My Short Poem Video Series

Short Poem Video with Visual Art and Music


On this page you can find our short poem videos series. Each video is under five minutes and includes readings of my shortest poems, with visuals and music by community artists produced and edited by Paul Richards, Estuary Press. Over the decades of reading poetry in public, I seldom include these very short poems. Yet they are some of my favorites.

The short poem video series will bring these under-one-minute poems to you, for the first time. All of these poems are in my three books of poetry (Heart Suite trilogy) published by Estuary Press: Heart Songs Collected poems of Nina Serrano 1969-1980, Heart’s Journey, Selected Poems 1980-1999, Heart Strong, Selected Poems 2000-2012.

For me and Estuary Press, this is a challenging and fun medium. It comes into being in response to the widespread use of mobile devices and tablets.  We imagine people standing on lines and sitting in waiting rooms filling moments with poetry.  Presenting short poem videos is a subversive idea in a consumer maddened medium filled with tensions and bad news twenty four hours a day. We believe this is a positive and healthy alternative for the mind and body. Poetry heals the scars of the daily abuse that commercialism brings us. Share these videos and fight the power!

We will be adding new titles as more videos are created in the coming weeks and months.

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.

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