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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

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.

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

Ben Linder, juggling for peace

A Song for Ben Linder U.S. Volunteer killed by the Contras while working to electrify El CUA by Nina Serrano From Heart’s Journey, Selected Poems 1970-1999 Ben Ben You turned on the light The town shining so bright for the … Continue reading

Latin American Influences in San Francisco Theatre

Embracing Community Arts Believe it or not, in the 1970s public media like KQED-TV was federally mandated to give public access to community groups. Seeing artist Jane Norling’s flyer for my bilingual acting workshops  from the 1970’s evoked my memories … Continue reading

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream and the Dreamers

Women in Resistance, Part 2, The Dreamers My youthful college experiences in Wisconsin were inspired by the civil rights movement and my friendship with Jim and Anne McWilliams. Then in 1961, I moved to San Francisco where I lept into … 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

Nina Serrano’s brand new updated website

50 years of a Creative Woman’s Journey Updated website, revised and re-focused on my creative work. Ninaserrano.com has been updated, reorganized and refocused. My poetry, writings, films and radio broadcasts are now front and center, the main focus of the … Continue reading

Education for Storytelling

Storytelling: Children in Creative Arts Storytelling evolved in me as an outgrowth of work with and for children in creative drama, poetry, theatre, film and radio. The birth of my grandchildren propelled me into this oral performance tradition. My earliest … Continue reading

My First Poem: To Roque Dalton Before Leaving

. . . To Fight in El Salvador, 1969 I began writing in 1968 at age 36, when I wrote a video drama with Roque Dalton for Cuban TV. Dalton was an exiled Salvadoran writer living in Havana. My concern … Continue reading

Nicaragua’s Program to End Economic Inequality

Program of Economic Reactivation for the Benefit of the People, 1980 by the Ministry of Planning Translated in 1982. Published in 2017 bilingually. “The 1980 Program was published as a pamphlet in Spanish by the Center of Publications of the … Continue reading

Advent of the Winter Solstice

Advent of the Winter Solstice My Dear, What shall we do through the longest night when the moon and the star remain in sight and dawn hovers in the wings waiting for its interminable cue? My Dear, we will be … Continue reading

Nicaragua Way’s Protagonist: Lorna Almendros

Nina Serrano on Lorna Almendros, the protagonist of Nicaragua Way, a Novel. Nina Serrano describes how the Sandinista movement impacted her protagonist, Lorna Almendros: “Lorna remembers the songs and the portrait of Sandino that her grandfather had showed her and … Continue reading