CAMARILLO, Calif. - Oxnard-born poet and writer Michele Serros left some of her prized possession to California State University, Channel Islands. They went on display on Valentine's Day, her favorite holiday.
Serros died of oral cancer in Berkeley in 2015, at the age of 48.
The exhibit, inside the John Spoor Broome Library, on the Camarillo campus includes her correspondence with writer Judy Blume.
Blume encouraged Serros to write after she wrote to Blume and told the author about her parents divorce. They stayed in touch.
The exhibit also includes her key to the city of Oxnard, TV scripts she wrote for George Lopez, skateboards, punk rock records and a desk her mother gave her.
Copies of the books that made her famous, including Chicana Falsa and How to be a Chicana Role. are also on display.
In a La Plaza television interview, Serros said she was not comfortable with those names. She said, "I grew up fourth generation Californian, to me all my experiences; the beach, the malls, avocados are very Californian, I happen to be Chicana."
Her writing and humor got noticed and led to here reciting poetry while on tour with the Lalapalooza music festival.
Serros is survived by her husband Antonio Magana, who is also from Oxnard. Magana runs a vegetarian restaurant named Flaco in Berkeley.
He said Michele would have been honored by exhibits Valentine's Day turnout.
Magana encouraged people to tell the CSUCI how important her writing is to future generations.
Readers hope to see the exhibit travel to area schools.
Although Serros went ot Ventura College and Santa Monica City College before graduating from UCLA with honors, she left royalties from her books to CSUCI. Money raised will benefit Chicana studies pand the Michele Serros Multi-Cultural Living Learning Community that is close to her Oxnard roots.