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Deborah  D.E.E.P. Mouton

Artist, Activist, and Educator


Connecting Deeper in Craft, Creativity, & Community


Deborah D.E.E.P Mouton is an award-winning writer, director, performer, critic, and the first Black Poet Laureate of Houston, TX. Praised by the NY Times as an artist who “defies categorization”, her genre-bending works span from stage to page, and everything in between. She is the author of Newsworthy (Bloomsday Literary, 2019) which was translated into German (Berichtenswert, Elif Verlag, 2020), Black Chameleon (Henry Holt, 2023), and an upcoming children's book, Hush Hush Hurricane (Kokila Books). Honored as part of Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 class, she has been a contributing writer for Glamour, Texas Monthly, Muzzle, and ESPN's Andscape, to name a few.

Her most recent choreopoem, PLUMSHUGA: The rise of Lauren Anderson, debuted at Stages Theater and made the cover of the NY Times Culture Section. Her forthcoming opera, She Who Dared, composed by Jasmine Barnes, will  debut in Spring 2025 at Chicago Opera Theater. Her memoir, Black Chameleon (Henry Holt & Co, 2023), recently won the the Carr P. Collins award for Best Nonfiction through the Texas Institute of Letters (2024). Order your copy now.


Most  recent Videos

Headache and Heartthrob Short Film (Excerpt from Black Chameleon)

Headache and Heartthrob Short Film (Excerpt from Black Chameleon)

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"The Headache and the Heartthrob" A Black Chameleon Short Film

"Mother Emmanuel" 

The Making of PLUMSHUGA: The Rise of Lauren Anderson

Myth-Making in America- TEDX Houston Women


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