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...
It happened while sitting in the Cubuy River in eastern Puerto Rico last April--the clear, strong call to return to my homeland, Puerto Rico. And now I am in the middle of an often challenging move. I left California on October 11, and expect to arrive in Puerto Rico in late December. I am part of a movement we're naming rematriation, the return, in particular, of middle aged and old women, loaded with skills, dreams and purpose, to become part of the enriched soil of resistance of Puerto Rico. I will be returning to the farm I grew up on in the coffee farming town of Maricao, to write, and do climate justice and food sovereignty organizing. I plan to do a lot more online teaching and virtual book touring, restart my podcast series, and grow food and medicine while living in my solar powered tiny house.
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 spent much of fall, 2018 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 immersed myself 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. And then I wrote and wrote.
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Every week I get letters from people telling me how much it matters to them that I am writing the things I write, especially in these challenging times. In order to keep doing it, I need an income stream that's independent of marketing my books, selling pieces to magazines or getting grants. I need a large community of small donors, people who subscribe to my work, and recognize that as a chronically ill, disabled elder, there's only so much I can do, and it should be the writing that serves my communities. You can sign up for Patreon for as little as $1 a month and keep the words flowing.
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Published April, 2019
from Duke University Press
Medicine Stories: Essays for Radicals
The new edition has twenty-one new and revised essays.
Rimonim: New Jewish Liturgy
This year I'm working with people all over the country to launch a very special project to write new Jewish liturgy, ritual that is joy based, diasporic and centers Jews of Color, that meets the spiritual demands of our time. Stayed tuned as many synagogues join forces to crowdfund my salary.
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