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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

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

Universal Earth Justice Peace Flag and Button

Nina Serrano Interviews Rafael Jesús González Poet Laureate of Berkeley, California creates a symbol for the Grand Vision to Unite Us All: A whole earth (entire, healthy, integral) capable of supporting all life. I had the pleasure of interviewing Rafael Jesús … Continue reading

Vanessa Quesada – Run for Peace and Dignity

She Ran from Alaska to Argentina Nina Serrano interview from La Raza Chronicles/KPFA Vanessa Quesada – Run for Peace and Dignity – is an Indigenous Chicana who participates in the San Antonio Peace and Dignity Journey, the Esperanza Peace and … Continue reading

Reflexiones sobre la película – ¡Qué hacer!

Por Nina Serrano, codirector de la película Como uno de los tres directores de la película “Qué Hacer/What is to be Done”, filmada en 1970 en Chile y comercializada en 1973, volví a ver la película en 2018, solo dos años … Continue reading

Reflections on Que Hacer, 48 Years Later

By Nina Serrano, Co-Director of Que Hacer/What Is to Be Done (1973) Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018 Reflections On Que Hacer As one of the three directors of the film “Que Hacer/What Is To Be Done” shot in 1970 in … Continue reading

An International Woman’s Day Tribute to Nina Serrano

2018 International Women’s Day Chile Lindo is presenting an International Woman’s Day Tribute to Nina Serrano with a film screening of “What Is To Be Done?/Que Hacer?” There will be a question and answer session with Nina Serrano, empanadas and wine … Continue reading