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Crosscurrents

Poet Tureeda Mikell Uses Words To Heal And Push Back Against Injustice

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Poet Tureeda Mikell

Oakland Poet Tureeda Mikell has many stories to tell. Her first book "Synchronicity: The Oracle of Sun Medicine" is a collection of poetry that covers spirituality and Black culture, while also challenging organized religion and institutionalized racism.

"Everything is connected."

Tureeda is an award-winning poet and educator. Back in the day, she spent part of her nursing career working at the Black Panther Party’s health clinic in Oakland. And now she’s a published author. Tureeda is also an empath and Story Medicine Woman. In this interview, she talks about her spirituality why she believes everything is connected. 

"Synchronicity: The Oracle of Sun Medicine" is published by Nomadic Press.

Click the play button above to listen to the interview.

This interview was produced by Jenee Darden and engineered by Tarek Fouda and Gabe Grabin.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.