KPFA Radio 94.1 FM presents
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:30 pm
First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
Tickets: $12, brownpapertickets.com, Marcus Books, Pegasus Books (3 stores), Books Inc (Berkeley), Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs. Dalloway’s, $15 door
Alice Walker, the author of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Novel, The Color Purple, now offers us seventy poems ranging from personal self-inquiry into the liberating world of activism, love, hope, and gratitude.
Whether she’s urging us to preserve this earthly paradise or to simply behold the necessity of beauty to the spirit, Alice constantly encourages us to honor the divine that lives within each of us. She is a revolutionary poet, as always bearing witness to our troubled times, yet revealing the solid grounds for inspiration and hope.
Taking the Arrow Out Of the Heart is bilingual, with opposing pages in English and Spanish expressing the author’s love of both people and both cultures, drawing them closer together rather than following the president’s terrible example of forcing us apart.
A prolific writer in many genres, Alice Walker has become a canonical figure in American letters and a beloved activist internationally. Her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages around the world, and have sold more than fifteen million copies. Her fiction titles The Color Purple, The Temple of My Familiar, Meridian, Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart, and Possessing the Secret of Joy. Her non-fiction: In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens, We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For, and Possessing the Secret of Joy. Her poetry titles are Revolutionary Petunias, Hard Times Require Furious Dancing, and The World Will Follow Joy.
Nina Serrano is an American poet, writer, translator, filmmaker and independent media producer. She is a veteran KPFA program host-producer focusing on literature, Latinx and world affairs programs since 1961. A PEN Oakland prize-winning poet, she has published 3 books of poetry: Heart Songs, Heart’s Journey, Heart Strong– and a novel Nicaragua Way. She currently produces Literary Dialogs with Nina Serrano on ninaserrano.com and her Youtube channel as well as her regular KPFA programs: La Raza Chronicles, Cover to Cover and Open Book. She was a co-founder of the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, served as an Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and is a former director of San Francisco’s Poetry in the Schools program and the Stagebridge Storytelling in the Schools program.