BEOTIS is a boutique agency & tour management co. that represents a leading roster of contemporary poets, writers, speakers & multidisciplinary creatives of color.
Our goal is produce amazing events & to elevate and amplify voices of color along the way. We work with artists who see their work as a platform to reshape culture and to catalyze greater social, economic, cultural, & political conversation through experiential storytelling. We work with all kinds of venues ranging from museums to universities, from ad agencies to local bookstores – any entity looking to team up with our talent for projects, performances and work across the US and internationally. Though our speakers namely book at Conferences, Museums, College & University Market and Arts Events, we're always looking to integrate critical conversation, poetry and intersectional voices within novel spaces and familiar forums alike.
The creatives on our roster have been spotlighted on major platforms such as NPR, Huffington Post, PBS, The New York Times, MTV, The Late Show, BET, Essence, NAACP Image Awards, Blavity, Poetry Foundation, Muzzle, Button Poetry and much more.
As an agency and talent management company, we bring youthful energy and organization when working with venues to book talent and produce dynamic programming, events, or content. We bridge the gap between concept and content, artist and audience, talent and tastemaker.
Live Feature Reading
Commissioned Ad Storytelling
Event & Program Producing
Gender & Sexuality
Music / Hip Hop
Media & Entertainment
Diversity & Inclusion
Power & Privilege
Politics & Social Change
Faith & Religion
Race in America
Power of Storytelling
Scroll Below To Find Out More About Our Artists!
Poet, Performer, Screenwriter, Teaching Artist, Host
DANEZ SMITH's work as a black and queer poet, transcends arbitrary boundaries to present work that grips, dismantles oppressive constructs, and strikes on the human heart. Often centered around intersections of race, class, sexuality, faith, and social justice -- Danez uses rhythm, fierce raw power, and imagery to re-imagine the world as they take it apart.
Recipient of 2017 NEA fellowship for poetry, Danez has performed on stages abroad & all over the US; recently they were a featured performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Their work has been published widely on platforms including The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, Blavity, Buzzfeed, and Ploughshares. Danez is the 2016 winner of the Kate Tufts Poetry Award, 2016 Hopwood Awardee, and winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. Smith’s 2nd full-length collection will be published by Graywolf Press in September of 2017.
Watch Danez speak: here!
Sociologist, Poet, Essayist, Visual Artist, Scholar
EVE L. EWING
Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist, poet, essayist, visual artist, and educator. Her research is focused on racism, social inequality, urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools and the lives of young people. Having received a doctorate from Harvard University, she is a Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago; in 2018, she will begin as Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. Currently, she is developing a book based on her dissertation, which explores the 2013 public school closures in Chicago and the structural history of race and racism in Chicago's Bronzeville community. Her first collection of poetry, essays, and visual art, Electric Arches, is forthcoming from Haymarket Books in fall 2017.
With over 48,000 followers on Twitter, averaging 15 million impressions monthly, Dr. Ewing is recognized as a thought leader and social influencer, especially in conversations involving academia, writing, black women, and the intersection of politics and popular culture. Her work has been published in many venues, including The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Republic, Union Station, and the Breakbeat Poets anthology. She co-directs Crescendo Literary with projects including the Emerging Poets Incubator and the Chicago Poetry Block Party. Eve is one-half of the writing collective Echo Hotel. She is the current President of the Board of Directors of MassLEAP and is based out of Chicago, IL.
Watch Eve speak: here!
Poet, TV Writer, Essayist, Music & Culture Critic
HANIF ABDURRAQIB is a poet, writer, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first book of poems, The Crown Ain't Worth Much was released to critical and commercial acclaim in 2016 by Button Poetry. Additionally, he is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow and worked for MTV News, where he wrote about the intersections of music, culture, and identity. Most recently, Hanif wrote the 2016 live shows: MTV Video Music Awards and VH1’s Unsilent Night.
Hanif's book, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, has been one of 2016s best-selling poetry books. His his debut collection of essays titled "They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill US, will publish Winter 2017 via Two Dollar Radio.He has been published in the New York Times, ESPN the Magazine, The Fader, MTV and The Nation for cultural essays.
Watch Hanif speak: here!
Poet, Playwright, Performer, Teaching Artist
HIEU MINH NGUYEN
HIEU MINH NGUYEN is an Asian-American creative based out of the Midwest. Hieu’s work often centers around the queer diaspora, creating safe(r) spaces, dissection of nostalgia, identity, family narratives, reclamation of shame, and the intersection of culture, gender, sexuality. His gripping and intimate work has been described as an astounding testament to the power and necessity of confession.
