Taking inspiration from art and music, a writers’ ability to play and remix form is the birthplace of fresh, new iterations of literature. This five-week course examines hybridity and the need for blended and genre-bending texts. It will lead you to create hybrid work that transcends multiple forms. Whether Haibun, Biomythography, or a form you create, this workshop will lead you to break out of your box and think about your work in a new way.
Readings will include work by Claudia Rankine, Joshua Nguyen, Danez Smith, and an array of mentor texts, though our primary focus will be on generating work for thoughtful, constructive feedback with one another. With that in mind, this course is geared towards writers prepared to share a small portfolio of work (no more than 20 pages) by the third week of the course that can be further developed. First time workshoppers are invited to join, as we will also go over Creative Nonfiction workshop best practices and feedback guidelines in this class. “When a writer working in a hybrid genre balances a simple, well-told story (or in some cases a quick, well-articulated point) with the strangeness of working in a new form, they can create a unique tension uncommon in conventional writing”-James Ardis
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.