Bean is an introspective writer, compassionate mentor, electric entertainer, and educator. Emanuelee Bean better known as Outspoken Bean travels the world performing his original provocative works, teaching workshops and building communities with the power of words. Bean calls San Antonio, Texas home and since high school has been producing shows, ranked as a top ten poet nationally and internationally, and touring from Trinidad to Miami to Off-Broadway New York City, while coaching Texas’ top-ranked, world renown youth poetry slam team, Writers in the Schools’ Meta-Four Houston.
Bean was the first spoken-word poet to be nominated as Texas Poet Laureate in 2011. Most recently, Bean produced a multi-disciplinary poetry festival called Plus Fest (2017), which was funded in part by a grant from The Idea Fund, a re-granting program administered by a partnership of DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show and Project Row Houses and funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.