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Welcome to my art activist blog, a world of poetry, art activism, dance, music, politics, protest, and social action.  Join me in cultural exploration and action in the struggle for peace and justice.

Art Activist Nina Serrano Speaking at "Elimination of Violence towards Women and Girls" Rally, San Francisco City Hall, 2008, Photo by Daniel del Solar

Art Activist Nina Serrano Speaking at “Elimination of Violence towards Women and Girls” Rally, San Francisco City Hall, 2008, Photo by Daniel del Solar

Listen to La Raza Chronicles where you can hear interviews with Latino cultural and political activists, with reports and analyses about movements in the Americas. Hear announcements of important upcoming events in the San Francisco Bay Area.  My segments of the program focus on poets, musicians, dancers, and artists who tell about their latest works and artistic process.  Political leaders and organizers come to the studio to tell us about subjects that don’t appear in the mainstream media such as the Cuban Five, the kidnapping of children in El Salvador, and barrio life and culture.

Open Book: Poet to Poet is a monthly program broadcast on the first Friday of the month at 3PM.  I produce and host Poet to Poet, focusing on poetry and occasionally fiction. I interview writers who read from their works and share their artistic process.  Hearing our conversations about creativity and the poetic path offers listeners a world and framework to enhance their own creativity and find new good books to read.  Tune in.

I often participate in live poetry performances and readings with some of the most exciting and socially engaged poets in the Bay Area.  Check my calendar to find out what’s happening. My poetry appears occasionally on this blog and in my newly published poetry books, Heart’s Journey and Heart Strong (forthcoming) and other publications.

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About Nina Serrano: Nina is a well-known, international prize-winning inspirational author and poet. With a focus on Latino history and culture, she is also a playwright, filmmaker, KPFA talk show host, a former Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Oakland Magazine’s “best local poet” in 2010, she is a former director of the San Francisco Poetry in the Schools program and the Bay Area’s Storytellers in the Schools program. A Latina activist for social justice, women’s rights, and the arts, Nina Serrano at 82 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to ninaserrano.comor contact her publisher at estuarypress.com. For more detailed information about Nina see About Ninaon her website.

About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Nicaragua Way. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of various social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, paulrichards@estuarypress.com or visit estuarypress.com for more details.

MEDIA – For photos & interviews: Paul Richards (510) 967 5577; paulrichards@estuarypress.com

Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano Featuring Dena and Becky Taylor

Tell Me the Number Before Infinity by Dena and Becky Taylor Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano welcomes the mother and daughter writing duo Dena and Becky Taylor to our show. Their book Tell Me The Number Before Infinity gives us … Continue reading

Forty Years in the Making

Video interview with Nina Serrano and Paul Richards The Story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg Julieta Kusnir interviews Nina Serrano and Paul Richards about the publication of their play The Story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg in book and ebook … Continue reading

The Story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg Update

A Story That Will Not Die! “In short we did not get a fair trial and we were framed.”Julius Rosenberg Toronto Play and Book Announcement Every Autumn, they say the veil between the living and the dead becomes permeable. Ghosts … Continue reading

Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano Featuring DL Lang

People’s Poet Laureate of Vallejo CA DL Lang known to friends as “Diana” is a welcoming and accessible poet who invites Vallejo poets to write and perform for this diverse and beautiful community. DL is one of the most active California … Continue reading

1960s Weather Underground Meets 1930’s Radical Union Organizer

100 Letters from My Father by Charlotte Marchant A Nina Serrano Production: a 1-hour KPFA-FM Special 100 Letters From My Father by Charlotte Marchant: A radical working-class family’s saga told through a dialog between a daughter in the 1960s Weather … Continue reading

Johanna Ely on Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano

Sixth Poet Laureate of Benicia, California Johanna Ely is a strong lyrical force among the Benicia poets, hosting readings and publishing two books, Transformation and Tides of the Heart. She became the sixth poet laureate of her beloved Benicia from 2016 to … Continue reading

Johanna Ely: I Am Tired of Waking Up to the Faces of Dead Children

Trailer for the 3rd Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano featuring Johanna Ely Full Interview Premiers Here on August 18, 2018 Johanna Ely, Benicia, California Poet Laureate emeritus (2016-2018), speaks out about the school shootings in her poem entitled I Am … Continue reading

Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano

A New Series Interviewing Fabulous Writers and Poets   I have been sharing my passion for literature and the spoken word for over half a century! This passion underlies writing my own poems, plays, fiction, radio scripts, and blogs,  directing theatre and films, … Continue reading

Nina Serrano Interviews Genea Brice on Literary Dialogs

Vallejo’s First Poet Laureate has A Way with Words Genea Brice the first poet laureate of Vallejo CA successfully campaigned for 3 years to initiate a poet laureate program in her hometown. Vallejo is a diverse working-class waterfront city on the shores … Continue reading

Arturo Mantecón on Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano

Translator of “Poetry Comes Out of My Mouth” by Mario Santiago Papasquiaro Welcome to “Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano,” the Estuary Press video series. In each episode I dialog with a favorite author and/or translator reading from their own writings. … Continue reading