Tuesday, January 10, 2017
I will be the host for the The Boadside Lotus Press Poets Theater with poetry and open mic that resumes on January 15, 2017 from 3:00 to 5:30 at the Grounds Coffee House in the lower level of Student Union at U of D-Mercy on Livernois and McNichols (6 Mile). We will have a poetry workshop and an open mic. The event is free and open to the pubic.
On Monday January 16,2017, Detroit will be having its annual Martin Luther King Day Rally, March and Cultural program. The rally and march will take place at 12:00 noon at Central United Methodist Church 23 East Adams at the corner of Woodward and Adams. From 3:00 4:30 p.m. the Cultural Program will be at a new site: St John's Episcopal Church on the corner of Woodward and I-75 (Fisher Freeway). I will be hosting the program with a great line up of poets and folk singers! The events are free and open to the public.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Nov 23, 2016 The first publication I had this year was the poem I wrote to highlight the life of Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese American philosopher, activist, author, and feminist that passed away in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 100 years old on October 5, 2015. The poem, "Now.Then.Tomorrow." was published in March 2016, Educational Studies: A Journal of the American Educational Studies Association Volume 52, 2016 - Issue 2 pp 188-191. The abstract may be found here and those with university access will be able to download a copy of the poem. (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00131946.2016.1121698) On Monday, November 21, 2016, I was at the university. I walked from my office to the mail room and saw a box with my name on it... I opened the box and discovered I received copies of the new anthology by INCA Press,"Forms Of Education: Couldn't Get A Sense of It." My piece, "RE-LOCATING THE DIFFERENTLY-ABLED: A CHOREOPOEM for Detroit's Parents with disabled children 2010-2015 is in part 2 of the book, "GETTING A SENSE OF IT: RELOCATING THE BODY IN EDUCATION, pp 134-139. The book may be purchased from INCA Seattle's web site at: http://incainstitute.org/forms-of-education-couldnt-make-sense-of-it/ I am still writing poems and memories for my new book, "From A Detroit War Primer." Aurora Harris c.2016 by Aurora Harris
A full house! Last night, we had a wonderful evening of poetry at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in the Mardigian Library's Alfred Berkowitz Gallery. When I walked into the gallery, there was an art exhibit of Jewish holocaust prisoners, After looking at the art I decided to open my reading with a poem I had written for my mother, who was in a prison camp in the Philippines during WW II, when the Japanese invaded. I read from my book Solitude of Five Black Moons: Easy (about my Mom, pp 33-35), The Universal Transcendence of Pain (about third world child labor, pp. 15-16), and Now. Then. Tomorrow. In Memory of Grace Lee Boggs (poem is published online: 30 Mar 2016 Educational Studies Vol. 52 , Iss. 2,2016 Educational Studies: A Journal of the American Educational Pages 188-191). In the photo from Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/UMDearbornWritingProgram/photos/gm.1399670530077695/1026486084147186/?type=3&theater) Poets left to right: Afaf Humayun, Alicia Schaefer, Aurora Harris, and Jill Darling. P.F. Potvin, Tony DeGenaro and Lee Brooks. Thank you to everyone that made this event possible!
Sunday, November 20, 2016
I will be reading my poetry for the University of Michigan-Dearborn's "Third Floor Poets" event presented by the Writing Program and the Literature, Philosophy and Arts Department, Tuesday November 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Alfred Birkowitz Gallery located in the Mardigian Library. December 9, 2016 I will be reading for the Detroit Women's Forum Luncheon at The Whitney.
Please share: REMINDER: Broadside Lotus Press Poets Theater is today from 3-5:30 p.m. U of D Mercy Grounds Coffee House in the lower level of the Student Union. Enter at the Livernois entrance. We will have a discussion about the water shut off crisis, the election, share works in progress, write a poem (s), and have Open Mic. I will have We The People of Detroit's "Mapping The Water Crisis: The Dismantling of African American Neighborhoods in Detroit for sale at 1/2 off the regular price. See you there!