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Join us for May Third Thursday on May 18

May Third Thursday:

“Myth + Memory: Staking Out New Territory in the Memoir Form”

Thursday, May 18
7:00-8:30 PM CDT
Live on Zoom

This special Third Thursday event will feature a “WLT On the Craft of Writing” presentation from Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton on the art of memoir writing.

In the genre of memoir, it is difficult to differentiate your story from the growing stack. New forms blending mythology and poetry helped Houston’s Poet Laureate Emeritus, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, stand out from the pack in her newest memoir, Black Chameleon: Memory, Womanhood, and Myth.

Growing up as a Black girl in America, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton yearned for stories she felt connected to—true ones of course, but also fables and mythologies that could help explain both the world and her place in it. As she set out to write her very personal story, she allowed herself the freedom to work outside of the box, to bend expectations and create a narrative that was original and true, genre-bending and surprising. It was the exact right way for her to tell her story and in this presentation she’ll encourage other writers to find their own best path, however unexpected it might be.

The presentation will be followed by a conversation between Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton and WLT Program Director Sam Babiak, including a book club discussion of Black Chameleon.

Praise for Black Chameleon:

“Exquisite… This is a genre-shifting book.” – Kiese Laymon

“This book kept showing me new shades of freedom.” – Sonya Renee Taylor

“Black Chameleon redefines what a memoir can be.” – Zain E. Asher

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