Word Around Town (W.A.T.) Poetry Tour 2013

Poet Outspoken Bean is among the featured performers at this year's Word Around Town (W.A.T.) Poetry Tour 2013. As an invited featured artist, Bean was able to bypass the tour's rigorous draft process. ''There were more than 150 poets at the draft this year,'' Bean tells us. ''It was ridiculous; it was a fire hazard.'' Nine poets were eventually selected to participate in the daily readings. ''I was really glad that I wasn't in the draft and that my spot as a featured poet was secure,'' Bean laughs. ''It was crazy competition.''

Bean's set to read several new works, including poems dedicated to his students and to shooting victim Trayvon Martin, as well as past audience favorites and group poems with the VIP Slam Team.

While all the participating poets are performance poets, there are some differences in style and subject matter. ''The difference is in the individual,'' Bean says. ''No two poets perform exactly alike, and while there may be some onstage similarities among performers, those are superficial. Experienced poets don't sound like anyone else but themselves. There are some people who are very energetic — I'm in that group — others are more reserved, some are funny, others more hard-hitting.''

The tour starts at 8 p.m. on Sunday at Bohemeo's, 708 Telephone Road. Performances continue at various locations through August 10. For information, call 832-894-1558 or visit wordaroundtown.org. Free.
Aug. 4-10, 2013

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