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Outspoken Bean

2021 - 2023 Poet Laureate

Photo of Bean smiling looking to the leftThe New Jersey born, San Antonio raised, H-Town based military brat was introduced to the arts and world cultures at a very young age and has not let go of it. "An energetic pioneer for poetry, in all its different sizes and shapes, Bean is dedicated to making sure that poets get heard," Emily Hinds of Arts and Culture Magazine wrote of Bean.

Bean uses poetry to engage different mediums and institutions to create new and engaging art, such as being the first poet to perform on Houston Ballet's main stage with their production "Play." He has also been commissioned to write and perform a national campaign on diversity for Pabst Blue Ribbon and VICE while creating/producing his own festival Plus Fest: the EVERYTHING plus POETRY Festival.

In 2008, Bean helped develop Texas' largest youth poetry slam organization and slam team, Meta-Four Houston, with Shannon Buggs and DiverseWorks. In which he stills coaches and uses it as a vehicle today to mentor Houston's youth. He started performing spoken-word in 2005. Outspoken Bean is a true renaissance man and culture bearer through poetry, Bean willingly seeks, finds, collaborates, and creates new ways for people to experience poetry through multiple mediums.

Past Poet Laureates

Photo of Leslie smiling looking centerLeslie Contreras Schwartz 

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Leslie is a native Houstonian and a multi-genre writer whose third collection of poems, Who Speaks for Us Here, is scheduled for spring 2020 publication with Skull + Wind Press.

Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Anomaly, The Missouri Review, The Collagist, [PANK], Iowa Review, Verse Daily, and the anthology Xicanx: 21 Mexican American Writers of the 21st Century edited by ire’ne lara silva (University of Arizona, 2022), among others.

She is a graduate of The Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and earned a bachelor's at Rice University. She teaches poetry workshops at Rice University, one focused on social justice poetics.

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Photo of Deborah smiling looking leftDeborah D.E.E.P. Mouton

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Deborah is an internationally-known writer, librettist, educator, activist, performer, and Poet Laureate Emeritus of Houston, Texas.

Formerly ranked the #2 Best Female Performance Poet in the World, Her recent poetry collection, Newsworthy, garnered her a Pushcart nomination and was named a finalist for the 2019 Writer’s League of Texas Book Award and an honorable mention for the Summerlee Book Prize. A German translation, under the title "Berichtenswert," was released in Summer 2021 by Elif Verlag.

In addition, a story book opera, entitled Lula the Mighty Griot will debut with Houston Grand Opera in early 2021 and her memoir, Black Chameleon, is forthcoming by Henry Holt & Co. D.E.E.P. is currently a resident artist at Rice University and the American Lyric Theater.

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Photo of Robin with the Mayor of Houston smiling looking centerRobin Davidson

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Robin is a poet, translator, and professor of English, and author of two poem chapbooks, Kneeling in the Dojo (Finishing Line Press) and City that Ripens on the Tree of the World (Calypso Editions), and the poetry collection, Luminous Other (Ashland Poetry Press).

She is co-translator with Ewa Elżbieta Nowakowska of The New Century: Poems by Ewa Lipska (Northwestern UP), and recipient of a Fulbright professorship at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and an NEA translation fellowship.

A resident of Houston for more than 50 years, she was named Houston’s second Poet Laureate by Mayor Annise Parker in 2015 and served through April 2017 under the leadership of Mayor Sylvester Turner. Davidson now serves as board director and financial officer for the literary press Calypso Editions and was a 2017 finalist for Texas State Poet Laureate.

Photo of Gwendolyn smiling looking centerGwendolyn Zepeda

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In 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.


Subjects: Books and Readers, Download & Stream, Leisure and Do-It-Yourself, Literature
Tags: biblioboard, ILL, indie author, interlibrary loan, local author, self publish