Presented at the Alice Walker Event, Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart, Part 2
October 18, 2018, KPFA Benefit of Alice Walker reading at the First Congregational Church in Berkeley, California.
Nina Serrano Poems forms Part Two of Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano’s presentation of Alice Walker reading from “Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart” at the First Congregational Church in Berkeley, California. (For Part 1, click here.) The video begins with the reading of my own poems and concludes with more poems from my Heart Suite Trilogy. This blog post is the second part of my three-episode video series of the Alice Walker event. The third and concluding episode, coming next, covers our conversation and audience feedback.
I was excited from the day Bob Baldock invited me to host Alice Walker reading from her new book of poems, Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart (2018, Simon and Schuster, Bilingual Edition) at a live KPFA benefit. When I actually read the book, I went from excited to thrilled. It spoke to all the arrows in my own heart just recently recovered from heart valve replacement surgery.
Bob said it would be a simple format. I am introduced, I introduce Alice Walker, she reads from her new book of poems, for a half hour and I read my own poems for 10 minutes. This would be followed by the two of us speaking together. Yes, I could do that. But, I blanched at the idea of my local poet poems with her world famous poems. But then, I realized they are both poems from our wounded though still beating activist hearts. Yes, I could do that! !Si, se puede!
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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