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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

World Out of Order by Joe Serrano

Forthcoming Book of 60 Cartoons Because the World Needs a Good Laugh I am proud to announce that Estuary Press will publish “World Out of Order” by my late father, Joe Serrano (1912 – 1987). My poem, “Father’s Day 2020,” … Continue reading

Renaming Peralta Hacienda Historic Park

Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano Featuring Holly Alonso and Diane Wang Renaming Peralta Hacienda Historic Park This edition of Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano focuses on the nationwide rethinking of our colonizing and racist history. Oakland’s Peralta Hacienda Historical Park … Continue reading

Tony Aldarondo, A Soulful and Sensational Poet

Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano featuring Tony Aldarondo Tony Aldarondo is someone new and exciting to hit the poetry scene! Well, new to me. He’d been around for more than a decade but with time out for life’s setbacks that … Continue reading

Black Lives Matter in the Revolution of the Heart

Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano featuring Rafael Jesús González Rafael reads two poems, each in English and Spanish: Wake Up U.S. America!/¡Despierta EE.UU. América! and The Moon Masks Herself/La luna se enmascara, followed by the poets conversation about Black Lives … Continue reading

Pandemic Poems by Nina Serrano

Pandemic Poems These six Pandemic Poems are some I have written while sheltering in place. As an 85 year old poet, I have taken the health warnings to heart because the Covid 19 virus offers a very lonely painful death … Continue reading

Johanna Ely Reading from “Postcards from a Dream”

Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano featuring Johanna Ely Johanna Ely reads from her new book of poems “Postcards from a Dream” on the Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano series in a wide ranging interview about her poetry. In this time … Continue reading

Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano featuring Judith S. Offer

The Grating of America: Poems for a Democracy Ground Down by Judith S. Offer The new book of poems, “The Grating of America: Poems for a Democracy Ground Down” by Judith S. Offer includes editorial cartoons by Nick Anderson as … Continue reading

Advent of Winter Solstice by Nina Serrano

Advent of Winter Solstice A Winter Solstice Poem for You Advent of the Winter Solstice By Nina Serrano My Dear, What shall we do through the longest night when the moon and the star remain in sight and dawn hovers … Continue reading

Explore Nina Serrano

Poetry Heart Suite Trilogy Heart Songs, Heart’s Journey, Heart Strong Poetry Videos Women I Know and I Am So Visible, The Mission Story, Five Poems About the Nature of Love, Poems in the Redwoods, Poems in Balmy Alley, Dreaming, Traces … Continue reading

Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano Celebrates Diane di Prima

Litany for Kathy Acker Silverado Trio at Bird and Beckett Bookstore Litany by Diane di Prima brought us together. QR Hand, Jr. first presented the idea of forming a poetry trio to Thomas Stanton (Benicia’s Poet Laureate) and me after … Continue reading