"To survive the Borderlands you must live sin fronteras, be a crossroads.”
– Gloria Anzaldúa

Oakland Crossroads is celebrating its six month anniversary in April. Come join us and a great group of featured poets to celebrate! 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 James Cagney, Joseph Rios, and Sandra García Rivera. 

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.

James Cagney 

Cave Canem fellow James Cagney is a poet and writer from Oakland. He has appeared as a featured poet and artist in San Francisco, Vancouver, Chicago and Mumbai. His poems have appeared in Print Oriented Bastards, Lime Hawk, Tandem, and Eleven Eleven. His current chapbook is entitled Dirty Thunderstorm.



Joseph Rios

Joseph Rios was born and raised in Clovis, CA. He is the author of The Opening Bell (Achiote Press) and Shadowboxing: Poems and Impersonations (Omnidawn, 2018). Joseph’s poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from: The Los Angeles Review, Southern Humanities Review, Huizache, BorderSenses, and Hector Tobar's blog for the Los Angeles Times. Rios has been featured on radio programs such as, Nuestra Palabra (Houston), Words on a Wire (El Paso), Raza Chronicles (Berkeley), and Pakatelas (Fresno). He is a recipient of the John K Walsh residency fellowship from Notre Dame, a finalist for the Willow Books Literature Award. He is a VONA alumnus. He studied literature at the University of California, Berkeley and Fresno City College. He is the founder of Doña Helen's, a poet's residency at his grandparents' longtime home in the San Joaquin Valley. Currently, he is the guest editor of bozalta, a journal of art, literature, scholarship, and activism. He lives in Los Angeles.  


Sandra García Rivera

Sandra García Rivera is an award-winning Nuyorican poet and vocalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has captured audiences throughout the U.S., the Caribbean, and Europe as a spoken word performer, and alongside Latin Jazz and roots music legends. She has penned two chapbooks: Divination of the Mistress, and Shoulder High, and handmade-artbooks for her highly acclaimed poem That Kiss (Ediciones Mixta, NYC). Her work has appeared, and been anthologized, in Caribbean Erotic, Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2012, Centro Journal, Hostos Review/Revista Hostosiana, and Urban Latino Magazine, and is forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review. She was the co-founder of Yaya (2002-2008), the Afro-Puerto Rican & Dominican all-women music ensemble based in New York City, and has recorded and performed with numerous artists around the country including Yerbabuena, Rico Pabon, John Santos, William Cepeda, Yomo Toro, and Jerry Medina, among others. She is the Host & Curator of Lunada Literary Lounge & Open Mic, a monthly literary series at Galeria de la Raza in SF, performs as a vocalist and percussionist with La Mixta Criolla, and is currently a teaching artist of creative writing with WritersCorps and SF Jazz for the youth of San Francisco.

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 appreciate.