Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is a mother, wife, educator, and first Black Poet Laureate of Houston, Texas. This seven-time National Poetry Slam Competitor, and former Head Coach of the Houston VIP Poetry Slam Team, has been ranked the #2 Best Female Performance Poet in the World. Her work has appeared in ​Black Girl Magic ​ (Haymarket Books) ​Houston Noir ​ (Akashic Books), and Fjords Journal, and CrimeReads​ ​ to name a few. Her work has also been highlighted on such platforms as BBC, Houston Public Media, ABC, PBS, Blavity, Tedx, and Upworthy. Her newest collection, ​Newsworthy ​ , on Bloomsday Literary is available now.
A fellow with The Writer’s Hotel and The poetry Incubator, D.E.E.P.’s collaborations with The Houston Ballet, The Houston Rockets, and the Houston Grand Opera have opened new doors for performance poetry. As a finalist for Texas State Poet Laureate, a Kennedy Center Citizen fellowship, and the prestigious Breadloaf Retreat, her work has been highlighted and studied in Canada, England, New Zealand, and Germany. She had the pleasure of performing and leading a workshop at the Leipzig in Autumn literary festival in 2018, where she bridged the gap between the slam and international publishing communities.

As the Executive Director of VIP Arts Houston, she seeks to build more bridges that amplify the voices of artists in and around the nation. Her love for community transcends the classroom and the stage making her a mentor to many and a notable force to be felt.

Online workshops

  • Flash Fiction: The Art of Compression (Online)

    8 Tuesd Eves Writing Flash
    with Anna Mebel
    Beg. Sept 5 // from 6-9

    $300.00 Register
  • Living Attentively: Journaling from Poetry and Observation

    8 Mondays Journal Writing
    with Elisabeth Adwin Edwards
    Sept 25 to Nov 13 // 11 to 1

    $250.00 Register

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In studio workshops

  • Variations in Prose: Explorations in Fiction, Memoir, & Essays (In-Studio)

    8 Wed Morns w/ Miah Arnold
    Writing Fiction/Memoir/Essays
    Starts Sept 6 // 10-1

    $350.00 Register
  • Songwriting for Dilettantes (In-Studio)

    6 Thurs. Nights of Songwriting
    with Lucas Masllorens
    Sept 14 – Nov 19 // 6 – 9 pm

    $310.00 Register
  • The Working Novel: for Writers Engaged in LONG Projects

    7 Friday Mornings Writing
    with Miah Arnold
    see scheduled Fridays
    Starts Sept 8 // 10-1 cst
    online and in person

    $400.00 Register
  • In Pursuit of the Strange: Unsettling Habit through Diversity of Style

    7 Wed. Nights Writing Poetry
    with Kaitlin Rizzo
    Oct 4 – Nov 15  // 6 – 9pm

    $330.00 Register

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