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Houston Tells It Slant: Motherhood

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5/7/2020 From 8:00 PM CDT to 9:30 PM CDT

In the inaugural event for a new reading series - which has been moved online for the time being, a program of the Writers’ League of Texas, three Houston writers will read work that explores motherhood in all its many facets—chaos and control, intimacy and distance, joy and fear. Following the readings, the authors will be in discussion with WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver.

We'd also love to make this event as inclusive as we can. Consider filling out this Google form to share your musings on motherhood, whether about the current challenge of mothering during a pandemic, or the different forms being a mother and being mothered can take, or anything else you'd like to share.

You can RSVP for the event at no charge, but we also encourage you to consider registering with the suggested donation of $5. All collected donations will go to Project Row Houses’ Young Mothers Residential Program, which provides housing and counseling on personal growth and parenting skills for young single mothers, which allows them to raise their children in a creative, nurturing community.

Of course, we also know that many in our community are experiencing lost wages and work right now and we don't want this event to be cost prohibitive. If you can't make a donation this time around, simply select RSVP and you'll be added to the registration list at no charge, no problem!

The event is made possible in part through funding from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. 

Our line-up of readers:


Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, author of Newsworthy (Right)

Born in Riverside, California, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is an internationally-recognized performance poet and the first African-American Poet Laureate of Houston, Texas. Formerly ranked #2 Female Performance Poet in the World, she is a founding member and executive director of VIP Arts Houston, a non-profit dedicated to promoting literacy and the arts in underserved populations. Her genre-bending poetry has engendered unconventional collaborations with groups as disparate as the Houston Rockets and the Houston Ballet. Her work has been featured on NPR, the BBC, and the TEDx circuit. Her debut recent collection, Newsworthy, wrestles with living in a culture infected by white supremacy where current media is distrusted, cursory, and impossible to escape. Mouton lives and teaches in Houston.

Ricardo Nuila (Center) is a writer, teacher, and a practicing doctor. He is an associate professor of medicine, medical ethics and health policy at Baylor College of Medicine, where he teaches internal medicine and directs the Program of Narrative Medicine. Ricardo is a native Houstonian who has worked in the city's largest safety net facility, Ben Taub Hospital, for more than twelve years. His creative works are fueled by this Houston institution, as much by its patients as by its team of health care workers. His fiction works have appeared in the Best American Short Stories anthology, as well as in McSweeney’s, Guernica, and The New England Review, who awarded him its inaugural Emerging Writer Award. He has also written articles on health disparities for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Texas Monthly, The New England Journal of Medicine, and The New Yorker, who commissioned him to cover the medical response to Hurricane Harvey. He has earned fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Logan Nonfiction Program, and from the Texas Institute of Letters, who provided him a four month residency with his family on the beautiful 250 acre Dobie Paisano Ranch in the bluff-topped hills of Austin. Ricardo's first book, The People’s Hospital: Stories and Lessons From a Safety Net Healthcare System will be published by Scribner in 2021.

Jessica Wilbanks, author
When I Spoke in Tongues (Left)

Jessica Wilbanks is the author of When I Spoke in Tongues, a memoir about faith and its loss. She has received a Pushcart Prize as well as creative nonfiction awards from Ninth Letter, Sycamore Review, Redivider, and Ruminate magazine. Her essays have received Notable Mentions in Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading, and she was selected as a finalist for the PEN annual Literary Award in Journalism. Jessica received her MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Houston, where she served as nonfiction editor for Gulf Coast.

The event is made possible in part through funding from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. Parking information and directions to the Honors College are available here.