Letrece has always been a true writer at heart. During her adolescence she began creating and editing a monthly newsletter that highlighted community events and creative writing. Letrece became illustrious by being a published author in her early teens with her poems appearing in several national poetry anthologies. Her writing expertise became more prevalent during her college years, where several of her articles and essays became required readings for a Sociology course at Loyola University New Orleans.
Lindsay Gary, MPA, MA is a PhD candidate in Africology and African American Studies, a professor of History, writer, speaker, and choreographer. She is an alumna of Texas Southern University and the University of Houston and the founder/board president of The Re-Education Project, founder/artistic director of Dance Afrikana, LLC, and founder/curator of Afrikanah Book Club.
Leslie Contreras Schwartz is the fourth Houston Poet Laureate, serving from 2019-2021. She is a multi-genre writer whose book, Who Speaks for Us Here, is scheduled for spring 2020 publication with Skull + Wind Press.
Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is a mother, wife, educator, and the current, and first Black, Poet Laureate of Houston, Texas. This seven-time National Poetry Slam Competitor, and Head Coach of the Houston VIP Poetry Slam Team, has been ranked the #2 Best Female Performance Poet in the World. Her work has appeared in Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books) Houston Noir (Akashic Books), and I AM STRENGTH (Blind Faith Books) to name a few. Her work has also been highlighted on such platforms as BBC, Houston Public Media, ABC, PBS, Blavity, Tedx, and Upworthy. Her next collection, Newsworthy, is set for release Spring of 2019 by Bloomsday Literary.
Her collaborations with The Houston Ballet, The Houston Rockets, and the Houston Grand Opera have opened new doors for performance poetry. Her work has been highlighted and studied in . She had the pleasure of performing and leading a workshop at the Leipzig in Autumn literary festival in 2018, where she bridged the gap between the slam and formal publishing communities.
As the Executive Director of VIP Arts Houston, she seeks to build more bridges that amplify the voices of artists in and around the nation. Her love for community transcends the classroom and the stage making her a mentor to many and a notable force to be felt.
In Episode 03 of Bootleg Like Jazz Erika Thompson stops by to talk about the important work being done at The African American Library at The Gregory School. Erika Thompson covers Freedmen’s Town, Houston Tx, Pan-Africanism and a cornucopia of other topics. Find out more at http://www.thegregoryschool.org Music by Idyll Green : https://soundcloud.com/idyll-green Promo by YZBeatZ IG: yzbeatz713 Terrell Wayne […]