Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, Poet Laureate of Houston
Houston’s Poet Laureate Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton closes our season 2 with a bang. We clink glasses as we talk about the intersection of poetry and community, and she explains how limiting her allotment of news to her once-a-week date with Trevor Noah keeps her sane, and we petition Hollywood to make more movies about breastfeeding moms. The sight gag opportunities are boundless. Plus, Phuc doesn’t turn off his audio notifications and Jess turns into a ghost, but a ghost who can still text.
Bonus craft note from D.E.E.P.? If you get stumped, check out the latest submittable calls and write on a topic you never thought about before.
Suggested Readings & Honorable Mentions:
Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric
Audre Lorde’s “Power”
Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux’s The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry
Kim Addonizio’s Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within
William Golding’s Lord of the Flies
Stephen King’s Misery
Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime