Beau Sia is a Tony Award winning poet and world-renowned performer, featured on all 6 seasons of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and the winner of two National Poetry Slam championships. He is the author of the poetry books A Night Without Armor II: The Revenge and The Undisputed Greatest Writer Of All Time. As an educator, he has been mentoring youth for organizations such as Youthspeaks, Urban Word, and GetLit. Beau currently lives in Los Angeles, where he is working on his first solo play.
Bay Area native George Watsky began his unconventional career as a teen poetry slam competitor, sidewinding between self-deprecating humor, confessional storytelling and tongue-twisting lyrics delivered at high velocity. After five consecutive appearances in the San Francisco Youth Poetry Slam finals, he won the competition in 2006, and his Bay Area team went on to win the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam, culminating with finals at New York’s Apollo Theater. The following year Watsky was featured on the last season of Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam on HBO, and George spent the next five years performing spoken word at hundreds of colleges across the country. A 2011 video of Watsky rapping at light-speed earned him millions of YouTube hits and an invitation to perform on the Ellen show, and his lifelong passion for music took center stage. Watsky had independently produced a self-titled album in 2009, but both his 2013 album Cardboard Castles and his recent 2014 offering All You Can Do reached #1 on the iTunes hip hop charts, with the former peaking at #6 overall and the latter reaching #5. Watsky, performing with his live band Creme Fraiche, puts on a dynamic live performance that has earned him festival slots at San Francisco’s Outside Lands, Bumbershoot in Seattle, Rock the Bells, the Wireless Festival in London, and the 2014 Van’s Warped Tour, among many other stops in a young career that has already tallied nearly a thousand shows. Watsky also competed in the adult National Poetry Slam representing Providence, RI and the College Unions Poetry Slam representing Emerson College, both in 2009 and continues to incorporate spoken word poetry into his music.