Deborah DEEP Mouton & Lupe Mendez

Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 6:00pm
2421 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005

Newsworthy wrestles with living in a culture infected by white supremacy where current media is distrusted, cursory, and impossible to escape. And yet, we yearn to know. We crave a thoughtfulness—apart from soundbites and viral videos—that plumbs deeper, one that reawakens our shared humanity, reminding us that under headlines beat all of our “pierced hearts.” A leading light in the new poetic guard, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton’s collection is a reimagining of the newspaper, collecting cutouts from the editing floor to resurrect those who would otherwise be forgotten alongside scenes from an “ordinary” family: mother, father, brother (Josh), and sister (Amandla), whose near and lived tragedies unfold against the backdrop of murdered black Americans. Amandla serves as a surrogate for all of us, regardless of skin color, morphing from naive bystander to headline, and uncovering what we should have seen all along: to be human in the world is to rectify its injustices. With Newsworthy, Mouton brings us dispatches from the heart. 

WHY I AM LIKE TEQUILA (Willow Books, 2019) is a collection of poetry spanning a decade of writing and performance. This collection exists in 4 parts - each a layered perspective, a look through a Mexican/ Mexican - American voice living in the Texas Gulf Coast. Set within spaces such as Galveston Island, Houston, the Rio Grande Valley and Jalisco, Mexico, these poems peel away at all parts, like the maguey, drawing to craft spirits, quenching a thirst between land and sea.

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is an internationally-recognized performance poet and the first African-American Poet Laureate of Houston. Formerly ranked #2 Female Performance Poet in the World, she is executive director of VIP Arts, a non-profit dedicated to promoting literacy and the arts in underserved populations. Her genre-bending poetry has engendered unconventional collaborations with groups as disparate as the Rockets and the Houston Ballet. Her work has been featured on NPR, the BBC, and the TEDx circuit. An opera for which she wrote the libretto premieres at the Houston Grand Opera in the spring of 2020.

Originally from Galveston, TX, Lupe (Writer//Educator//Activist) is the author WHY I AM LIKE TEQUILA (Willow Books, 2019) and works with Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their SayBrazilian Arts Foundation and other organizations to promote poetry events, advocate for literacy/literature and organize creative writing workshops that are open to the public. He is the founder of Tintero Projects and works with emerging Latinx writers and other writers of color within the Texas Gulf Coast Region, with Houston as its hub. In addition, Lupe co-hosts INKWELL - a collaborative podcast creation between Tintero Projects and Inprint, placing a monthly spotlight on Regional, National and International Latinx writers and other Writers of Color. Mendez has received fellowships from CantoMundoMacondo and the Crescendo Literary/Poetry Foundation’s Emerging Poet Incubator. Mendez currently serves as the Literary Outreach Coordinator for Poets & Writers Inc. for Houston.  

Newsworthy: Poems By Deborah D. E. E. P. Mouton Cover Image
ISBN: 9780999823934
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Published: Bloomsday Literary - April 22nd, 2019