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.
Medicine Stories: Essays for Radicals
For those of you who've been writing to ask why my 1998 book Medicine Stories is selling for hundreds of dollars on Amazon and nowhere else, it's out of print and people are speculating with my work, which pisses me off. But I am hard at work on a brand new expanded and revised edition, due out from Duke University Press next spring. It will contain nine new essays and major revisions on the existing ones, so hang onto your hard earned cash and shun the scalpers online. I'll be posting teasers, excerpts from the new work, as I write it, so stay tuned.
Kindling: Writings On the Body
"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.
Kindling: Writings On the Body is available online and in bookstores. Read selections.
Camaradas Near and Far
Marjorie Dove Kent is the Executive Director of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, and 25 year old New York City organization. I recently started working with JFREJ as a consultant on arts activism, and the impact of historical trauma on organizing. On April 12, 2015 I joined JFREJ members for a strategic visioning retreat, which I'll be writing about soon. Marjorie and I have spent many hours on the phone brainstorming and making plans, but this our first face to face meeting. I was already familiar with the breadth and depth of her thinking, her creativity and integrity, but it was a delight to sit together and debrief from one of the most satisfying work days I've had in a long time.
Stefanie Fox is the Co-director for Organizing at Jewish Voice for Peace, so I met her through my work with the organization, as an advisory board member. But we share an extraordinary historical link that we discovered while standing in a field in Washington State, watching swifts pouring themselves down a chimney. I was talking abut a writing project based on the history of my great-grandparents' small village in the Ukraine. If Stefanie hadn't just been reviewing family history documents given to her by an aunt, she wouldn't have reacted when I mentioned the village's name. Israelovka, also known as Yazer. It turns out that her great-grandparents and mine were all from the same tiny shtetl, all migrated to North America (Canada in her case, the US in mine) and were active parts of Jewish life where they landed. Whatever their different perspectives, they passed their values on to their descendents, and 110 years later, their great-great-granddaughters both work against the Israeli Occupation and for radical Jewish culture in the same organization!
Isabel Moya, editor of the Cuban feminist magazine Mujeres, at an event in February, honoring the late Sara Gonzalez, one of the most important figures of the Nueva Trova musical movement.
Barbara McAfee and I met because of a man we each spent some years partnered with. I sometimes call her my alimony, and she calls me her lover-in-law. She's an amazing singer/songwriter, song leader, voice teacher and friend, and each time I visit Minneapolis we walk by the river and trade tales. Check out her book Full Voice: The Art and Practice of Vocal Presence.
Dialogue in New York
May 11, 2015 I had the deep pleasure of sitting in public dialogue with Ebony Golden founder of Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative, as part of a series on climate change sponsored by The Foundry in New York City. You can watch the whole thing courtesy of Howlround TV.
Building my Vehicle at Last!
Advantage Trailer, in Carol Stream, IL is about to start construction on the aluminum shell of my 32 foot gooseneck trailer! 24 feet of work space and kitchen, and an 8 foot sleeping loft in the "bunk" portion that goes over the pickup truck bed. Go to my Vehicle for Change site to find out more.
Register now! August 17-22, 2015 we resent a week of workshops and talks on Art, Ecology and Justice at World Fellowship, in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire.
This year the two biggest projects will be revising and updating my 1998 book Medicine Stories, with a lot of new material to be added, and building my future home, the Vehicle for Change so I can move in before winter (knock on non-toxic wood.) I'll also be working as a member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Artists Council and as a consultant with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.
JVP Artists' Council
In September, I had the great good fortune to attend the founding leadership retreat for Jewish Voice for Peace's Artists' Council, something I've advocated for for many years. Thirty-eight artists came together to begin crafting ways of responding strategically to what is somewhat euphemistically called the Israel-Palestine conflict, and at the same time, the Zionist domination of Jewish institutional and cultural life in the US, and the silencing of dissent. I find it hard to describe the intensity of the relief I felt, to be in community with other artists who want to think big on these issues, and shift the overall narrative.
APRIL/MAY On the 24th, I'll be at Duke University as part of a panel on the practice of testimonio with my fabulous hermanas of the Latina Feminist Group. April 26th I'm leading a workshop for the Disability Center at the University of Washington, and will give a reading/talk for them on May 2.
AUGUST 17-22, my brother Ricardo, my father Dick and I will be offering a week of programing at the wonderful World Fellowship Center in Albany, N.H.
Vermont Cottage and Land for Sale
My family is selling my parents' summer cottage in Vermont, with 20 acres of beautiful wooded land. Located near the vibrant and progressive town of Brattleboro, it's quiet and beautiful, and has literary history, too. In addition to the one bedroom cottage there's a small studio. For more information and photos, see our listing.