"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, our featured writers include MK Chavez, Shelley Wong, and Amalia Alvarez. 

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. 


MK Chavez

MK Chavez is a champion for public health and social justice. She is the author of several chapbooks, including Mothermorphosis, her full-length collection, Dear Animal, will be released by Nomadic Press in October 2016. Chavez is co-founder and co-curator of the reading series Lyrics & Dirges, curator of the Fruitvale Friday Readings at Nomadic Press, and co-director of the Berkeley Poetry Festival, and recipient of a 2016 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award. She believes in literary confrontation and its capacity to obliterate all forms of oppression. Her most recent and upcoming publications can be found in Story Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, and Yellow Chair Review.

Amalia Alvarez

Amalia Alvarez was born in San Diego, Califas. She teaches English in the Language Arts Department at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose. She has a forthcoming poem in the bilingual newspaper, El Tecolote, and was recently cast as a “Lowrider Lawyer” in Ben Bac Sierra’s groundbreaking film, Lowrider Lawyers: Putting a City on Trial, about SFPD’s unlawful killing of City College of San Francisco scholarship student, Alex Nieto. Alvarez has published poetry in Border Senses, Cipactli, Leaf by Leaf, Caesura, Hayden’s Ferry Review and Fem Magazine.

Shelley Wong

Shelley Wong is a Kundiman fellow who lives in Oakland. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and author of Rare Birds, a chapbook coming out next February from Diode Editions. Her poems have appeared in Sixth Finch, Vinyl, Crazyhorse, and other journals.



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.