Welcome to My Poetry Page

My poetry/poems are journal entries from my heart and my dreams.  My poetic world encompasses my friends,  family, home, community, city, travels, including death, birth, menstruation, menopause, youth, aging, cosmology, seasons, nature and the eternal mysteries of life.

Love Passed Over Us Like a Cloud

Havana Moon by Nina Serrano

Havana Moon by Nina Serrano

Love passed over us like a cloud.
The air was filled with sandalwood and secrets.
It could have gone on forever
but clouds, like the moon,
have schedules and duties to perform.
So we moved on
to rush through love.

I began writing poetry in 1969 and continue up to the present.  These 44 years of poetry writings are now published in a trilogy of poetry books entitled Heart Suite.  Volume one is Heart Songs, Collected Poems of Nina Serrano (1969-1979).  Volume 2 is Heart’s Journey, Selected Poems 1980-1999.  And volume three is Heart Strong, Selected Poems 2000-2012.  All are available on this web site in paperback and ebook formats.



Dreamer by Nina Serrano

Dreamer by Nina Serrano

Dreams of a room
with a door half open
spirits move through the crack in the door
I awake
the door shuts
on another world of events
I can’t remember

You will find texts of my poems, poetry videos  and audio recordings of my readings and the poetry scene I am immersed in, as well as upcoming events.  I participate in many poetry readings in the San Francisco Bay Area regularly where I present my latest works and hear the poetry of my contemporaries, whose poems and concerns deeply influence me.

My Hand by Nina Serrano

My Hand by Nina Serrano

Barrio Hand Greeting
Sliding hands
and then
a brief
fist to fist


First Spring

Queen of Hearts by Nina Serrano

Queen of Hearts by Nina Serrano

The innocent infant in his happiness
looks at me with such open love
as he would melt to be part of me
Part of me he is
Yet all his own
It is a lovely world he is born into
Flowers bloom for him for the first time
He loves without fear of loss or the end of love
The end of love is the loneliest place of all

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


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

Heart Suite Now on Google Play, Kobo Books and Barnes and Noble, iTunes

Heart Suite eBook Availability Expands to Google Play, Kobo Books and Barnes and Noble Until now, Nina Serrano’s trilogy of poetry books, Heart Suite, has only been available on Amazon’s Kindle Books. Now Estuary Press has expanded the availability of … Continue reading

A Poem for You: On New Years Day Unicorns Fly

On New Years Day Unicorns Fly The year ends in pajamas and nibbles of holiday leftovers and tying up loose ends tossing out clutter that gets in the way of winged unicorns preparing for flight and the soaring journey of … Continue reading

A Life in Poetry

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

Dance Poetry Video: To Die of Joy in the River

Dance Poetry: A Moving Experience (Scroll down for the video.) Dance Poetry is an ancient form but new to me.  On April 19, 2013 I had the thrilling experience of reciting my poem with the inter-generational dance company, Dance Generators, as … Continue reading

Heart Songs, The Collected Poems of Nina Serrano (1969-1979)

Heart Songs: The Collected Poems of Nina Serrano, 1969-1980, was first published by Editorial Pocho Che, a Latino literary collective, as part of a three-book 10th anniversary series.  The other two books were Raul Salinas’ now classic Un Trip through the … Continue reading

Heart’s Journey, Selected Poems 1980-1999

I am proud to announce the publication of Heart’s Journey: Selected Poems, 1980-1999 by Nina Serrano.  The cover of the book, pictured here on the right (click on it to enlarge), shows my drawings included in the book from my journals of those … Continue reading