UHD Poetry Performance With Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton October 20
By Sheryl E. Taylor
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.
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and 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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.
U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.