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Art Activist Nina Serrano Speaking at "Elimination of Violence towards Women and Girls" Rally, San Francisco City Hall, 2008, Photo by Daniel del Solar

Art Activist Nina Serrano Speaking at “Elimination of Violence towards Women and Girls” Rally, San Francisco City Hall, 2008, Photo by Daniel del Solar

Welcome to my art activist blog, a world of poetry, art activism, dance, music, politics, protest, and social action.  Join me in cultural exploration and action in the struggle for peace and justice.

Listen to La Raza Chronicles where you can hear interviews with Latino cultural and political activists, with reports and analyses about movements in the Americas. Hear announcements of important upcoming events in the San Francisco Bay Area.  My segments of the program focus on poets, musicians, dancers, and artists who tell about their latest works and artistic process.  Political leaders and organizers come to the studio to tell us about subjects that don’t appear in the mainstream media such as the Cuban Five, the kidnapping of children in El Salvador, and barrio life and culture.

Open Book: Poet to Poet is a monthly program broadcast on the first Friday of the month at 3PM.  I produce and host Poet to Poet, focusing on poetry and occasionally fiction. I interview writers who read from their works and share their artistic process.  Hearing our conversations about creativity and the poetic path offers listeners a world and framework to enhance their own creativity and find new good books to read.  Tune in.

I often participate in live poetry performances and readings with some of the most exciting and socially engaged poets in the Bay Area.  Check my calendar to find out what’s happening. My poetry appears occasionally on this blog and in my newly published poetry books, Heart’s Journey and Heart Strong (forthcoming) and other publications.

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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 82 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to ninaserrano.comor contact her publisher at For more detailed information about Nina see About Ninaon her website.

About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Nicaragua Way. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of various social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, or visit for more details.

MEDIA – For photos & interviews: Paul Richards (510) 967 5577;

Ferry: A Poem by Nina Serrano In Memory of Phil Serrano

Ferry: A Poem by Nina Serrano For My Beloved Brother Philip Serrano (May 23, 1945- January 11, 2017) (We’ll go no more a roving ….Lord Byron) I was shocked and grieved as I disembarked from the ferry to see the long … Continue reading

One Note Is Mine

Philip John Serrano

A Music Video Celebrating My Beloved Brother Philip John Serrano “One Note Is Mine” is a music video celebrating the life of my beloved brother Philip John Serrano (May 23, 1945 – January 11, 2017.) The video is created by Paul … Continue reading

Invitation to NICARAGUA WAY Book Launch Party

Bright Moments in Hard Times NICARAGUA WAY Book Launch Party is happening. Come and celebrate. You are invited to Book Passages Bookstore by the Sausalito ferry landing in Sausalito, CA, Saturday, April 8 at 4 pm. Book reading and book signing. My … Continue reading

Nina Serrano Reads Ancestors Stir the Pot with Music by Carne Cruda

Hear me read my poem, Ancestors Stir the Pot, with music by Carne Cruda Ancestors Stir the Pot, with music by Carne Cruda 1943, New York City, L-R Mother, Ida Serrano, Father Joe Serrano, Uncle Paul (Augustine Polo), Nina: Serrano. … Continue reading

Ancestors Stir the Pot, a poem

The search for roots and acceptance of death Fortunately, I had a chance to share this poem, Ancestors Stir the Pot, with my beloved brother, Philip Serrano, just before he died suddenly. I am left with the acceptance of death. … Continue reading

On Writing Nicaragua Way 5: Another World Is Possible

Another World Is Possible In this fifth video of a five part series, I discuss the basic premises behind Nicaragua Way and the sources of inspiration that brought me to write a Latino social justice historical novel. It is a story about the struggle … Continue reading

On Writing Nicaragua Way 4: From Memories to Fiction

From Memories to Fiction Welcome to the series of short (around two minutes each) videos about writing Nicaragua Way. In this five part video series Nina Serrano reflects on the sources of inspiration that brought her to write a Latino historical novel. In … Continue reading

Women’s March Shows the Way

Women’s March Oakland, CA, January 21, 2017 “The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States marked commencement of the four-year term of Donald Trump as President …. An estimated 160,000 people attended the public ceremony held on Friday, January 20, 2017…. Along with … Continue reading

Blessed Be Ralph Maradiaga and Galería de la Raza

Blessed Be Ralph Maradiaga

Blessed Be the Latino Cultures of San Francisco On October 8, 2014 I  participated in the Lunada Literary Lounge at the Galería de la Raza in San Francisco, offering my recollections and a poem, Blessed Be Ralph Maradiaga. Ralph was the … Continue reading

On Writing Nicaragua Way 3

Globalized Connections by Nina Serrano Welcome to my series of short (around two minutes each) videos about writing Nicaragua Way. In this five part video series I reflect on the sources of inspiration that brought me to write a Latino historical … Continue reading