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Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton’s ‘Black Chameleon’ creates a new mythology for Black women

In her latest book, the accomplished writer and former Houston poet laureate blends fantastical elements with her own stories of growing up a Black woman in America in order to create something missing for many African Americans.


Houston writer Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton poses in the Houston Matters studio with her memoir, Black Chameleon: Memory, Womanhood, and Myth.


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Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton kind of does everything. She's a poet – formerly the poet laureate of Houston, in fact. She's written plays, including a recent production about the life and career of ballet legend Lauren Anderson. And she's an opera librettist, just to name a few.

So, it's about time she added "memoirist" to her resume.

Her new book, Black Chameleon: Memory, Womanhood, and Myth bends the definition memoir by combining stories of growing up a Black woman in America with elements of the fantastical in order to create a sort of new mythology for women like her.

Mouton will appear at an event at Brazos Bookstore on March 10 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the book. And she recently asked local writers and artists to create their own personal mythologies for a work of art that goes on display at Houston City Hall beginning today.

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Michael Hagerty

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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