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:
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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 below for the full schedule

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Broadside Lotus Press Poets Theater Sunday, January 15, 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.

MLK DAY RALLY, MARCH, and POETRY Monday JAN 16, 2017

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

Aurora Harris' New Publications in 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. ( 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: I am still writing poems and memories for my new book, "From A Detroit War Primer." Aurora Harris c.2016 by Aurora Harris

Aurora Harris' Reading at U of M-Dearborn's Third Floor Poetry Event Nov 20, 2016

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 ( 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!