at UC Santa Cruz and Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Digital Media Production from UC Santa Cruz. She is a winner of the Los Angeles Viscera Film Festival (2009). Her work has appeared in film festivals in Vancouver, Havana, Tucson and Savannah.
"Mighty" Mike McGee
Spoken Word Instructor
Mike has been leading youth performance poetry workshops for over a decade. As one of the world's most well-known spoken word artists, he has taught at schools and arts organizations throughout the United States and Canada. In the South Bay area, he has led youth spoken word workshops at Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, Fremont High School, and The German International School of Silicon Valley. Mike has appeared on HBO's Def Poetry Jam and on NPR's storytelling series, Snap Judgment. He is the only performance poet to win both the National Poetry Slam Individual competition and the Individual World Poetry Slam competition. He is the author of the poetry collection, "In Search of Midnight" from Write Bloody Publishing.
Elaine is a Los Angeles-based educator and librarian. For three years, she wrote, performed and organized poetry slams as a part of Kinetic Poetics Project at UC Santa Cruz. She has facilitated poetry workshops around the Bay Area and tutored writing students at 826 LA. She currently teaches students about the research process and online life at Harvard-Westlake’s middle school.