Heart Strong Wins 2014 Pen Oakland Literary Award

Dec 6, 2014  Rockridge Public Library Oakland, CA

Heart Strong, Selected Poems 2000-2012 by Nina Serrano

2014 Pen Award Recepients, l to r, Askia M. Touré, Roger Reeves, Nina Serrano, Akinjele Omowale Umoja

2014 Pen Award Recepients, l to r, Askia M. Touré, Roger Reeves, Nina Serrano, Akinjele Omowale Umoja

I am thrilled and grateful to receive the Josephine Miles PEN Oakland Award 2014 for Excellence in Literature for my latest book of poems “HEART STRONG, Selected Poems 2000-2012.”

Recognition from the esteemed and knowledgeable group of my literary peers, PEN OAKLAND, fills me with satisfaction that my poems reflecting my life’s work are being recognized. I am humbled to see the other authors also receiving awards in different literary genres at this same ceremony.

The PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Awards were created twenty years ago to honor writers of exceptional works often not acknowledged by the mainstream literary community.  The award honors books published the previous year that both reflect a multi-cultural or marginalized viewpoint and represent the highest standards of literature.

I am glad that my poems, born of the search for the pathways out of confusion or pain, and embracing the joy and love of life itself, strike a chord in others.  I hope they inspire and support readers and listeners in their own journeys.

I am excited for my publisher, Estuary Press, not only because HEART STRONG is being awarded, but also because We Will Shoot Back, by Akinyele Omowale Umoja is also receiving an award and includes a Harvey Richards’ photo licensed by Estuary Press.

Heart Strong, Selected Poems 2000-2012 is available as an ebook and paperback.

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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 84 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to ninaserrano.com or contact her publisher at estuarypress.com. For more detailed information about Nina see About Nina on her website.


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