Join Bloomsday Literary as they launch Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton’s debut poetry collection, Newsworthy. Mouton, an internationally-recognized performance poet, is the first African-American Poet Laureate of Houston. She was Poet Laureate during Hurricane Harvey, and was recognized as the poet who helped heal Houston.
Newsworthy is a reimagining of a newspaper, resurrecting those who might otherwise be forgotten. Dr. Robin Davidson, former Houston Poet Laureate calls the collection “brilliant and deeply moving...a testament of Mouton’s wit and her commitment to defying what’s been hidden.” Newsworthy wrestles with living in a culture infected by white supremacy where current media is distrusted, cursory, and impossible to escape. And yet we crave a thoughtfulness—apart from soundbites and viral videos—that reawakens our shared humanity, reminding us that under headlines beat all of our “pierced hearts.”
Born in Riverside, California, Mouton is a founding member and executive director of VIP Arts, a non-profit dedicated to promoting literacy and the arts in underserved populations. She has partnered with the Houston Public Library to create open mics and slams, and collaborated with the Rockets and the Houston Ballet. Her work has been featured on NPR, the BBC, and the TEDx circuit. An opera about the life of Marian Anderson, for which she wrote the libretto, premieres at the Houston Grand Opera in the spring of 2020.
April is National Poetry month, and Deborah D.E.E.P Mouton’s collection reminds us that poetry, like “holding hands under the table,” gives us secret strength, an invocation of the “way we love.”
Newsworthy will be the second title for Bloomsday, an independent press out of Houston Texas. Founders Kate Martin Williams and Jessica Cole met as graduate student fiction writers at the University of Tennessee. Besides the founders, the team consists of Phuc Luu (Chief Creative) and Paula Luu (Photographer). [Organizer's description]