Emanuelee "Outspoken" Bean
Outspoken Bean has been called a "Brilliant writer" (Robert Wilson), and a "phenomenal" (Ewan McGregor) "dynamic performer" (The Short Horn) whose "words hit with the sustained force of a young James Earl Jones" (Artnet Magazine). As a writer, performer, TEDx speaker, and emerging playwright, Bean has traveled the world performing his original works and inspiring young people to give voice to their own creativity. Ranked 9th in the 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam, Bean has worked with the Harris County Department of Education, Writers in the Schools, and Houston Grand Opera, among others. He’s the lead coach for the teen slam team Meta-Four Houston. Bean is a performance and slam poet who does original work. He also has a one-man show, "Converse," which is an interactive theatrical story-telling based on Bean, a heartbroken, outspoken, comedic, military brat. The dramatic and provocative show lures the audience into joining a long overdue conversation about mistakes, redemption, and the power of words.
Houston, TX 77009
public performance/concert $700 - $1000
school performance $500 - $1000
optional service performance of $700 - $1500
State Artist Rosemary Catacalos
Rosemary Catacalos, 2013 Texas State Poet Laureate, was accidentally born in Florida during WWII of parents from San Antonio. She returned to San Antonio when she was three. Her poems are widely published in high school and college textbooks, among other venues. Her work has twice been collected in the annual Best American Poetry anthology and has earned fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Stegner Fellowship Program at Stanford University, and the Paisano Fellowship of the Texas Institute of Letters/University of Texas at Austin. One of her poems is included in Caroline Kennedy’s anthology, She Walks In Beauty, A Woman’s Journey Through Poems. Ms. Catacalos’ first full-length collection, Again for the First Time received the 1985 Texas Institute of Letters poetry prize. Again for the First Time was reissued in 2013 on its thirtieth anniversary. Also published in 2013 was a chapbook of newer poems, Begin Here, also from Wings Press.
1018 Avant Ave
San Antonio, TX 78210
public performance/concert $700 - $3000
school performance $300 - $700
optional service workshop fees negotiable $ - $
Sarah Cortez, a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, has had hundreds of poems, essays, and short stories published and anthologized. Winner of the PEN Texas Literary Award in poetry, her debut poetry collection is entitled "How to Undress a Cop." An award-winning editor of six anthologies, her most recent is "Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence." Texas Review Press recently published her memoir, "Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston," and her second poetry collection, "Cold Blue Steel." She lives, works, and runs a thriving freelance editing business in Houston, Texas, where she is Houston's most popular writing teacher. Programs include Aliens, Beasts, Creatures: The ABCs of Writing Imaginary Critters- specific exercises make it quick and fun to create imaginary critters (ages 10 to adult). With Let's Find A Poem, participants enjoy a stroll while creating a found poem (ages 8 to 15). The Power and Pizazz of Personal Story leads participants in writing special stories from their own lives (teens-adults). How To Begin Writing My Memoir teaches the basics of memoir writing to keep you focused (teens-adults.) Sarah also gives poetry readings for teens-adults.
2505 Driscoll Street
Houston, TX 77019-0676
public performance/concert $380 - $1275
school performance $380 - $1275
optional service half-day workshop $730 - $1525
optional service full-day workshop $940 - $1735
State Artist Laurie Ann Guerrero
Laurie Ann Guerrero, 2016 Texas State Poet Laureate, was born and raised in the Southside of San Antonio. She holds a B.A. in English Language & Literature from Smith College, where she received the Academy of American Poets Prize, and an MFA in poetry from Drew University. Her first full-length collection, A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying, received the 2012 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize and an International Latino Book Award, and was listed as one of 14 must-read works of Chicano literature by Rigoberto Gonzalez. Guerrero’s work has also been honored with the Panhandler Chapbook Award, and grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation. In 2014, Guerrero and was appointed poet laureate of San Antonio by Mayor Julian Castro. Her latest collection, A Crown for Gumecindo, was released by Aztlan Libre Press in spring 2015.
State Artist Karla Morton
Karla K. Morton, 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, is an award-winning author and a celebrated poet and presenter. She has been described as “one of the more adventurous voices in American poetry,” but don’t let the title “poet” fool you– Karla is an outgoing, warm and energetic ball of fire that loves to promote poetry and the arts. She has spoken, offered workshops, and performed her poetry at venues and events across Texas. From small town classrooms to cancer support groups to large corporate conferences, Karla is comfortable in any crowd. Her poetry spans many subjects and forms and evokes laughter, tears, and inspiration. Karla is the author of Wee Cowrin' Timorous Beastie (a North Texas Book Festival Awards Finalist), Becoming Superman, Stirring Goldfish, Redefining Beauty (a 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award Winner written during her journey through cancer), and 6 additional books. She has been featured on Good Morning Texas, NPR, ABC News and in newspapers across Texas. A Texas native and mother of two, Karla is a graduate of Texas A&M University and currently resides in Denton, Texas. Karla also offers presentations on her photography.
