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Remembering - and listening to - the distinct voice of Michele Serros

by John Rabe and Adolfo Guzman-Lopez | Off-Ramp®

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Author Michele Serros reads from one of her books at Pegasus Books in Berkeley in January 2012. artnoose/Flickr

Southern California poet, novelist, and performer Michele Serros died last weekend of cancer. She was just 48, but in her too short life she made a difference by telling different stories of Mexican-American women in a very different voice.

KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez - a member of the Taco Shop Poets - knew Serros from the 1990s LA poetry scene and wrote the KPCC remembrance of Serros.  He joined me in the Off-Ramp studio to listen to some of Serros' performances on the album "Chicana Falsa," and to tell me more about Serros' place as a public intellectual and how she gave voice to Chicanas with one foot in each culture.

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