Nina Serrano Interviews Genea Brice on Literary Dialogs

Vallejo’s First Poet Laureate has A Way with Words

Genea Brice the first poet laureate of Vallejo CA successfully campaigned for 3 years to initiate a poet laureate program in her hometown. Vallejo is a diverse working-class waterfront city on the shores of two rivers: the Napa River and the Sacramento River that flow into San Pablo Bay.

Genea Brice’s inspiring work reflects Vallejo in its praise of the natural world within and around it as well as her deep love and belief in people. You can feel it in her words as it reaches out to you and leaves you empowered.  Genea digs into her African-American culture with its resilient energy, attitude, and spiritual force. She loves the English language and moves in it with imagination and spirit. Her words are accessible and profound, influenced by a call and response format and ancestral traditions.

Genea Brice is a grandmother and lifelong learner and teacher, having recently received her Doctor of Divinity. She used her 2-year term as poet laureate to bring the love and fun of poetry into the Vallejo schools (K-12) and enrich the community with many poems written for civic organizations and events. her vibrant presence will be sorely missed as she leaves for a new adventure in Texas.

Click on the video to experience the vibrancy of her poetry and presence. You can find her books, A Way With Words (poetry) and Weaned in the Desert (autobiography) by clicking on the titles in this text.

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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 or contact her publisher at For more detailed information about Nina see About Nina on her website.

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