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In Her Debut Collection, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton Explores What’s ‘Newsworthy’

The Houston poet talks about her first collection of poetry.

Deborah DEEP Mouton - Stay Woke
Houston poet Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton.

Newsworthy by Deborah DEEP Mouton

April is National Poetry Month, and, as you may have heard each Monday on Houston Matters, we’ve been featuring Houston poets and their work with the help of Houston Public Media’s Catherine Lu and her series Voices and Verses.

One local poet – whose name you might’ve heard, especially in the past couple years – is Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton. That’s because she’s the city’s official poet laureate, at least until her two-year term ends at the end of this month.

Fittingly, National Poetry Month coincides with the release of her debut collection of poetry, called Newsworthy.

The collection wrestles with living in a society with racism and oversaturated ubiquitous – and often distrusted – media.

Deborah Mouton By The Bayou
Houston poet Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton.

In the audio above, she tells Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse about what inspired some of the works in the collection, and she reads some of her work.

Mouton holds a book launch this Saturday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. at UH-Downtown’s Robertson Auditorium.

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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