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. https://photos.google.com/…/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:  https://livestream.com/accounts/2710797/events/8181310/videos/174107221

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Dec 3, 2017 On Poetry, Education, Activism, and Broadside Lotus Press

Today is December 3, 2017.
2017 will soon be over!  What did you do in 2017? 

Poetry-Education-Activism: I've been working on a new book centered on my life as a poet-activist-educator titled "From A Detroit War Primer." I worked for two days to put it together and now have 139 pages. I'm in the revising and editing stage.  I will be releasing the book on Saturday, April 28, 2018, 6:00-7:30 for National Poetry Month at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. As part of the reading, I will be performing my recorded poems with the In The Tradition jazz band.

In October, I read my poem about jazz great Thelonious Monk at the "Monk's Dream Concert."  I read to "Green Chimneys" that was played by Marion Hayden- bandleader and bassist; Kamau Kenyatta- piano;  Raycee Biggs-horns; Rafael Statin- reeds; Djalo Djakate-drums.

Thanks to Mark L. Brown for video recording the set: https://photos.app.goo.gl/5bJbQHBjs3GU0bKJ3
Place your cursor at the bottom left of the screen to raise the volume.

On September 10th, In the Tradition Jazz had a CD release party. My new poems War is Here and Stephen are recorded with the band. 

Announcements:  Broadside Lotus Press will not meet this month at the University of Detroit-Mercy due to the Christmas break. We will resume our poetry workshop and round-robin readings on January 21, 2918 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. I am still looking for poets and writers for featured readings. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Poet Sonia Sanchez's Film at the Detroit African World Fest August 18

Dear Family, Friends, and Colleagues, You are cordially invited to attend the Broadside Lotus Press film screening of "BaddDDD SONIA SANCHEZ” by BROADSIDE/LOTUS PRESS “POET TO POETS” at the African World Festival in the GM Theater of the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History, this Friday, August 18, 6 pm - 8:30 pm. ** 6:00 to 7:30 for the film; then 7:30 to 8:15 pm for discussion. Admission is FREE! Thank you! From, Aurora Harris

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Aurora Harris Reads Poetry at Concert of Colors JULY 14, 2017 9:00 PM John R Stage

Great news Everyone! Concert of Colors Reminder: I will be reading at the John R Stage. I hope to see you there! "Aurora Harris is a dynamic Michigan poet, educator and water-rights activist. She is a co-founder of We The People and the host for The Broadside Lotus Press Poets Theater." 9 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2017 John R Stage Presented by Detroit Institute of Arts, The Wright Museum and Michigan Science Center On the sidewalk at the entrance to the Science Center on John R. Rain venue: Detroit Film Theater DIA. Click the l.ink below for the full schedule http://concertofcolors.com/artists/#friday