Johanna Ely: I Am Tired of Waking Up to the Faces of Dead Children

Trailer for the 3rd Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano featuring Johanna Ely

Full Interview Premiers on August 18, 2018 on ninaserrano.com

Johanna Ely and Nina Serrano on Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano, airing on August 18, 2018 on ninaserrano.com.

Johanna Ely and Nina Serrano on Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano, airing on August 18, 2018 on ninaserrano.com.

Johanna Ely, Benicia, California Poet Laureate emeritus (2016-2018), speaks out about the school shootings in her poem entitled I Am Tired of Waking Up to the Faces of Dead Children. A retired elementary school teacher, the active poet and mother shares her concern. This moving poem is part of the third episode of Literary Dialog with Nina Serrano to be released on August 18, 2018 on Nina Serrano’s website, ninaserrano.com.

After the February 14, 2018 Florida school shooting, youth took up the leadership of the gun control movement. Johanna Ely read I Am Tired of Waking Up to the Faces of Dead Children at the March For Our Lives rally organized by Benicia high school students on March 24, 2018. Students nationwide began intensive voter registration campaigns among young people about to become eligible to vote on their 18th birthday. They also began a campaign of direct confrontation of gun lobbies and politicians who take money from the NRA. While mainstream media would like us to believe that the nation is divided on gun control, polls show that the majority of Americans want stronger restrictions on buying guns.

More on Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano

Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano is a new series featuring fabulous writers and poets reading from their own works in conversation with Nina Serrano. Produced by Estuary Press, the series will appear on her Youtube channel and on her website. Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano is designed to spread the love of language as we move in resistance to the forces of hate, ignorance, and cruelty.

Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano will also air on Nina’s KPFA radio programs La Raza Chronicles on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 7 pm; and on Open Book series, airing on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, as well as occasionally excerpted for the Cover to Cover Nina and Jack show on the first Wednesday of the month.

The series began with Nina’s May 29, 2018 interview featuring Arturo Mantecón, translator of the Mexico City beat poet, Mario Santiago Papasquiaro’s Poetry Comes Out of My MouthThe second episode features her interview with Genea Brice, the first Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California, reading from her book, A Way with Words.   Subscribe to Nina’s blog and stay in touch.

About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Nicaragua Way by Nina Serrano and Heart Suite, a trilogy of three books of poetry by Nina Serrano. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of the 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.

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