Nina Serrano Interviews Poet Laureate devorah major-KPFA-fm

devorah major Reads Her Poetry and Discusses Her Work

devorah major, Poet Laureate, San Francisco, 2002-20006

devorah major, Poet Laureate, San Francisco, 2002-20006

devorah major Poet Laureate, uses the lower case for her name, but makes a powerful impact with her poetry. Born and raised in California, devorah major served as San Francisco Poet Laureate 2002 through 2006. She can be heard reading her poetry and discussing her work with Nina Serrano on KPFA-fm 94.1 on Friday, July 5. 2013 at 3pm on OPEN BOOK: Poet to Poet.  The program can be downloaded an hour after broadcast at – under ARCHIVES and then click the date and time.

In addition to being a poet she is a performer, lecturer, fiction and creative non-fiction writer, and editor. A trained actress and former dancer, devorah approaches poetry as both a written and performing art. Hearing her read her poetry in her warm vibrant, expressive voice adds to the experience of the poem.

Daughter of the famed author Clarence Major she was raised amidst lively and profound conversations about literature and particularly Black literature. devorah’s own poetry is noted for its universal concern for all peoples, a special tenderness for the oppressed and its strong opposition to racism and social injustice. Her latest book is a flip book written collaboratively with Opal Palmer Adisa. The two dynamic poets often perform together as Daughters of Yam.

The program is produced by Nina Serrano and Jill Montgomery.

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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.


Nina Serrano Interviews Poet Laureate devorah major-KPFA-fm — 1 Comment

  1. Dear Nina..
    Great website.. I have always loved your voice, and appreciated the nuances with which you read. As the years go by, it keeps on getting richer and warmer and certainly has always been inimitable. I was listening again the other night to my birthday concert last year when you were kind enough to read a translation and some other things. What you did was simply awe-inspiring and I wanted to thank you again and again for being part of the occasion.

    Not only that, your poetry knocks me out! Write on!
    Love, Barbara

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