Deborah “Deep” Mouton, Houston Poet Laureate
Houston’s current Poet Laureate is Deborah "DEEP" Mouton. She has published and performed poetry since the age of 19. She released her first full-length album in 2009 titled "The Unfinished Work of a Genius." Her sophomore album, "Beautiful Rebellion," was released in 2015, exploring more socially themed poems. Deborah Mouton is Slammaster/Coach for the Houston VIP National Poetry Slam Team and a high school English teacher.
Marlon “Marley” Lizama, Iconoclast Artist
Marlon “Marley” Lizama is a poet, writer, artist, author, and dancer who focuses on the cultural aspect of writing and the arts. He is the Co-founder of the Iconoclast Artists program that focuses on empowering youth in underserved schools and incarcerated youth through the arts. He is the Artist-in-Residence for St. Paul’s United Methodist in Houston, TX. With the help of fellow educators, Marlon developed the “How to Teach High-Level Creative Writing to At-Risk Youth” curriculum, which aims to create creatives, writers, and young authors. Through Iconoclast, they are able to publish an anthology of poetry created by the students who have participated in this program. Marlon 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, and launched his website MarlonLizamaPoetry.org. Marlon is the recipient of the 2015 John P. McGovern Award for distinguished activities in science, literature, arts and humanities. 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.