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Professor Turiya Autry

Artist, author and educator, Turiya Autry brings a bold strong voice to encourage social change and creativity 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.

Turiya has created and taught curriculum, for close to 20 unique university courses across four departments at Portland State University. She returns to PSU, for the 2016-2017 academic year to deliver fully on-line courses. This will be her tenth year teaching as faculty and she also taught for three years as student instructor in FRINQ and the English Department. In 2007 she received the Jon Eliot Outstanding teacher award and over the years she coordinated a wide array of campus and community events. 

For two-decades, Turiya has been educating, motivating and inspiring audiences of all ages.  As a teaching artist, creative writer and performer she's provided performances, workshops, classes and residencies to over fifty K-12 schools, over two dozen colleges and hundreds of venues throughout the United States as well as performances in Mexico, Canada and Rwanda. Opening for renowned leaders and artists including Angela Davis, bell hooks, John Trudell, Nikki Giovanni and Saul Williams; Turiya delivers messages that resonate with wide audiences. Her work incorporates the arts, pop culture and history with personal, community and political struggles.