"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 Nicole Henares, Matthew Douglas, and Detert Michelle Gonzales. 

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.

Michelle Cruz Gonzales

Michelle Cruz Gonzales, a Chicana writer, writes memoir and fiction. In the 1990s MCG played drums in and wrote lyrics for the all female hardcore band, Spitboy, not a riot grrrl band. Spitboy toured the US and overseas and released several albums. MCG has been a regular contributor to Hip Mama Magazine, published by Seal Press in Book Lovers Anthology: Sexy Stories from Under the Covers , in the Listen To Your Mother Anthology on Putnam, and her story “Juan, El Pájaro” one Honorable Mention in Riversedge Literary Journal contest. MCG’s memoir The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band is out now on PM Press.


Photo by Matt Author

Photo by Matt Author

Matthew Detert

Matthew Detert has been writing poems since the 6th grade. He studied English literature at UC Berkeley and continued his education and exploration of poetry at the UC Berkeley Extension. He has participated in several readings, including an appearance at Litquake in 2012 as the featured student poet for the Extension. Looking to buck the notion of poet as introvert, as solitary, as inaccessible, he began exploring the potential of poetry as performance. He debuted his solo piece, Man Verses, at the Monday Night Marsh in San Francisco in 2014. He is currently developing the piece into three acts. It is his rain dance.

Photo by Yanina Gotsulsky

Photo by Yanina Gotsulsky

Nicole Henares (Aurelia)

Nicole Henares (Aurelia) is a poet, storyteller, and teacher who lives in San Francisco, California.  She has her BA in English from UC Davis, her MFA in Writing and Consciousness from California Institute of Integral Studies, and is an alumna of the Voices of Our Nation Writing Workshops.  Her work has appeared throughout the small press in publications such as Red Fez, The Women’s International Perspective, Underground Voices, and The Newer York.  She is interested in how Lorca’s duende, the duende of Andalusia and flamenco, is a cross cultural spirit.

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

$5-15 Sliding Scale