Aurora Levins Morales

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Hi. My name is Aurora Levins Morales

I've been a storyteller and a social justice activist all my life.  
My words have gone all over the world and been translated into many languages.  They are taught in schools and study groups, incorporated into posters and performances, turned into prayer in synagogues, churches and temples, and shared among all kinds of people who want a world of justice and peace.  

Metaphors are my superpower.  Metaphors, and a deep faith in a really big vision of what human societies could become. 

I write about the world around me and the world I know is possible.  I tell stories that expand what we believe we can do, make unexpected connections between realities that seem separate, encourage us to have bigger dreams, hopes and expectations, and cultivate resilience and imagination.  I write about principled ways of working together, across many kinds of difference, so we can build the world we want to live in and leave to the generations after us.   

Between September, 2016 and February, 2017 I traveled the US in a tiny non-toxic, sustainable house on wheels, which I designed and built, gathering stories about water and land struggles, writing about how our ecological crisis is rooted in crises of human relations.  I've visited places like Detroit, Standing Rock, and California's Imperial Valley, highlighting all the ways that our struggles over water unfold.  I'm writing about what's happening to the land I was born on in western Puerto Rico, how farmland is being replaced by prisons in upstate New York, about food justice projects in New England, and the politics of water diversion in the Sacramento River Delta. I follow the stories that call me, that rise out of the landscape, the people I meet, and my own body. 

I also wrote a new edition of my book Medicine Stories: Essays for Radicals, adding twelve new essays and substantially revising nine more. That book will be out in April, 2019 from Duke University Press. 

In fall of 2018 I traveled down the Mississippi River with Naiomi Robles, and then spent five weeks at A Studio in the Woods writing a prose poetry book about the natural and social landscapes of the river as seen from the Caribbean, about the rivers in the earth and in my body, and the ways water holds our stories.  

I do all of these things with the heart, mind and hands of a feminist and radical, a queer identified woman, a Puerto Rican and Ashkenazi Jew, a person living with with chronic illness and disability, with the aftermaths of environmental and sexual violence, an immigrant, a single mother, and an artist. 

I do a lot of different kinds of work that are all connected. 
I post my work here on Patreon, and at, the blog of Jews of Color, Sephardi and Mizrahi (JOCSM) in Solidarity with Palestine. I give talks and readings,  and offer many kinds of workshops, leadership deep dives, and am working with progressive Jewish congregations to write new liturgy.  I'm working on a Boricua-futurist novella, a mystery novel, a new book of essays and a lot more.  I cook on a twelve burner stove when I write!  I mentor young writers and activists, and serve as an artist and elder in residence to social justice organizations, educational, and faith based institutions.   
I love doing this work as part of a large, interwoven web of people who share my values and become connected through the stories I gather and tell.  I would love for you to become part of that web.  

If you can't contribute money, but have time/skills you'd like to offer instead, we'd love to hear from you.  Drop us a line
You can learn more about my work at and all about my traveling house at
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  • Will pay for my rent and utilities, including internet and cell phone costs, which lets me upload and distribute my podcasts.   
  • Having reliable communication tools while living in a remote rural area allows me to stay connected with friends and colleagues and have the conversations that feed my work.  
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