"To survive the Borderlands you must live sin fronteras, be a crossroads.”
– Gloria Anzaldua
Join us for Oakland Crossroads, a monthly reading series and open mic curated by Suzana Huerta. This series occurs on the last Tuesday of every month. This month, our featured writers include Lucha Corpi, Leticia Hernandez, and Asha Sudra Finkel.
Every last Tuesdays of the month, join us for Oakland Crossroads, a monthly reading and open mic series curated and hosted by Suzana Huerta. It takes its name from the idea that living at a crossroads, embracing community in all its rich complexity is the only way to resist borders that bind and confine us. Through poetry and story, in the space of art and song, we come to together to connect and express the multitude of voices that makes Oakland so rich.
Oakland Crossroads features local, Bay Area poets and writers. This series seeks to bring together Bay Area based writers, both established and emerging, to share their stories, their hearts—to reveal their own realities and dreams on the mic. Every reading will feature at least one poet or writer from Oakland and will provide an open mic for anyone who wants to read. We welcome all poets and writers, all levels of experience, all members of the community.
Oakland Crossroads host and curator Suzana Huerta is an educator and poet. She dedicates most of her energy to the California community college system and its inspiring student body. She strives to bring poets to the classroom and encourage all students to discover the poet within. A Bay Area native, Suzy was born and raised in San Jose, Ca. and currently lives in San Francisco. She is proud to call herself a VONA alum, and her work has appeared in La Bloga, El Coraje, The Packinghouse Review, Poets Responding to SB1070, and Sunrise from Blue Thunder. Additional work is forthcoming in Bordersenses and Poetry of Resistance: A Multicultural Anthology in Response to Arizona SB 1070, Xenophobia and Injustice by University of Arizona Press.
Born in Jáltipan, Veracruz, Mexico, Lucha Corpi came to Berkeley as a student wife in 1964. Corpi is the author of two collections of poetry (Spanish, with English translations by Catherine Rodríguez Nieto), two bilingual children’s books, and six novels, four of which feature Chicana detective Gloria Damasco. She has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry, an Oakland Cultural Arts fellowship in fiction, the PEN-Oakland Josephine Miles Award and the Multicultural Publishers Exchange Literary Award, and two International Latino Book Awards for her mystery fiction. Her new book, Confessions of a Book Burner: Personal Essays and Stories, will be issued by Arte Publico Press in April, 2014. Until 2005, she was a tenured teacher in the Oakland Public Schools Neighborhood Centers. She lives in Oakland.
Leticia Hernández-Linares is a poet, interdisciplinary artist, and educator, and author of Mucha Muchacha, Too Much Girl (Tía Chucha Press, 2015). Widely published, her work appears in newspapers, literary journals, and anthologies. She has performed throughout the country, in El Salvador, and participated in the Encuentro Poético: Salvadoran-American Poets Gathering at the Smithsonian in 2014. Over the last twenty-four years, she has worked as an arts educator, taught university literature courses, and provided executive leadership for various community based organizations. She lives and writes in the Mission District, San Francisco—20 years strong.
Asha Sudra Finkel
Asha is an artist, educator, and revolutionary. She is from LA. She moved to the Bay going to school at UCSC and obtained her masters in education, working in Watsonville and Oakland. She was briefly a community organizer against police brutality and domestic violence. Her passion for social justice today focuses on educating youth. Currently, a 5th grade teacher in San Jose, and actively training teachers around California about teaching within a social justice lens in order to create authentic global change, her music, art and poetry act as a mirror into the passion and activism she lives out daily.
Doors at 6:30pm
Open Mic Sign-up at 6:45pm
Reading at 7:00pm
$5-15 Sliding Scale