Houston Poet Laureate &
Poet Laureate Fellow,
Poet, writer, producer of experiences.
Houston Poet Laureate,
About Outspoken Bean
Outspoken Bean is Houston's 2021-2023 Poet Laureate. The New Jersey born, San Antonio raised, H-Town based military brat was introduced to the arts and world cultures at a very young age and has not let go of it. "An energetic pioneer for poetry, in all its different sizes and shapes, Bean is dedicated to making sure that poets get heard," Emily Hinds of Arts and Culture Magazine wrote of Bean. Bean uses poetry to engage different mediums and institutions to create new and engaging art, such as being the first poet to perform on Houston Ballet's main stage with their production "Play." He has also been commissioned to write and perform a national campaign on diversity for Pabst Blue Ribbon and VICE while creating/producing his own festival Plus Fest: the EVERYTHING plus POETRY Festival. In 2008, Bean helped develop Texas' largest youth poetry slam organization and slam team, Meta-Four Houston, with Shannon Buggs and DiverseWorks. In which he stills coaches and uses it as a vehicle today to mentor Houston's youth. He started performing spoken-word in 2005. Outspoken Bean is a true renaissance man and culture bearer through poetry, Bean willingly seeks, finds, collaborates, and creates new ways for people to experience poetry through multiple mediums.
"An energetic pioneer for poetry, in all its different sizes and shapes, Bean is dedicated to making sure that poets get heard"
- Emily Hinds, Arts and Culture Magazine
Houston Poet Laureate
Color outside the lines
A book about hope and color(ing).
No, You're Projecting
A weekday interview series.
Five Minute Poetry
I will write a unique piece, catered to you with only three words of your choosing in five minutes or less.