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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 estuarypress.com. 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, paulrichards@estuarypress.com or visit estuarypress.com for more details.

MEDIA – For photos & interviews: Paul Richards (510) 967 5577; paulrichards@estuarypress.com

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

On Writing Nicaragua Way 2

A Nation of Immigrants 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 … Continue reading

On Writing Nicaragua Way 1

Sandinista Memories 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

A Winter Solstice Poem for You

Advent of the Winter Solstice By Nina Serrano My Dear, What shall we do through the longest night when the moon and the star remain in sight and dawn hovers in the wings waiting for its interminable cue? My Dear, we … Continue reading

The Mission Story

Reviewing the past reveals its relevance The Mission Story is about my arrival in the barrio in 1961 when I first began gathering impressions that became the setting for my historical novel, Nicaragua Way which is set in the Mission district of San Francisco … Continue reading

Nina Serrano, Author, opens a Youtube channel

The Nina Serrano YouTube Video Channel The Nina Serrano YouTube video channel features inspirational videos of poetry performances, interviews on theater and culture, and her life in the arts. She is an award winning poet and film maker concerned with … Continue reading