"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 Estela de la Cruz, Harold Terezon, + Yaccaira Salvatierra.
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.
Yaccaira Salvatierra is a Native Californian. Her poems have appeared n the The Acentos Review, Huizache, Diálogo, MiPOesías, Puerto del Sol, and Rattle, among others. She is a VONA (Voices of Our Nation) alumna, has received the Dorrit Sibley Award for achievement in poetry and is the 2015 winner of the Puerto del Sol Poetry Prize. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for 2015 and lives in San José, California with her two sons.
harold terezón is an educator and poet from Pacoima, CA. He received the San Francisco Foundation's James D. Phelan Literary Award in 2013. harold has taught the Poetry for the People class at City College of San Francisco. His work has appeared in POECOLOGY, Puerto del Sol, PALABRA, Rushing Waters Rising Dreams: How the Arts Are Transforming a Community, The Acentos Review, Poets Responding to SB1070, La Bloga, among other publications. Currently he works as a WritersCorps Teaching Artist helping San Francisco youth find their voice through poetry and writing. harold is working on Hunting Izotes, a collection of poems inspired by his family's immigrant experience.
ESTELA DE LA CRUZ
I am a poet, living in San Francisco. I have a BA in English from UC Berkeley. I studied literature and poetry, with creative writing as an elective. (UCB had no MFA at the time.) I’ve read at Galeria de la Raza’s Lunada, Voz Sin Tinta, Donde Está Mi Gente (2014), Flor y Canto (2015), and Pan Dulce Poets. I was published in Konch Magazine, and I self-published a chapbook titled For the Hell of it. My primary interest is creating art. That’s it.
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.