"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 Lorenz Mazon Dumuk, Trinidad Escobar, and Javier Huerta. 

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.

Lorenz Mazon Dumuk

Lorenz Mazon Dumuk has two collections of poetry, Ay Nako: Writing Through the Struggle, and I Think In Poetry. He was a member of the 2014 San Jose Slam Team, a VONA alumni, and a MALI (Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute) alumni, which is a Silicon Valley based program that focuses on developing leaders of color in the arts, culture, and entertainment sectors.  He is one of the curators for, Glowing with the Moon, an open mic and interactive community space in San Jose.  Lorenz writes with, against, and through the contradictions he encounters, which allows him to explore the different silences in his life through his poetry.  An awkwardly adorable poet who can be caught doing hip-circles before a poetry reading.


Trinidad Escobar

Trinidad Escobar is a poet, cartoonist, and educator in Oakland, California. Her writing and visual art have been featured in publications such as Rust & Moth, Red Wheelbarrow, Solo Cafe, Mythium, Tayo, Maganda Magazine, the anthologies Walang Hiya, Over the Line, Kwento, and more. Trinidad has been a guest artist and speaker for the San Jose Museum of Art, Pilipino Komix Expo, LitQuake, and The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. Her graphic memoir Crushed will be released in 2017 by Rosarium Publishing


Javier Huerta

Javier O. Huerta is the author of American Copia (Arte Publico 2012) and Some Clarifications y otros poemas (Arte Publico 2007), which received the UC Irvine Chicano/Latino Literary Prize. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso and currently lives in Berkeley.

Doors at 6:30pm
Open Mic Sign-up at 6:45pm
Reading at 7:00pm

$5-15 Sliding Scale