Heart Strong, Selected Poems 2000-2012 by Nina Serrano
Wins 2014 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature.
I am thrilled and grateful to receive this award. PEN Oakland goes beyond the similes and metaphors of literature to address the greater role of all human endeavors to make the world a better place. This is especially so when our dear planet is undergoing such abuse and pain with its constant wars and continuing contamination.
Recognition from such an esteemed and knowledgeable group of literary peers fills me with hope and satisfaction that my poems of love, cosmic mystery, family, community, social and ecological justice, reflecting my life’s work are being recognized. I am glad that my tendency to dreaming through days and calendars searching for the pathways out of confusion or pain, towards embracing the joy and love of life itself through poetry writing strikes a chord in others. I hope it inspires and supports them in their own journey.
The 2014 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award will be presented December 6, 2014, 1-4 PM at the Rockridge branch of the Oakland Library.
“The PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Awards were created twenty years ago to honor writers of exceptional works often not acknowledged by the mainstream literary community. Judged by respected writers, the awards honor books published the previous year that both reflect a multi-cultural or marginalized viewpoint and represent the highest standards of literature.” John Curl, Vice President, PEN Oakland Board.