I'm a Puerto Rican Jewish feminist and radical writer, historian and activist. Born in Puerto Rico, I came to the US in 1967, spent my teens in Chicago, college in New Hampshire and have lived in the Bay Area since 1976. I grew up in a rainforest, in a house full of books with parents who read poetry and novels aloud to us, and began writing as a child. I became a public writer within multiple social justice movements: U.S. feminism, Latin American anti-colonial movements, people of color movements in the U.S. I was a contributor to This Bridge Called My Back, and co-authored my first book with my mother, Rosario Morales (1930-2011) another Puerto Rican feminist. I've also worked in radio, producing documentaries, and as Poet On Assignment for Pacifica Radio's Flashpoints, writing poetry commentaries on the news.
My books include Getting Home Alive (Firebrand Books, 1986,) Medicine Stories (South End Press, 1998,) and Remedios: Stories of Earth & Iron from the History of Puertorriqueñas (Beacon, 1998.) My work has appeared in dozens of anthologies and been translated into six languages. I am currently working on a new prose poetry book about health and the environment, and a historical mystery set in Puerto Rico in 1897.
Cosecha and Other Stories, with Rosario Morales
South End Press, Palabrera Press, Beacon Press
I'm building a non-toxic and ecologically sustainable mobile home with which to travel the U.S.researching and writing about the connections between my body and the planet, my illnesses and the degradation of our environment from the assaults of greed.
Middle East Children's Alliance, Sins Invalid, Jewish Voice for Peace, Re-evaluation Foundation
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