Reader’s Cafe Poetry Reading Thursday 9/25/14

“Politics of Memory” featuring Nina Serrano and James Tracy

Fort Mason, San Francisco, 6:30 PM


James TracyTwo longtime Bay Area cultural activists, Nina Serrano and James Tracy, share their poems at a Reader’s Cafe poetry reading, “Politics of Memory.” Their poems feature similar universal themes: Love, justice, war and peace, nature, heart break, family, narratives, autobiography and more.

Join us at the Fort Mason Reader’s Cafe, a friendly cafe and bookstore offering a wide range of new and used books for browsing and buying to benefit the Friends of the San Francisco Library. There’s a small tasty cafe on this picturesque waterfront site. Poet Jack Hirschman curates this fascinating one hour diverse series, pairing exciting poets for weekly Thursday early evening readings from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. 

Nina Serrano’s poetry books, Heart Songs, Heart’s Journey, and Heart Strong, are available for purchase here.

The Past

by Nina Serrano

Sometimes the past slams the door in your face
Even if you phone first to say that you are coming
Even if you politely bring
a bouquet of flowers
It is no matter to the impervious past
that doesn’t care about future consequences
because they already happened.
The past turns its back and leaves me
pounding on its portals.
My cries echo in the dust.

©Nina Serrano, 2014
from Turning a Thought Upside Down, edited by Andrena Zawinski
Scarlet Tanager Books

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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.


Reader’s Cafe Poetry Reading Thursday 9/25/14 — 2 Comments

  1. Dear Nina,
    Thank you for “the Past”. Like so many of your poems, bringing together people, past and future, love, politics, longing, struggle, hope and sometimes despair, it rings with poignancy for me.
    With love and gratitude,

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