Location: St. Paul's UMC, Fondren Hall in the Jones Building
Cost: Free and open to the public
Iconoclast Sessions is a poetry night that brings the community together to hear amazing Houston poets. The featured poets for tonight's event are Marlon "Marley" Lizama and Outspoken Bean. DJ Ill Set will also be in the house.
Marlon "Marley" Lizama is a poet, author, artist, and dancer who focuses on the cultural aspect of writing and the arts. Currently, he serves as the Program Director of Iconoclast Artists, a creative writing program for youth in underserved schools and juvenile detention centers in Houston. He was the 2016 recipient of the John P. McGovern award for his work in the community with the arts. Lizama published his first book, Cue the Writer: Cheers to the Notion of Love, Hate, God, and Revolution, which is a collection of short stories and poetry from a young immigrant's perspective. He has also published two anthologies of student poetry with Iconoclast. Through competitions, performances, poetry shows, and the U.S. Department of State, Lizama has traveled to more than 40 countries. His work and ultimate mission is to use the arts as a tool to reach out and change perspective, environment, and lives.
Emanuelee Bean ("Outspoken Bean") is an introspective writer, compassionate mentor, electric entertainer, and educator. Bean travels the world performing his original provocative works, teaching workshops, and building communities with the power of words. Bean calls San Antonio home, and since high school has been producing shows. He has been ranked as a top-ten poet nationally and internationally, and has toured from Trinidad to Miami to Off-Broadway New York City, all while coaching Texas’ world-renowned 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.