Past Houston Poet Laureate

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Houston's 2017-2019 Poet Laureate is Debroah 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.


HLP Robin Davidson Poet LaureateHouston’s 2015 - 2017 Poet Laureate is Dr. Robin Davidson. Her Community Outreach Project is the development of an anthology book of Houston residents’ favorite poetry. This project is modeled after former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky’s national Favorite Poem Project anthology, Americans’ Favorite Poems.​


HPL Gwendolyn ZepedaIn April 2013, Mayor Annise D. Parker and Houston Public Library (HPL) Director Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson announced that award-winning author and poet Gwendolyn Zepeda was selected as Houston’s first Poet Laureate. Zepeda will serve a two-year term, April 2013 through April 2015.

As Houston’s Poet Laureate, Zepeda represents the city by creating excitement about poetry through outreach, programs, teaching and written work. Zepeda is committed to developing a Community Outreach project for Houston’s many diverse neighborhoods, as well as to local businesses. She has already held several poetry workshops and participated in HPL literary events.

Zepeda is a Houston-based author that is best-known for her works of fiction, including Growing Up with Tamales; Houston, We Have a Problema; Lone Star Legend and Better with You Here. However, Zepeda is also an accomplished poet. She has several chapbooks and published poems to her name, she recently launched her new book of poetry: Falling in Love with Fellow Prisoners.


Interview with Gwendolyn Zepeda


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