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BIPOC Book Fest
The annual BIPOC Book Fest is a celebration centered on underrepresented voices through a showcase of literary works that feature Black, Indigenous, people of color, and other creatives of marginalized communities. Curated with diversity in mind, the festival combines the nostalgia of the book fairs we knew and loved as children with unique programming, panels, readings, vendors, book-related memorabilia, poetry performances, and more!
The 2023 edition of BIPOC Book Fest builds upon the success of last year’s first-ever festival, offering a variety of wide-ranging panels covering art, poetry, and food. While the full line-up and schedule are forthcoming, look forward to the following speakers:
In a keynote address, Houston poet laureate emeritus Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton will discuss her debut memoir Black Chameleon; her play Plumshuga, which celebrates the life of Houston ballerina Lauren Anderson; and her work as a poet in the city.
Houston Chronicle restaurant columnist Bao Ong will moderate a panel celebrating Houston’s diverse cuisines, featuring Anita Jaisinghani, chef-owner of Pondicheri and author of the cookbook Masala, and chef Kavachi Ukegbu, author of cookbook The Art of Fufu.
Houston artist Reginald Adams, known for his iconic murals outside of The Breakfast Klub, will speak on a panel about the city’s burgeoning visual arts scene, alongside Matthew Ramirez, author of Found Me magazine, an art book highlighting the city’s BIPOC creatives.
The festival concludes with a poetry showcase and an open mic featuring Houston Poet Laureate Outspoken Bean.