Thursday, March 14, 2019

2019 Annual Motown Mic Spoken Word Contest at Motown Museum Detroit, MI

Attention Poets!
For 2019, every Friday in March, the Motown Museum has a spoken word contest called "Motown Mic". Poets compete for  the highest points and are judged  by 4 judges. 8:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
Winners advanced to the Grand Finale for a grand prize  of $1000.00 and publication on a broadside by Detroit's Broadside Lotus Press! The contest is in its sixth year and I have been happy to serve as one of the judges!

The Motown Museum is located on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit. The site is east of Rosa Parks Boulevard and west of Woodward and the John C. Lodge Expressway (M-10).

Motown Museum
2648 West Grand Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan 48208
(313) 875-2264
Here is information about the contest:

Past winners can be found on YouTube

March 17, 2019 Poetry: Broadside Lotus Press Poets Theater 3:00 5:30 p.m.


The Dudley Randall Center for Print Culture and Broadside Lotus Press
Presents the Poets Theater
U of D-Mercy Campus McNichols and Livernois 
Grounds Coffee House, lower level of the Student Union..
Sunday, 3/17/ 19 
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Writing Workshop from 3 - 4:30. 
Bring your work in progress to read and get feedback. 
Open Mic from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Bring a poem by a favorite female poet for Women's History Month to share. 
Poetry writing prompts will be provided.
Free and open to the public

Enter at the McNichols entrance. Take the road that leads to the Livernois side of the campus, the Student Union will be on your right.  

Broadside Lotus Press on Facebook:

Sunday, January 20, 2019

2019 Jan 21: Detroit MLK Day Rally, March and Cultural Program of Poets

On Monday, Jan 21, 2019, we will be having our annual MLK Day rally, march, and cultural event.  I will be hosting the cultural event's poetry reading at 3:00 p.m.  See

Rally  and March for “Jobs, Peace & Justice”

Monday, January 21, 2019
12 Noon

Please note the NEW LOCATION

St. Matthew’s St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church

8850 Woodward, Detroit 48202
(between King and Holbrook)

March follows the Rally

3 PM – Community meal, poetry and music (following march) at
St. Matthew’s St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church

2019 Broadside Lotus Press Poets' Theater Schedule

The Broadside Lotus Press Poets' Theater will resume on the 3rd Sunday of February 2019.
Due to the bitter cold today, the session was canceled. We will continue to have poetry and writing workshops, sharing of work in progress for feedback, and reading of participant's work. 

Aurora Harris

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

2016-2018 Aurora Harris Poetry Readings, Workshops, Presentations

  • Annual: September 2018-March 2019: Broadside Lotus Press Poets Theater resumes at the University of Detroit-Mercy, lower level, in Grounds Coffee Haus. Poetry workshop with new and work in progress, critique by new attendees and seasoned poets, and open mic. 
  • August 11, 2018 Saginaw African Culture Festival, Saginaw MI. Read my poem "War is Here" with In the Tradition Jazz. 
  • July 25, 2018:  DIFSM Poetry Workshop for Youth at Faith Tabernacle Church. The youth wrote individual and group poems. 
  • April 28, 2018:  Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History: Poetry Month. I read excerpts from my upcoming book, "From A Detroit War Primer" with music by In The Tradition Jazz
  • October 14,  2017:  Thelonious Monk's Dream Concert with Marion Hayden's Band. I read my poem  "Monk:"  Click on the picture to start the video, then go to the left bottom to turn the volume up.…/AF1QipPG1Nrlm_Ix2Bt_WzIzkHjkkIj…
  • Annual: September 2017-April 2018:  Broadside Lotus Press Poets Theater resumes at the University of Detroit-Mercy, lower level, in Grounds Coffee Haus. Poetry workshop with new and work in progress, critique by new attendees and seasoned poets, and open mic.

Conferences and Presentations

  •  Filipino American National Historical Society Conference. MestisX in the Midwest. Panel organizer and speaker, Chicago, Il  2018       
  •  Thelonious Monk’s Dream Concert. Featured Poet with Marion Hayden’s Jazz Band. C. H. Wright Museum    2017
  •      Remembering the Detroit 1967 Rebellion. Organized poets to read poems.  C.H. Wright Museum Detroit, MI  2017, 25th Annual Concert of Colors. Featured poet.    2017            
  •      Third Floor Poets Poetry Reading. Co-sponsored by The Writing Center, LPA, AAAS  University of Michigan-Dearborn  2016
  • Co-organizer of 1946: A Turning Point. Filipino American National Historical Society Michigan Chapter   2016             
  •  Keynote Speaker for 2016 Filipino Graduates; Philippine American Community Center of MI        2016
  •   Poetry Judge for the Motown Museum Spoken Word Contests     2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  •  Host for Sankofa Film Series: Half Past Autumn: A Retrospective of Gordon Parks and American Revolutionary. 2016, 2015 Read original poems written for the Half Past Autumn Exhibit.  University MI Detroit Center. Co-sponsored by African and African American Studies, University of MI-Dearborn    
  •  Poetry reading of my poems for the League of Extraordinary Poets; University of MI- Dearborn,  2016

April 28, 2018 Aurora Harris Poetry Live Feed from Charles H. Wright Museum

April 29, 2018

Much Love and Thank you to everyone who attended and supported my poetry reading last night!  I read excerpts from my upcoming book, "From A Detroit War Primer." It was great to see so many people from the community! This morning, I received a lot of positive feedback from friends and people who heard me read for the first time.  Here is a live feed from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History:

Thursday, May 17, 2018