“Nicaragua Way” Novel by Nina Serrano Forthcoming From Estuary Press

Revolution & Romance Novel Set in Nicaragua and USA, 1970’s – 1980’s

"Diriamba" by Anthony Holdsworth, cover art for "Nicaragua Way"

“Diriamba” by Anthony Holdsworth, cover art for “Nicaragua Way”

The other day my KPFA colleague and fellow poet, Dennis Bernstein asked,

“So Nina, what are you writing? ”

I had to stop and think and switch from my radio producer mode to writer mode. One takes place in the outside world, specifically in the hallowed studios of KPFA-FM in Berkeley, California where a brilliant group of bustling people rush down the halls to record, to edit, and pause by the kitchen area to replenish The other takes place at home by the computer, or in bed with a notebook, or riding on BART in my own bubble scribbling on the side of an envelope. I see Dennis watching expectantly for an answer.

“Well…”. I say, “I am not writing much poetry since I just published the two volumes and am now working on promotion.”

“How’s that going?” he asks.

“OK,” I say with a friendly shrug. Dennis commiserates and moves on.

What am I writing? I am working on the final draft of my novel, Nicaragua Way. The beautiful cover (above) inspires me. A large oil painting by the great artist Anthony Holdsworth who is a plein air painter and goes through his life painting what he sees.

Nicaragua Way is about a Latina poet in San Francisco who becomes deeply engaged in the revolutionary struggles in Nicaragua and the Sandinista solidarity movement in the US. The story is set in San Francisco and Managua between 1974 and 1989, from pre-revolutionary days through the revolutionary triumph and the official end of the revolutionary project with the 1989 election defeat.  Along the way the protagonist writes poems, raises a daughter, falls in love, fears menopause and empty nest blues, faces deaths, intrigue and passions.

Revolutionary Nicaragua  inspired millions around the world, including me and it is from that hope for revolutionary change,  and planetary justice that I write.  Estuary Press will  publish Nicaragua Way in 2014!

Stay tuned. More to come in future posts.




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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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