I have been a master storyteller in the elementary schools. I worked as a storytelling coach at Stagebridge for many years and serve as an educational consultant. My guide “Pass it On: How to Start a Senior Storytelling Program in the Schools” is entering into a second edition. I have been the director of arts-based school programs: Poetry in the Schools and Storytelling in the Schools.
I served for 8 years on the Alameda County Arts Commission.
Nina and descendants, 2011
Here I am with my descendants. I am the mother of two, grandmother of 6 and great grandmother of 4.
My journey as a poet led me into translations of poetry and prose from Spanish to English. With a childhood familiarity with the Spanish language, Latino roots (Colombia), and deep interest in Latin American culture, I came to embrace the labor-intensive … Continue reading →
Fifty Years of Radio for the Community My radio work began in 1961 when during my first morning in California, I heard KPFA-FM, 94.1 Free Speech Radio (Pacifica Network) and immediately began producing drama and literature, children’s and public affairs programs. I … Continue reading →
Drama: A Life in the Theatre Drama for me began with my childhood love of performing on stage. As a young adult I taught creative dramatics in schools and community centers. I incorporated theatre into my social and cultural activism. … Continue reading →
Writing Poetry Started in 1968 I began writing poetry in 1968 at age 36, when I wrote a video drama with Roque Dalton for Cuban TV. Dalton was an exiled Salvadoran writer living in Havana. My concern for his safety … Continue reading →