Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano Featuring QR Hand, Jr

Reading from whose really blues and other works

Nina Serrano and QR Hand, Jr. at Vallejo radio station OZCAT KZCT 89.5 FM, August 2019. Photo by Johanna Ely.

Nina Serrano and QR Hand, Jr. at Vallejo radio station OZCAT KZCT 89.5 FM, August 2019. Photo by Johanna Ely.

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 poems, they are unforgettable for their musicality, beat and content.

Born in New York City in 1938, Q.R. Hand, Jr., immersed himself in the Big Apple world of jazz, ideas, and the active struggle for civil rights, social justice, and peace. He took off to San Francisco in the tumultuous, free wheeling late 1960’s. QR joined the Mission District and North Beach social justice poetry movement and soon became a very unique poetry performer, incorporating African American bebop elements of style. Over the next 5 decades, he performed in countless poetry venues, cafes and bars exerting a wide influence on spoken word and performance art in the Bay Area.

The author of three books of poetry, “i speak to the poet in man”, How Sweet It Is, and whose really blues. He has contributed to many anthologies and edited a collection of poets and essays called “We Came to Play, Writings on Basketball” with the late John Ross. Over the last 25 years, QR has been performing in the experimental poetry and jazz ensemble Word Wind. QR continues to fill notebooks and perform with his lively rhythmic reflections and resistance to our current national politics of hate and greed.

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 85 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 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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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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