236 River Bend Trail
Combine, TX 75159
phone 972/330-2882 or 817-236-6075
public performance/concert $400 - $1200
school performance $400 - $600
optional service workshops $400 - $1200
State Artist David M. Parsons
David M. Parsons, 2011 Texas State Poet Laureate, poems are straightforward, vivid writing bringing settings alive, shaping intimate portrayals of everyday life. His poetry speaks from the past and the present, balancing ordinary and extraordinary experiences. Audiences and readers will find in his most celebrated work: award-winning poems found in as diverse locales as a romantic, historic house in England to another favorite about the poet running into President Lyndon Johnson in an iconic Austin restaurant. His latest works are also included with new revelations that will bring what has become a Parsons Poem trademark, the rewarding discovery of a transforming moment. Award-winning poetry critic Ange Mlinko writes of Parsons and his work, “It is deeply informed by English and American literature. There is no artificial barrier between art and life, love and intellect. The Renaissance man was once a courtly ideal; Parsons shows that it is a democratic ideal too—warm-blooded, muscular, as companionable on the page as in the flesh.” Both tangible and cerebral, Parsons’s poetry lifts its readers into a new, transformational reality with a depth of insight that is truly exceptional. Institute of Letters in 2009. Though his performances are appropriate for any venue, he is particularly interested in providing programs for high school teachers on how to conduct successful Creative Writing Workshops and Poetry Workshops for students and veterans.
414 Oakhill Dr.
Conroe, TX 77304
public performance/concert $500 - $1000
school performance $300 - $500
optional service workshops (one to two hours) $300 - $500
State Artist Jan Seale
Jan Epton Seale, 2012 Texas Poet Laureate, is a native Texan. She is familiar with much of Texas, having lived in north and central Texas as a youth, with summers spent in the Panhandle, and living in South Texas all of her adult life. Seale received her education at Baylor University, the University of Louisville, and the University of North Texas. She has taught English and creative writing at three Texas universities. Her life’s work includes eight books of poetry, two of short fiction, three of nonfiction, and several children’s books and dramas. Apparent in her writing is her interest in the people and places of Texas, as well as those of the Southwest and the wider world. Her short stories have been described as a “capable evocation of peculiar personalities” with a “sense of nostalgia and richly drawn places”…“all ending in epiphany.” Her poems are said to be “both beautifully witty and serious.” Seale is at home with many types of audiences. She particularly enjoys college groups, civic and writers’ organizations, nature lovers, elder learners, women, and church lay-groups. Comfortable on stage or in small gatherings, with sensitivity to and rapport with her audiences, her presentations are noted for their humor and accessibility. Seale is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, the Texas Folklore Society, the Poetry Society of Texas, the Story Circle Network, and the Texas Writers’ League.
400 Sycamore Ave.
McAllen, TX 78501
public performance/concert $300 - $500
school performance $100 - $200
optional service daylong workshops: negotiable $ - $
Ire'ne Lara Silva
Ire'ne Lara Silva is the author of furia (poetry, Mouthfeel Press, 2010) which received an Honorable Mention for the 2011 International Latino Book Award and flesh to bone (short stories, Aunt Lute Books, 2013) which won the 2013 Premio Aztlan. Her most recent collection of poetry is Blood Sugar Canto (Saddle Road Press, January 2016). ire’ne is the recipient of the 2014 Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, the Fiction Finalist for AROHO’s 2013 Gift of Freedom Award, and the 2008 recipient of the Gloria Anzaldua Milagro Award, as well as a Macondo Workshop member and CantoMundo Inaugural Fellow. ire’ne will be reading from her work, including her three published books, furia, flesh to bone, and Blood Sugar Canto, and using those texts to engage audiences in far-ranging discussions about family, trauma, grief, violence, our bodies, the Texas-Mexico border and its folklore, diabetes and illness, indigenous/Latino culture and history, the importance of artistic expression, and healing of all kinds—physical, emotional, and communal. Groups of diverse ages and backgrounds have responded emotionally and enthusiastically.
Ire'ne Lara Silva
2502 E. Oltorf St. #1527
Austin, TX 78741
public performance/concert $250 - $2000
school performance $250 - $2000
optional service manuscript consultations/per individual $50 - $600
State Artist Carmen Tafolla
Dr. Carmen Tafolla, 2015 Texas State Poet Laureate, is known internationally for her moving inspirational performances and heart-felt poetry readings. A poet, children’s writer, performance artist, storyteller, motivational speaker, and Associate Professor at UTSA, Tafolla was chosen in 2012 as the first Poet Laureate of the City of San Antonio. Her mission as State Poet Laureate is to plant seeds of poetry all over Texas through her “Poet Trees” initiative, sponsored by UTSA, in which twenty public schools with predominantly low-income student populations will be chosen to receive books and workshops free of charge between August 2015 and April 2016. Dr.Tafolla also conducts dramatic performances, keynotes, readings and workshops in English and Spanish to all age groups. The author of more than 20 books, her work appears internationally in five languages, in journals, magazines, newspapers, college textbooks, and elementary school readers, and she has won numerous awards including the Américas Award, the Charlotte Zolotow, the Art of Peace, two Tomas Rivera Book Awards, and five International Latino Book Awards.