Synopses & Reviews
“This warrior of light fearlessly uses words to
resurrect love, hope, truth & beauty all in celebration of life.”
- AVEL LOUISE GORDLY: activist, educator, Oregon legislator
"Turiya Autry's work as a teacher, artist, and humanitarian
comes full circle in 'Roots, Reality & Rhyme!' Each section takes the reader on a journey, a deep dive into Autry's world. The joy, personal history, and the passion will stick with you long after you put down the book. I've been spell bound by Autry's poems when she performs them live, their translation to the page has just as much power and resonance."
- AL LETSON: actor, poet, playwright, creator and host of NPR's State of the Re:Union
"In this book, Turiya Autry parades through your imagination- singing, stomping & dancing with memories from the four corners of your brain."
- BOOTS RILEY of THE COUP: artistic agitator
“At the end of the day, love will save us, but first we must confront our voyeuristic & disconnected relationship to the violence that composes our world. Turiya’s poems are a meditation on the ‘maimed & misplaced’ dance steps that waltz us through this journey. With a woman’s sensuality, a mother’s care & an activists’ heart, Roots Reality & Rhyme provides an emotional blueprint for imagining ourselves
back into a gorgeously mended & full humanity.”
Christa Bell- artist, performer, writer, cultural healer
“In this book there is beauty & power. Turiya's poems are like gifts that give fully every drop of their essence from the page into your mind. I imagine them as stones willing themselves into flight, from terrestrial gravity into stellar weightlessness. They fall back to the page musically only to give again with each reading.”
- MIC CRENSHAW: cultural activist, poet, educator
About the Author
"sometimes words are the only weapons available to gods on earth." - from the poem Grandpa Trickster
For years, artist, author and educator, Turiya Autry has been bringing a bold strong voice to encourage social change across the nation. Whether directing youth programs, teaching, rocking the mic or working behind the scenes, Turiya is a positive motivational force. Through her work she encourages people to look more critically & lovingly upon the world around them.
For nearly two-decades Turiya has spent her time educating, motivating and inspiring audiences of all ages. Collaborating and opening for renowned leaders like Nikki Giovanni, Angela Davis, Saul WIlliams and Hillary Clinton,
As a teaching artist she provides assemblies, workshops & residencies to over 50 different schools K-12. Creating and delivering 18 unique university courses across four departments, Turiya has built a veritable trunk show on culture and identity. Her work incorporates the arts, pop culture, history along with the issues and struggles that arise in relation to identity, power and privilege.
Her recently released collection of poetry, Roots, Reality & Rhyme is a poetic journey that bridges the personal & political, the mythic & the real.