Interviewed by Nina Serrano, La Raza Chronicles.
Here we are two octogenarians in love with poetry, featuring Maps Lie / Mienten los Mapas, a poem by Rafael Jesús González. Rafael’s words in Spanish and English were never more timely. Rafael Jesús González recently named the first poet laureate of Berkeley California has been a frequent guest on La Raza Chronicles radio over the years. His work is bilingual, topical, and universal. While his poems often address the latest problems we face and embrace anger at the injustices, they are always uplifting with deeply rooted spiritual values. Rafael writes in two languages, English and Spanish. His poems come to him in either language. perhaps reflecting his early formative years living on the US/Mexcian border of El Paso, Texas with its easy flow of language and culture, back and forth.
We were recording Maps Lie / Mienten los Mapas, a poem by Rafael Jesús González for our regular KPFA-fm radio program “La Raza Chronicles”. My husband Paul Richards, who was engineering in our home studio wanted to add video to the session. So without makeup, set design, and whatever else, we just did it. Adding the camera, lavalier mics, and turning on some reading lamps. It was so much fun. We want to do this more often and offer the edited pieces as scheduled video posts. So, there will be more multimedia versions of Latino cultural and public affairs in the USA to come. Hope you enjoy this as much as we did! We’d love to hear from you at ninaserrano.com.
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 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit estuarypress.com for more details.
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