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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 QR Hand, Jr

Reading from whose really blues and other works In my interview with friend and fellow poet QR Hand Jr., he discusses his family, publications, and shares his poems recited in his one and only style. Once you have heard his … Continue reading

Devorah Major on Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano

This episode of Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano, features Devorah Major, the first African-American poet laureate of San Francisco who served from 2002-2006 as the city’s 3rd Poet Laureate.

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Love Thy Neighbor

Nina Serrano Poetry at Solano County Fair My Love Thy Neighbor poem at the Solano County Fair evolved from my experiences way back in 1945, when I was a ten year old New York City child and I saw the … Continue reading

Cops Kill Black Men

Cops Kill Black Men Image

Listen to my latest poem, Cops Kill Black Men, about Vallejo CA with an original soundtrack by Alameda composer Howard Harawitz. It is a regional story resounding globally. Vallejo CA is in need of a new police chief with a … Continue reading

Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano featuring Thomas Stanton

Thomas Stanton and Nina Serrano

7th poet laureate of Benicia, California Thomas Stanton and Nina Serrano Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano featuring Thomas Stanton, recorded in February of 2019, is my 4th California poet laureate interview on Literary Dialogues. It was fun because Tom defies all … Continue reading

Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano Featuring Nina Serrano Poems

Presented at  the Alice Walker Event, Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart, Part 2 October 18, 2018, KPFA Benefit of Alice Walker reading at the First Congregational Church in Berkeley, California. Nina Serrano Poems forms Part Two of Literary … Continue reading

2 Poems Celebrating International Women’s Month, March, 2014

“Women I Know” and “I Am So Visible” by Nina Serrano   Women I Know and I Am So Visible from Nina Serrano. THE STORY BEHIND “I AM SO VISIBLE” Performing my poems from Heart Strong celebrating International Women’s Month … Continue reading

Beryl Landau and Anthony Holdsworth: An Art Review

Artists Reception at Alley Cat Books, March 23, 2019 Not since Frida and Diego have I seen a painting artist couple whose works are such hallmarks of their time and such a deep pleasure to view. The current joint exhibit … Continue reading

Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano Featuring Alice Walker

Reading from “Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart” KPFA.org Benefit October 18, 2018 I am honored to present Alice Walker’s KPFA benefit reading held at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley for Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano in a … Continue reading

Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream”

Women in Resistance, Part 1, by Nina Serrano, author of Nicaragua Way Today, as a woman writer, I look back on my civil rights movement activism and understand its role so many decades later in creating my first novel, Nicaragua Way, … Continue reading