Houston Poet Laureate

Houston Poet Laureate

HLP Deborah Deep Mouton Poet LaureateHouston’s new 2019 Poet Laureate is Leslie Contreras Schwartz.

A multi-genre writer from Houston, Schwartz's work examines the individual versus public bodies and documents lived experiences and narratives of those usually silenced, such as people with mental illness, sex workers, women who are trafficked, or children in custody.

Schwartz’ will use her time as Poet Laureate to focus on tackling mental health through the lens of poetry.  She hopes to cultivate and create new partnerships between the Mayor’s Office, Houston Public Library and the Houston Health Department.

The Houston Poet Laureate Program is developed and coordinated by the Houston Public Library and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The Houston Poet Laureate Program is funded by the City of Houston City’s Initiative Grant Program.


Poet Laureate Events

October 30, 2019
The Breakfast Club @ Harry's | 7:30 AM

Speaking and reading about mental health

November 3, 2019 
Reading poetry at Creative Action for Asylum Seekers | 5 PM -10 PM

Benefiting Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative

November 8, 2019
Rice University, Fondren Library, Kyle Morrow Room | 11 AM – 1 PM

Poetry reading and workshop with ire’ne lara silva and Lopa Banerjee

November 16, 2019
Songwriting Workshop, Collier Regional Library1 PM - 2:30 PM

Create your own songs using poetry and music as guides.  All writing backgorunds welcome!

December 7, 2019
Songwriting Workshop, Looscan Neighborhood Library | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Create your own songs using poetry and music as guides.  All writing backgorunds welcome!

December 7, 2019
Rice University, Rice Memorial Center Grand Hall | 6 PM Dinner, 7 PM Show

Poetry reading at Ritmo! Hispanic showcase at Rice University "La Nueva America"


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