I am Nina Serrano, a poet, writer, storyteller, and independent radio/media producer living in Oakland CA. My poems and translations are widely anthologized in literary journals and anthologies. Nina Serrano Radio offers my weekly segments from La Raza Chronicles, my monthly programs on Open Book, Poet to Poet and Radio Chronicles broadcasts on KPFA-fm, 94.1 radio.
I have won international film awards, including the Venice Film Festival prize for Directing for my work on the film Que Hacer/What Is To Be Done in 1971. I am a co-founder of the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco’s Mission District, where I am still actively involved.
I have been a master storyteller in the elementary schools. I worked as a storytelling coach at Stagebridge for many years and serve as an educational consultant. My guide “Pass it On: How to Start a Senior Storytelling Program in the Schools” is entering into a second edition. I have been the director of arts-based school programs: Poetry in the Schools and Storytelling in the Schools.
I served for 8 years on the Alameda County Arts Commission.
Here I am with my descendants. I am the mother of two, grandmother of 6 and great grandmother of 4.