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Johanna Ely

Johanna Ely on Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano

August 19, 2018

Sixth Poet Laureate of Benicia, California Johanna Ely is a strong lyrical force among the Benicia poets, hosting readings and publishing two books, Transformation and Tides of the Heart. She became the sixth poet laureate of her beloved Benicia from 2016 to 2018. Johanna Ely always wrote poetry. Johanna Ely always wrote […]

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

August 11, 2018

Trailer for the 3rd Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano featuring Johanna Ely Full Interview Premiers Here on August 18, 2018 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. […]

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Arturo Mantecón on Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano

May 29, 2018

Translator of “Poetry Comes Out of My Mouth” by Mario Santiago Papasquiaro Welcome to “Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano,” the Estuary Press video series. In each episode I dialog with a favorite author and/or translator reading from their own writings. In this first segment I talk with Arturo Mantecón, a […]

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Vanessa Quesada – Run for Peace and Dignity

March 22, 2018

Run for Peace and Dignity from Alaska to Argentina Nina Serrano interview from La Raza Chronicles/KPFA Vanessa Quesada is an Indigenous Chicana who participates in the San Antonio Peace and Dignity Journey, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, and the Society For Native Nations. She has recently returned from the […]

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Reflexiones sobre la película – ¡Qué hacer!

March 19, 2018

Por Nina Serrano, codirector de la película Como uno de los tres directores de la película “Qué Hacer/What is to be Done”, filmada en 1970 en Chile y comercializada en 1973, volví a ver la película en 2018, solo dos años antes de los 50 años posteriores. He cambiado, el planeta ha […]

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Reflections on Que Hacer, 48 Years Later

March 16, 2018

By Nina Serrano, Co-Director of Que Hacer/What Is to Be Done (1973) Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018 Reflections On Que Hacer As one of the three directors of the film “Que Hacer/What Is To Be Done” shot in 1970 in Chile and commercially released in 1973, I watched the film […]

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Maps Lie / Mienten los Mapas, a poem by Rafael Jesús González

February 25, 2018

Interviewed by Nina Serrano, La Raza Chronicles. Maps Lie / Mienten los Mapas Here we are two octogenarians in love with poetry, featuring Maps Lie / Mienten los Mapas, a poem by Rafael Jesús González. Rafael’s words in Spanish and English were never more timely. Rafael Jesús González recently named the first […]

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Song for Ben Linder, Juggling for Peace

February 19, 2018

A Song for Ben Linder U.S. Volunteer killed by the Contraswhile working to electrify El CUA by Nina Serrano From Heart’s Journey, Selected Poems 1970-1999 Ben BenYou turned on the lightThe town shining so brightfor the very first timeOh Ben LinderYou watched all aloneso far from your hometo get the […]

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Latin American Influences in San Francisco Theatre

February 10, 2018

Embracing Community Arts Believe it or not, in the 1970s public media like KQED-TV was federally mandated to give public access to community groups. Seeing artist Jane Norling’s flyer for my bilingual acting workshops  from the 1970’s evoked my memories of Latin American influences in San Francisco theatre local art scene. […]

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Women in Resistance part 2: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream and the Dreamers

January 31, 2018

Women in Resistance, Part 2, The Dreamers Women in Resistance, Part 2 begins with the story of how my youthful college experiences in Wisconsin were inspired by the civil rights movement and my friendship with Jim and Anne McWilliams. Then in 1961, I moved to San Francisco where I lept […]

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Education for Storytelling

January 7, 2018

Education for Storytelling: Children in Creative Arts Storytelling evolved in me as an outgrowth of work with and for children in creative drama, poetry, theatre, film and radio. The birth of my grandchildren propelled me into this oral performance tradition. My earliest performances began at street fairs and malls. I […]

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Advent of the Winter Solstice

December 22, 2017

Advent of the Winter Solstice My Dear, What shall we do through the longest nightwhen the moon and the star remain in sightand dawn hovers in the wingswaiting for its interminable cue? My Dear, we will be posted at our computerscatching the hem of the skirtof every passing musein the […]

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Nicaragua Way’s Protagonist: Lorna Almendros

December 6, 2017

Nina Serrano on Lorna Almendros, the protagonist of Nicaragua Way, a Novel. Nina Serrano describes how the Sandinista movement impacted her protagonist, Lorna Almendros: “Lorna remembers the songs and the portrait of Sandino that her grandfather had showed her and sung to her and told her about. When the Sandinistas […]

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Is there life and romance after 40?

November 29, 2017

Nicaragua Way By Nina Serrano Shares That Journey Worried about life and romance after 40? First of all, I’m now 82 years old, and the book Nicaragua Way actually has reborn me, because I’ve been a poet up till now, and now I’m reborn as a novelist. So Nicaragua Way has […]

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Nina Serrano reviews Lenore Weiss The Golem

November 22, 2017

A review of Lenore Weiss The Golem Poems of Love, Loss and Being Mortal by Nina Serrano Lenore Weiss The Golem: Poems of Love, Loss and Being Mortal is a moving collection of poetry published by Hadassah Word Press. She transports me to where my own wounds of grief and love- […]

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The Story of the Chicken Made of Rags, Musical for Children

September 5, 2017

Audio CD, Story by Nina Serrano, Music by Phil Serrano The Chicken Made of Rags, A Musical Folktale for Children by Nina Serrano“What would Miss Manners say? A ragged, hardworking chicken receives an invitation to an upscale banquet and generously invites her motley flock of feathered friends to join in the festivities. The catch […]

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After the Earthquake Video/Despues del Terremoto

September 5, 2017

1979 Film by Lourdes Portillo and Nina Serrano After the Earthquake / Despues del terremoto was conceived in 1977 or `78 when Lourdes Portillo and I watched a short documentary film about Central America showing a Mary Knoll house building project in Nicaragua filmed by Father Miguel Descoto. We were moved […]

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1980 Nicaraguan Program of Economic Reactivation

May 21, 2017

Available as eBook and Paperback. Bilingual English/Spanish. The 1980 Nicaraguan Program of Economic Reactivation for the Benefit of the People is a historic document from the Nicaraguan Sandinista Revolution that offers a detailed program to address economic inequality that today has spun out of control around the world. It analyses the economic […]

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Ferry: A Poem by Nina Serrano In Memory of Phil Serrano

May 9, 2017

Ferry: A Poem by Nina SerranoIn memory of Phil Serrano For My Beloved Brother Philip Serrano(May 23, 1945- January 11, 2017)(We’ll go no more a roving ….Lord Byron) I was shocked and grievedas I disembarked from the ferryto see the long line of peoplewaiting to boardknowing that evenif I carefully […]

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Nicaragua’s Traditional Memory of Abundance Bilingual Post

April 17, 2017

Sandinistas Champion Nicaragüedad, Memoria tradicional de Nicaragua de la abundancia From the Forward by Anuar Murrar, Sandinista Veteran, to Estuary Press bilingual book Program of Economic Reactivation for the Benefit of the People, 1980 / Plan de reactivación económica en beneficio del Pueblo, 1980 (2017, Estuary Press). “In the early 1980s, […]

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