Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is an internationally known writer, educator, activist, performer, and the first Black Poet Laureate of Houston, Texas. Formerly ranked the #2 Best Female Performance Poet in the World (PSI), Her work has appeared in Houston Noir by Akashic Press (2019), Black Girl Magic by Haymarket Books (2019), the Texas Observer, and Fjords Journal, and on such platforms as NPR, BBC, ABC, Apple News, Blavity, Upworthy, and across the TedX circuit. Honored by Houston Business Journal as a part of their 2021 40 Under 40 class, She has served as a contributing writer to Texas Monthly, Glamour Magazine, and ESPN’s The Undefeated.

Heralded as a “Literary Genius” by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee in 2019, D.E.E.P.’s most recent poetry collection, Newsworthy, garnered her a Pushcart nomination and was named a finalist for the 2019 Writer’s League of Texas Book Award and an honorable mention for the Summerlee Book Prize. A German translation, under the title “Berichtenswert,” was released in the summer of 2021 by Elif Verlag. Currently, she is a Resident Artist at the American Lyric Theater and Rice University.

Calendar

Event Date
May 11
to
May 17
The Forest of Secrets
Librettist
American Lyric Theatre
Brooklyn, NY
Event Date
Jun 19
Poem Performance
Performer
Houston Grand Opera and Conservatory Park Collaboration
Houston, TX

Artist Bio

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is an internationally known writer, educator, activist, performer, and the first Black Poet Laureate of Houston, Texas. Formerly ranked the #2 Best Female Performance Poet in the World (PSI), Her work has appeared in Houston Noir by Akashic Press (2019), Black Girl Magic by Haymarket Books (2019), the Texas Observer, and Fjords Journal, and on such platforms as NPR, BBC, ABC, Apple News, Blavity, Upworthy, and across the TedX circuit. Honored by Houston Business Journal as a part of their 2021 40 Under 40 class, She has served as a contributing writer to Texas Monthly, Glamour Magazine, and ESPN’s The Undefeated.

Heralded as a “Literary Genius” by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee in 2019, D.E.E.P.’s most recent poetry collection, Newsworthy, garnered her a Pushcart nomination and was named a finalist for the 2019 Writer’s League of Texas Book Award and an honorable mention for the Summerlee Book Prize. A German translation, under the title “Berichtenswert,” was released in the summer of 2021 by Elif Verlag. Currently, she is a Resident Artist at the American Lyric Theater and Rice University.

A fellow with The Writer’s Hotel and The Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Incubator, D.E.E.P.’s collaborations with The Houston Ballet, The Houston Rockets, and the Houston Grand Opera have opened new doors for performance poetry. The opera, Marian’s Song, for which she wrote the libretto, debuted in 2020 to roaring reviews.

As a finalist for Texas State Poet Laureate, a Kennedy Center Citizen fellowship, and the prestigious Breadloaf Retreat, her work has been highlighted and studied in Canada, England, New Zealand, and Germany. She had the pleasure of performing and leading a workshop at the Leipzig in Autumn literary festival in 2018, where she bridged the gap between the poetry slam and international publishing communities. She recently performed as a part of the Kennedy Center’s Arts Across America and was named a two-time Houston Artist Commissioning Project award winner by the Society for the Performing Arts Houston.

Her most recent stage play, The World’s Intermission, debuted at Jones Hall in Houston, TX in Fall 2021. Her second book, Black Chameleon is set to release in 2023 by Henry Holt & Co. A storybook opera, entitled Lula, the Mighty Warrior which reinterprets one of the stories from Black Chameleon is set to debut in Spring 2022 with the Houston Grand Opera.

D.E.E.P. holds two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor, in English and African American Studies respectively. She also holds a M.Ed from the University of St. Thomas. She is a certified teacher with the State of Texas and has dedicated over 16 years towards the education of young minds, the expansion of literacy, and the dismantling of literary racism.

Her love for community transcends the classroom and the stage making her a mentor to many and a notable force to be felt. She now resides in Houston with her loving husband and two energetic children.

Video

Myth-making in America – TEDxHoustonWomen

Hold The Light – Houston Artist Commissioning Project

Ave Maria – Marian’s Song

Press

"The libretto, by Houston Poet Laureate Emeritus Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, is clear-eyed and quietly confrontational." – Houston Chronicle

Marian's Song – "Among its loftier artistic achievements, “Marian’s Song” packed a lot of history, and a lot of subtext, into a similar running time as the average Netflix drama. The libretto, by Houston Poet Laureate Emeritus Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, is clear-eyed and quietly confrontational."

"Deborah is a phenomenal poet and spoken-word artist…" – Arts and Culture Texas

Marian's Song – "Deborah is a phenomenal poet and spoken-word artist… It has never been done this way, the way Deborah has done it, which is very ingenious… Having the spoken word take place while there’s singing going on is a very delicate, intricate thing to do.”