Recipient of 2017 NEA fellowship for poetry, Hieu is a Kundiman fellow and a poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine. His work has appeared in PBS Newshour, Huffington Post, the Paris-American, Buzzfeed Reader, TVOne's Verses & Flow, PANK, Indiana Review, and more. His debut collection of poetry, This Way to the Sugar (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014) was named a finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award and the MN Book Award, making Hieu the youngest person to become a finalist in the MN Book Award. His second collection of poetry, Not Here, is forthcoming with Coffee House Press in 2018!
Watch Hieu speak: here!
Essayist, Poet, Slam Coach, Community Organizer
Jacqui Germain is a published poet, freelance writer, and contributing Arts and Culture writer with ALIVE Magazine, based in St. Louis, MO. She's a 2016 Callaloo Fellow, and author of "When the Ghosts Come Ashore," published in 2016 through Button Poetry and Exploding Pinecone Press. She has performed on multiple national stages, and been featured on Huffington Post, St. Louis Public Radio, and Ploughshares Journal as part of their Activist-Poet Spotlight Series. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Muzzle Magazine, The Offing, Connotation Press, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and elsewhere, in addition to Sundress Publications' 2015 Best of the Net Anthology and "Crossing the Divide," an anthology of St. Louis poets, published in 2016 by Vagabond Books.
Her essays have been published in The New Inquiry, The Establishment, Salon, Feministing, Blavity and elsewhere. Her writing focuses on historical and contemporary iterations of black, brown and indigenous resistance, which she believes is deeply urgent work that both exists on the page and extends beyond it.
Watch Jacqui speak: here!
Graphic Designer, Influencer, Creative Director
LACI JORDAN is a multidisciplinary creative and solopreneur living in Los Angeles, CA. She currently works with Solange Knowles’ Saint Heron, CAA, My Brown Box, and previously for the Blue Sky group of Walt Disney Imagineering as a graphic designer. Laci's aesthetic is versatile, timeless, and fun (a firm mix of Kate Spade, NastyGal, and Urban Outfitters). She believes that a fresh outlook on design can put a new edge on any product or company.
With a background in criminal justice, Laci speaks about the call for diversity & representation, media & culture, career development, and her experiences as a professional, woman of color working within the world of design. She also offers full-service graphic design, branding, web design, consultations, and art direction.
Check out Laci's work: here!
Poet, Professor, Rapper, Community Organizer
NATE MARSHALL is from the South Side of Chicago. He is the author of Wild Hundreds and an editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Wild Hundreds has been honored with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s award for Poetry Book of the Year and The Great Lakes College Association’s New Writer Award. His last rap album, Grown came out in 2015 with his group Daily Lyrical Product. Nate is a member of The Dark Noise Collective. He completed his B.A. at Vanderbilt University and an M.F.A. at The University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers' Program.
Nate has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Poetry Foundation, and The University of Michigan. He is the Director of National Programs for Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival and has taught at The University of Michigan, Wabash College, and Northwestern University.
Watch Nate speak: here!
Poet, Slam Coach, Organizer, Teaching Artist
SAFIA ELHILLO’s is Sudanese by way of Washington, DC; she received a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an MFA in poetry at the New School. Safia is a Pushcart Prize nominee, co-winner of the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize, and winner of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Conversation, and Crescendo Literary and The Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Incubator. Her first full-length collection, The January Children, is forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press in 2017.
Safia’s work has been translated into Arabic and Greek. With Fatimah Asghar, she is co-editor of the anthology “Halal If You Hear Me.” Safia has shared her work on platforms including TEDxNewYork, BBC World Service, and the South African State Theater.
Watch Safia speak: here!
Poet, Workshop Leader, Professor, Moderator
KAVEH AKBAR's poems appear in The New Yorker, Poetry, APR, Ploughshares, PBS NewsHour, and elsewhere. Kaveh is founder of DiveDapper, an online platform & project devoted exclusively to featuring interviews with major voices in contemporary poetry.
Kaveh's debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, will be published by Alice James Books in September 2017; he is also the author of the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic. A recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and is a Visiting Professor of Poetry at Purdue University.
Watch Kaveh speak: here!
Poet, Workshop Leader, Playwright, Host
AZIZA BARNES is the winner of the 2015 Pamet River Prize; their first full length collection, i be but i ain’t is from YesYes Books, 2016. They are a Cave Canem Fellow, co-founder of The Conversation Literary Festival and co-host of the podcast, The Poetry Gods.
Aziza is a graduate of New York University, member of The Dance Cartel and participant in the 2016 Ojai Playwrights Conference. To be produced by Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Barnes’s playwriting debut, BLKS, marks the arrival of a truly original contemporary American voice.
Watch Aziza speak: here!