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

Nina Serrano with Johanna Ely who reads her poem "I am Tired of Waking Up to the Faces of Dead Children"

Nina Serrano with Johanna Ely who reads her poem I am Tired of Waking Up to the Faces of Dead Children

Johanna Ely, Benicia, California Poet Laureate emeritus (2016-2018), speaks out about the school shootings in her poem entitled I Am Tired of Waking Up to the Faces of Dead Children. A retired elementary school teacher, the active poet and mother shares her concern. This moving poem is part of the third episode of Literary Dialog with Nina Serrano to be released on August 18, 2018 here on my website. 

Students March for Our Lives, March 24, 2018, Benicia, CA. Photo from Constance Beutel video on her YouTube Channel.

Students March for Our Lives, March 24, 2018, Benicia, CA. Photo from Constance Beutel video on her YouTube Channel.

After the February 14, 2018 Florida school shooting, youth took up the leadership of the gun control movement. Johanna Ely read I Am Tired of Waking Up to the Faces of Dead Children at the March For Our Lives rally organized by Benicia high school students on March 24, 2018. Students nationwide began intensive voter registration campaigns among young people about to become eligible to vote on their 18th birthday. They also began a campaign of direct confrontation of gun lobbies and politicians who take money from the NRA. While mainstream media would like us to believe that the nation is divided on gun control, polls show that the majority of Americans want stronger restrictions on buying guns.

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 83 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 Nina on her website.

About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Nina Serrano’s novel, 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

 


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