Estás en tu casa. Feel free to wander around, find out who I am and see what I've been up to. You can read my blogs or excerpts of my poetry, fiction and essays, watch videos of my lectures, buy my books, or book me to speak, and learn about some of the projects I'm involved in.
New! Kindling: Writings On the Body
Kindling: Writings On the Body is now available here at Red Room (my preference) and also on Amazon and CreateSpace.
Read selections from Kindling
"Aurora's writing is itself a kind of alchemy, balancing emotional nuance with rich historical context, simultaneously speaking in an intimate, personal voice and for a collective we. She offers us vulnerable, power-filled lyricism that moves the audience to new understandings of their own lives, as she claims her body's pleasure and pain."
Patty Berne, Co-founder and Artistic Director, Sins Invalid.
West Coast Micro Book Tour
One afternoon in 1976 I was walking down a street in my new city of Berkeley, and I heard a woman's voice coming from a building across the street, singing "A desalambrar," a classic of the Latin American New Song movement. I went to check it out and followed her music into La Peña Cultural Center, the place where I grew up as a radical artist.
Returning there to launch my new book was bittersweet. My long time colleague, Rafael Manriquez, died last summer, and I kept seeing him in my mind's eye, his head bent over his guitar, musician's gaze turned inward, listening.
But the room was packed to overflowing with people from so many different parts of my life, people I've known since my teens, and comrades and colleagues from every decade since. I love a loud audience! They hooted and hollered all the way through the event, and I sold out of my books long before people were done wanting to buy them.
Then on to Seattle, where the Disability Justice Collective sponsored my event at the Douglas Truth Library. We had a lively back and forth, and closed the library...with me reading my last poem as people stacked chairs. Thank you, West Coast!
The Village It Takes
I'm trying a new financial strategy. Instead of asking you to buy my books, I ask you to pay me to write them, and let me give my words away. I'm looking for one thousand villagers to subscribe to my life. Find out why.
My father and I are starting to make plans for our February trip to Cuba to attend the 2014 International Book Fair in Havana, with ecology collaborations for my father, and visits to old friends for us both.
I'll also be participating in the annual Women's Studies conference at Casa de las Americas, meeting with women from Cuba and many other countries.
Walking With Our Sisters
I have the honor of being one of more than 1700 women who have hand made moccasin vamps (uppers) for the upcoming exhibit, Walking With Our Sisters, to draw attention to the more than 600 missing and murdered Indigenous women of Canada.
My vamps have the Taíno symbol for the coquí, our uniquely Puerto Rican tree frog, which tradition says are lost children crying for their mothers, and whose voices bring the rain. I also included cowrie shells for my African heritage, laid out in a pattern that means good fortune. I dedicated my vamps to mothers and children separated by violence, and to all our healing.
The exhibit just opened in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Here's an article about it from the Globe and Mail. There are six years of exhibit dates scheduled! This article by Tanya Kappo, first keeper of the exhibit bundle, describes the ceremony and emotional process of guiding people through the exhibit.