"To survive the Borderlands you must live sin fronteras, be a crossroads.”
– Gloria Anzaldúa
Oakland Crossroads is a monthly reading series and open mic curated by Suzana Huerta. This series occurs on the last Tuesday of every month. This month marks the on year anniversary of the Series. Come celebrate with us and enjoy the work of our featured writers including Laurie Posner, Maurisa Thompson, and Lesley Dauer.
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.
Suzy Huerta was born and raised in San Jose, California. She is an educator teaching full-time at Foothill College. Her writing is featured in Cheers from the Wasteland, Poetry of Resistance: A Multicultural Anthology in Response to Arizona SB 1070, Xenophobia and Injustice by University of Arizona Press, Bordersenses, La Bloga, The Packinghouse Review, La Bloga and other journals. Suzy is a two-time VONA alum, a Lucille Clifton Scholar at the Community of Writers in Squaw Valley, and a Macondo fellow.
Laurie Posner recently returned to the San Francisco Bay Area from San Antonio, Texas. She works in the field of educational and environmental equity and inclusion. She was a National Urban Fellow and has a MPA from the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College. She volunteers with the Poetry Barn/Rooster Moans. Her poems can be found in Rockland Lit, Borders and Black Earth Institute, 30 Days Hath September.
Maurisa Thompson was born and raised in San Francisco, and is a proud alum of June Jordan’s Poetry for the People. A poet and educator, she is a recent graduate of UC Riverside’s MFA program, where she was twice awarded a Gluck Fellowship allowing her to teach poetry at Inland Empire Schools, and also took third place in UC Riverside’s Grad Slam for her thesis research on her grandmother’s Great Migration journey from New Orleans to San Francisco. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Pedestal Magazine, The Black Scholar, La Bloga, Cosmonauts Avenue, the anthologies A Feather Floating on the Water: Poems for Our Children and En Vuelo: In Celebration of el Tecolote, and The Haight-Ashbury Journal, which nominated her for a Pushcart Prize. She is proud to have a home in the arts in the Bay Area, where she has worked with various organizations and actions, including Librotraficante Bay Area Califas and Richmond’s RAW Talent. A VONA Voices Fellow,Tin House participant and scholarship recipient at the Napa Valley Writers Workshop, she is currently working on her first poetry manuscript that combines history and folklore with her grandparents’ stories from Louisiana and San Francisco, and a middle-grade novel exploring police brutality.
Lesley Dauer received degrees from Middlebury, The University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Harvard. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including Boulevard, Grand Street, and Poetry, and anthologies, including American Poetry: The Next Generation (CMUP). Her first book of poems, The Fragile City (Bluestem Press), won the Bluestem Award. Her second, Carnival Life (Mercer University Press), won the Adrienne Bond Award. Lesley teaches English and Creative Writing at Foothill College in California.
Doors at 6:30pm
Open Mic Sign-up at 6:45pm
Reading at 7:00pm
$5-15 Sliding Scale*
*No one turned away for lack of funds. Contribution to artists and space appreciated. We will graciously accept whatever you are able to contribute.