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2017 Mayors Office of Cultural Affairs Artist in Resident and 2016 Andy Warhol
Foundation for the Visual Arts and The Idea Fund recipient, Emanuelee Outspoken
Bean is a performance poet, writer, compassionate mentor, electric entertainer, and
Bean uses poetry to collaborate with other mediums and institutions such as
being the first poet to perform on a main stage production of Houston Ballet’s PLAY.
Also, creating his own festival, Plus Fest, the EVERYTHING plus POETRY Festival.
That work ethic has taken him to perform in Trinidad to Miami to South Dakota to
Off-Broadway, over 35 states, 200 universities, annually performing in front of
thousands of people, and across the vast Houston Metropolitan where he inspires
people from all walks of life. Also, Bean was commissioned to write and perform a
national campaign on diversity for Pabst Blue Ribbon and VICE.
He was the 2011 Texas Poet Laureate nominee, ranked 9th in the Individual
World Poetry Slam 2013, ranked 2nd in collaborative poetry at Group Piece Finals
2013, and ranked 9th at National Poetry Slam 2014. He started performing spoken-word.
in 2005. In his senior year at Prairie View A&M, Bean founded and coached
the University’s first poetry slam team. In their first year, they won the title in their
region and grabbed the 8th place ranking in the country at College Union Poetry
Slam Invitational (CUPSI ’08).
Bean has also worked with many youth organization from across the country
such as, Inside Out in Detroit, Youth Speaks in San Francisco, and coach Tiger-Tail
Production’s 2016 youth slam, WordSpeak in Miami. While balancing a very busy
touring schedule, in Houston Bean serves as the Project Coordinator, Lead Coach,
and mentor for Meta-Four Houston, a project of Writers in the Schools (WITS) that
works with professional performance/slam poets and encourages self
expression and literacy among Houston’s youth through creative writing and