MYTHS, MEMORY, and MEMOIR with KIESE LAYMON and DEBORAH D.E.E.P. MOUTON - San Antonio Book Festival
April, 15 2023


  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  •    |   Location of Session: Russell Hill Rogers Tent
  • Adult Sessions
  • Start of Signing: 1:45 pm
  •    |   Signing Location: Festival Marketplace

About the Event

2022 MacArthur Fellow Kiese Laymon (Heavy: An American Memoir) and the first Black Houston Poet Laureate Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton (Black Chameleon: Memory, Womanhood, and Myth) take center stage at the San Antonio Book Festival to discuss their genre-defying memoirs. 

This session will be live streamed privately on YouTube. Due to contractual obligations, we are unable to share the link publicly. If you are unable to attend in person and wish to view the live stream, please email and provide your email address affiliated with your YouTube account to be able to access the video. The video will be removed on April 16, 2023.

About the Authors

Kiese Laymon - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Kiese Laymon

Kiese Laymon is a Black southern writer from Jackson, Mississippi. The Libby Shearn Moody Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rice University, he is also the author of Long Division, which won the 2022 NAACP Image Award for Fiction, and the essay collection, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, named a notable book of 2021 by the New York Times critics. Laymon’s bestselling memoir, Heavy: An American Memoir, won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose, the Barnes and Noble Discovery Award, the Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media, and was named one of the 50 Best Memoirs of the Past 50 Years by The New York Times. The audiobook, read by the author, was named the Audible 2018 Audiobook of the Year. He is the founder of “The Catherine Coleman Literary Arts and Justice Initiative,” a program based out of the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University, aimed at aiding young people in Jackson get more comfortable reading, writing, revising and sharing on their on their own terms, in their own communities. Kiese Laymon was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2022. While currently working on several other projects, Heavy: An American Memoir, is his latest release. 

Deborah D.E.E.P Mouton - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Pin Lim

Deborah D.E.E.P Mouton

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is a writer, director, performer, critic and the first Black Poet Laureate of Houston, TX. She is the author of the 2019 poetry collection Newsworthy, which was a finalist for the The Writer’s League of Texas Book Award and Honorable Mention in the Summerlee Book Prize. Her poems have garnered her a Pushcart nomination and been translated into multiple languages. She has been a contributing writer for GlamourTexas MonthlyMuzzle, and ESPN’s The Undefeated. Her work ranges from writing stage plays and librettos for operas such as Marian’s Song to storytelling through film. She currently resides in Houston, TX. Her debut memoir is Black Chameleon: Memory, Womanhood, and Myth.


Deborah D.E.E.P Mouton - The San Antonio Book Festival

Lisa Lucas

Lisa Lucas is the Senior Vice President & Publisher of Pantheon and Schocken Books at Penguin Random House. Previously, Lucas was the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation for five years. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the Publisher of Guernica, a non-profit online magazine focusing on writing that explores the intersection of art and politics with an international and diverse focus. Before that, she served as Director of Education at the Tribeca Film Institute, on the development team at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and as a consultant for the Sundance Institute. Find her on Twitter at @likaluca.

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