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UHD Poetry Performance With Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton October 20


By Sheryl E. Taylor

Deborah D.E.E.P.  Mouton

The Department of English and the Cultural Enrichment Center in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences is hosting a poetry performance with Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton 2:30 – 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20.

Mouton is internationally known writer, librettist, educator, activist, performer and Houston’s first African-American Poet Laureate. Formerly ranked the #2 Best Female Performance Poet in the world, her poetry collection “Newsworthy” (Bloomsday Literary) garnered a Pushcart nomination, named a finalist for the 2019 Writer’s League of Texas Book Award and honorable mention for the Summerlee Book Prize. This summer, a German translation was released under the title “Berichtenswert” (Elif Verlag).

Currently, Mouton is the 2021-2022 artist-in-residence at Rice University’s Center for Engaged Research & Collaborative Learning and resident artist for American Lyric Theater. Owner of Deep Ink LLC, her anticipated works include a community writing workshop centered on personal mythology (modelled after her forthcoming book Black Chameleon), an art-based project that interprets local mythologies into visual art, and a community exhibit highlighting community and professional artists. Named to Houston Business Journal’s “2021 40 Under 40 Class.”

“Deborah is gaining national and international recognition for her work, both for her extraordinary presence as a writer and performer, and for her deep embrace of community and her advocacy for people of color,” said Dr. Jane Creighton, Professor of English and Director of the Cultural Enrichment Center. “She has performed at UHD numerous times, and we were very proud to host the launch of her book, Newsworthy. A former Houston Poet Laureate, she has been a leading light in her adopted city for bringing poetry to its people. “

This free event will be presented in-person (Welcome Center Milam/Travis Rooms) and via Livestream. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact creightonj@uhd.edu. To attend virtually, register here.


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second-largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 60,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.