PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Heart Strong

Heart Strong, Selected Poems 2000-2012 by Nina Serrano

Wins 2014 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature.

Heart Songs Cover front and back

Cover for Heart Strong, Selected Poems 2000-2012 by Nina Serrano. Cover Art by Adrian Arias.

I am thrilled and grateful to receive this award. PEN Oakland goes beyond the similes and metaphors of literature to address the greater role of all human endeavors to make the world a better place. This is especially so when our dear planet is undergoing such abuse and pain with its constant wars and continuing contamination.
Recognition from such an esteemed and knowledgeable group of literary peers fills me with hope and satisfaction that my poems of love, cosmic mystery, family, community, social and ecological justice, reflecting my life’s work are being recognized.  I am glad that my tendency to dreaming through days and calendars searching for the pathways out of confusion or pain, towards embracing the joy and love of life itself through poetry writing strikes a chord in others.  I hope it inspires and supports them in their own journey.
The 2014 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award will be presented December 6, 2014, 1-4 PM at the Rockridge branch of the Oakland Library.
“The PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Awards were created twenty years ago to honor writers of exceptional works often not acknowledged by the mainstream literary community.  Judged by respected writers, the awards honor books published the previous year that both reflect a multi-cultural or marginalized viewpoint and represent the highest standards of literature.”  John Curl, Vice President, PEN Oakland Board.
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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.


PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Heart Strong — 2 Comments

  1. It is so inspiring to see that your life’s passion is so lovingly recognized.
    Muchos abrazos

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