MY NAME IS AURORA LEVINS MORALES. WELCOME TO MY ONLINE HOME.
I'm a writer, an artist, a historian, a teacher and mentor. I'm a also an activist, a healer, a revolutionary. I tell stories with medicinal powers. Herbalists who collect wild plants to make medicine call it wildcrafting. I wildcraft the details of the world, of history, of people's lives, and concentrate them through art in order to shift consciousness, to change how we think about ourselves, each other and the world. The stories we tell about our lives shape what we're able to imagine, and what we can imagine determines what we can do. My job is to change the stories we tell and help us imagine a world where greed has no power, the earth is cherished and all people get to live safe and satisfying lives. Because once we truly imagine it, the pull to create it becomes irresistible. Read more...
Only people who understand and practice interdependence are capable of making good ecological decisions, therefore, anything that threatens human interdependence is also an ecological threat...We have the creativity and intelligence to solve the problems we face, but the vast majority of human ingenuity is tied up in fighting to survive oppression. That creativity is the single most essential natural resource on earth. The work of social justice is to free it.
I am currently at A Studio in the Woods in New Orleans, after an eight day journey down the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to Lafayette and across the River's mouth to New Orleans. Silt is a prose poetry project that explores the natural and social landscapes of the Mississippi River system and the Caribbean Sea. I'm immersed in the ecology, history and people of the River and the Islands, meeting fascinating artists, activists, historians and scientists who engage with these bodies of water and our interactions with them.
Welcome to the new community members who pledged support during my journey down the Mississippi River.
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De CLARAcion: the video
I live-streamed my reading of DeCLARAción, a declaration of Puerto Rican sovereignty, dreamed up with my brother Ricardo Levins Morales and written by me. Watch/listen to it here.
DeCLARAción will be available soon as a print pamphlet.
Coming in March 2019:
Medicine Stories: Essays for Radicals
The new edition has twelve new essays and I substantially revised and updated nine more.
New editions of Getting Home Alive and Remedios are in process, and I hope to complete them by December.
Tai: A Yom Kippur Sermon
Last year I gave the Yom Kippur morning sermon at my synagogue. I spoke about joy as the only reliable source of long term courage, and I spoke about finding the eye of the storm, the clear place where we can navigate by stars instead of being buffeted by weather. And I did so in Taino face paint, making myself visible as an Indigenous Puerto Rican Jew.
New Jewish Liturgy
This year (2018/5779) I shared an invocation for my synagogue's new racial justice initiative. I now have a number of writings that are being widely used in progressive synagogues around the U.S., and am excited to collaborate with Jewish spiritual leaders to create liturgy that responds to a resurgence in social justice values, and the de-centering of both Israel and whiteness in US Jewish identity.
Letters from Earth: Everywhere on Earth, Water is Life
I have decided to take a long pause in my travels and stay put in Northern California for now, but I will continue to explore and write about environmental justice issues in California, and how they are connected to similar struggles all over the world. I'm following the fight to stop water privatization in the Sacramento River Delta, the ongoing struggle for divestment from DAPL, and learning more about water activism in Palestine.
The Vehicle for Change: A Safe Home for an Activist Poet
We did it! The Vehicle for Change, my 32 foot non-toxic and sustainable mobile home is built and I live in it. You can read more about the Vehicle here.