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Deborah  D.E.E.P. Mouton

Poet, Activist, and Educator


Connecting Deeper in Craft, Creativity, & Community


Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is an internationally-known writer, librettist, educator, activist, performer, and Poet Laureate Emeritus of Houston, Texas.

Formerly ranked the #2 Best Female Performance Poet in the World, Her 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 Summer 2021 by Elif Verlag.

Her most recent choreopoem, PLUMSHUGA: The rise of Lauren Anderson, debuted at Stages Houston Oct 13 and was recently mentioned in the New York Times Fall preview. And a forthcoming opera, She Who Dared, composed by Jasmine Barnes will be workshopped by the American Lyric theater in May 2023. Her memoir, Black Chameleon (Henry Holt & Co, 2023),  explores the use of modern mythology as a path to social commentary. Preorders are available now.


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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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