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Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is an internationally known poet, educator, activist, Poet Laureate Emeritus of Houston, Texas and author of Newsworthy (Bloomsday Literary). She wrote the libretto for HGO world premiere opera Marian’s Song (2020), composed by Damien Sneed. Formerly ranked the #2 Best Female Poet in the World, she is the founder of the longest running poetry slam venue in Houston, the Houston VIP Slam. Her work has appeared in Houston Noir from Akashic Press (2019), Black Girl Magic from Haymarket Books (2019), Fjords Journal, Crab Orchard Review, and platforms including NPR, BBC, ABC, Blavity, Upworthy, and TedX. A fellow with The Writer's Hotel and The Poetry Foundation's Poetry Incubator, D.E.E.P. has collaborated with The Houston Ballet and The Houston Rockets. She was 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 performed in, and led a workshop for, the Leipzig in Autumn literary festival in 2018, where she bridged the gap between the poetry slam and international publishing communities.

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