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McGovern Award Presentation

  • St. Paul's United Methodist Church 5501 Main Street Houston, TX, 77004 United States (map)

Marlon Lizama has been named the community recipient of the John P. McGovern Award for the Promotion of Public Health. A poet, writer, artist, author, and dancer who focuses on the cultural aspect of writing and the arts, Lizama is Artist-in-Residence in the Iconoclast program hosted by St. Paul’s. 

He will present "The Art of Storytelling: Working with At-Risk Youth to Find Their Voice through Writing and Performance Poetry.”

Lizama is currently developing and implementing a writing program for youth from all over Houston, including youth in inner-city schools and at-risk youth in the Harris County Juvenile Justice System. With the help of fellow educators, he developed a “How to Teach High-Level Creative Writing to At-Risk Youth” curriculum, which aims to create creatives, create writers, and create young authors. He is publishing an anthology of poetry created by the youth who have participated in this program.

Through competitions, performances, poetry shows, and the U.S. Department of State, Marlon has traveled to more than 40 countries. His work and ultimate mission is to use the arts as a tool to reach out and change perspective, environment, and lives. Marlon recently published his first book, Cue the Writer: Cheers to the Notion of Love, Hate, God, and Revolution, which is a collection of short stories and poetry from a young immigrant’s perspective,. His website: (

His McGovern Award presentation, open to the public, will be Wednesday, November 11, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at The University of Texas School of Public Health’s RAS auditorium, on the first floor of 1200 Pressler. This is near the Texas Medical Center transit center. Lunch is provided for the first 100 attendees. For more information,  please contact Rose Mary Betancourt-Trevino at (713) 500-9670 or Peggy Tate at (713) 500-9609