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Nina Serrano: Supporting World Peace, Civil and Human Rights 

Nina Serrano in her Vallejo home

Nina Serrano in her Vallejo home, 2019

Nina Serrano web site holds many products of my life’s work in supporting world peace, civil and human rights as both an artist and organizer.  Traveling this road led me to encourage the growth of Latino/USA culture and political rights with my artistic and community work, locally and globally.  

My poetry, writings, plays, films, and radio programs helped break the blockade of ideas about the Cuban revolution and the Nicaraguan Sandinista revolution. I created works in film, radio, theater, art exhibits, and poetry to support the fight against the Chilean coup. For many years, I worked to end violence against women here and internationally.  Since 1968 I have been involved in popularizing the poetry of Roque Dalton, El Salvador’s national poet, and my friend and co-author. Also I work towards restorative justice for him and his family. All along this road of struggle for social justice.

I use my creative energies for the growth of bilingual and arts based education through poetry and storytelling. If you are concerned with these issues and want to learn more about them, explore my web site and buy my books. Together we can make a difference.

About Nina Serrano: Nina Serrano 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 85 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to or contact her publisher at For more detailed information about Nina see About Nina on 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, or visit for more details.

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Nina Serrano Home — 10 Comments

  1. Dear Nina,

    Human Agenda and the Center for Farmworker Families are working together to change the state regulation that requires that farmworkers move at least 50 miles away from the state’s 24 migrant camps at the end of the season in order to return to the camps the following season.

    AB 2464, The Farmworker Children’s Education Project, will be carried forward to the state legislature by assemblyman Paul Fong of San Jose. The bill will give farmworkers the option to remain in their children’s school district year round.

    Currently, only 1 in 10 children of farmworkers that grow up in migrant camps graduates from high school compared with 5 in 10 who remain in the same district during the entire school year.

    In order to change the existing regulation, we need bilingual volunteers to collect data from four of the state’s migrant camps. Can you make space in one of your upcoming programs for us to discuss the bill and request volunteers?

    Thank-you for your wonderful program and truly beautiful website.
    Si se puede!!

    Dr. Ann López, Director,
    Center for Farmworker Families
    Professor, and Author: The Farmworkers’Journey, UC Press 2007

  2. I really enjoyed the interview today with Kathleen Weaver. Your leading questions allowed just enough background and introduction to her interesting comments and her beautiful poetry. Many thanks .

    Laurie Baumgarten

  3. this is the first i that i have heard of AB-2464. having to up root one’s family so that they have the opportunity to remain in migrant housing seems is unbelievable. having to move is bad enough but being pulled out of school is even worse ……. please keep me up dated on this and other issues…… thank you ….Marcelino Ortiz

  4. hola Nina

    Congratulations on the opus!
    I coveted Danny’s attendance at several of my plays; he could bring variety outpourings from the innovative imaginations to concrete counsel to enhance your project. Danny’s gusto for life buoyed him with his struggles to define the whims of Mother Earth and Father Time. Questions we ponder on the why’s, who’s, where’s, when’s of life. I could go on but then.

    I am working on another script for the purse and not the art. Last year, I learned that I need a hellva lot more than a one-man band to produce a scatological slapstick show “SEX on Trial. Boy what a thrill it wiz! To produce with music directors, slapstick director, choreography and all the little nuts and bolts it takes to put on a show. From the process, I have a better idea of what I need for the show.
    My next play is “Pink Orgone” a small cast of two-four actors, with as little production values with no sets, minimal costumes. I have a first draft and now working on the re-write. I have two other scripts on the back burners.
    I hope you and your loved ones are enjoying good health.
    My email,

    Rompe su appendido


  5. Dear Nina,

    I am a filmmaker-photographer in San Francisco. I just came back from Havana where I visited Pablo Armando. I grew up in the same town in Cuba where he grew up. I see you have translated very well some of his poems. I would appreciate hearing from you, talking to you about him, what you know about him.

    Thank you, Paul

  6. Hello,
    My name is Beatriz Serrano, and Nina Serrano is my first cousin. I just learnt about my cousin because of a DNA that my son Eddie Buendia got Nina’s name. It is extraordinary to hear about her and who this wonderful person is, my cousin, whom I met at an early age (9 years old) and lost contact. Could you be so kind as to tell her that we met as young children in New York would like to be in touch with Nina. My email address is and my phone is 818-419-5222 and I live in Los Angeles, Burbank area.

    Thank you so much,

    Beatriz Serrano

  7. Hello Nina,
    You were my teacher at the drama group at the YWCA on Sutter Street in the 60’s, then we went on together working with Fred Hayden on Changeover and the little agit-prop shows we did on a flatbed truck. I was with Bobby Boles on haight street then at the Boot hook and lived across the street from you on Hoffman. During SIP I have been going through my old file cabinet and found the handwritten lyrics to Red Hot Mama from Changeover, and the script. I found the recording of Who Am I, but not Red Hot Mama. Those were some really great times, and I will never forget what I learned from you or how much fun we had. I should love to talk to you sometime, I am still or again, in San Francisco.

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