Aurora Harris


Detroit, MI 48202
313 673-6313

Author's Bio

I am an African American Filipina Poet, Educator, Activist,Students with Special Needs Advocate,and a Spoken Word Recording Artist with In The Tradition Jazz band. My poetry reflects social, political and cultural issues; Detroit, MI; Family, Women, Labor,Global concerns, travels,and Jazz. As an amateur photographer, I write poems inspired by images. I once described my poems as "snapshots of society and human condition" that I related to Durkheim's
"anomie." The poems serve as a catalyst towards positive change or transformation, and hope within a system of violences. My book of poems, "Solitude of Five Black Moons (2012)," co-published by Broadside Press and University of Detroit Mercy Press, is being scheduled for a second print by Wayne State University Press. As a board member of Detroit's Broadside Lotus Press and a co-founder of the Broadside Press Institute of Cultural Studies, I have provided a poetry series and poetry workshops for youth and adults that encourages analysis and connects history to daily lives. In the past, I taught poetry and performance poetry as a Poet In Residence in Detroit Public Libraries;for Detroit Asian Youth Project, Wayne County Juvenile Correctional Center, shelters,local coffee houses, middle schools and high schools in Detroit, and art galleries. Featured Readings include: The Last Poets, Jayne Cortez, Jessica Hagedorn, Emily Lawsin, Regie Cabico; Straight Ahead, Marion Hayden, Faruk Z. Bey, ML Liebler's Poetry Band, Teddy Harris, Marcus Belgrave, Blues man Robert Jones, and others. I am a former member and coach of Detroit National Poetry Slam Teams(1995-2004).Other readings: Michigan Radio (;selected poems from "Solitude..." to classical music with the CutTime Sinfonica(2014,University of MI-Dearborn), Ashland University Summer Writers Program (2014); Peace and Justice Studies Conference in San Diego, CA (2014), Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History; spoken word with In The Tradition Jazz band at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati, OH). Publications include anthologies and journals: Brooding The Heartlands: Poets of the Midwest, Tilting The Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing, Drum Voices Review, and Educational Studies: a journal of the American Educational Studies Association.
I hold a B.A. in Sociology from Wayne State University and an M.A. in Social Foundations of Education from Eastern Michigan University. I am a Lecturer at The University of Michigan-Dearborn teaching Composition and African American Literature courses.

Publications & Prizes

Abandon Automobile: Detroit City Poetry (Wayne State University Press, 2001)
Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing (New Rivers Press, 2001)
DrumVoices Review, Vol. 9, (Southern Illinois University Press, 2000)
Brooding The Heartlands:Poets of the Midwest (Bottom Dog Press, 1998)
Solitude of Five Black Moons (Broadside Press, 2011)
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Awards include: 2015 National Lawyer's Guild Chapter Unsung Heroes Award as a member of We The People of Detroit; the 2014 Howard Zinn Lifetime Achievement Award in Peace Studies; 2012 PEN-Oakland Josephine Miles Award for the book of poetry "Solitude of Five Black Moons".

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What I'm reading now: 
The World Will Follow Joy by Alice Walker

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Mixed Race
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Detroit, MI
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Last update: May 23, 2015