"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 Janice Sapigao, Cathy Arellano, and Kimberly Cates Escamilla. 

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.

Janice Sapigao

Janice Sapigao is a daughter of Filipina/o immigrants.  Her first book of poetry about her mom, microchips for millions, critiques the Silicon Valley and its exploitation of immigrant women workers, and will be published by Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA), Inc. Her second book, like a solid to a shadow about fatherlessness, grieving, and family lineages is also forthcoming from Timeless, Infinite Light. She is the Associate Editor of TAYO Literary Magazine. She earned her M.F.A. in Writing from CalArts, and she has a B.A. in Ethnic Studies with Honors from UC San Diego. She teaches English at San José City College and Skyline College. Janice loves playing with stuffed animals, runs races occasionally, and frequents local, small mom + pop coffee shops. If you want, you can learn more at janicewrites.com

Photo by Rebeka Rodriguez

Photo by Rebeka Rodriguez


Cathy Arellano

Cathy Arellano is just another Mexican lesbian writer who grew up in San Francisco’s Mission District in the late 1960s to early 80s surrounded by cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents on her mother’s side. In 1983, new owners evicted her mother from the flat they were renting and she passed away less than a year later. Arellano has a new collection of poems and stories published by Kórima Press,Salvation on Mission Street, which is her creative offering about love and loss of a people and a place. 


Kimberly Cates Escamilla

Kimberly Cates Escamilla’s poems and essays have appeared in Huffington Post, Plath Profiles, 5AM, and The Red Wheelbarrow and other journals and anthologies.  She has taught college-level writing and literature in the San Francisco Bay Area for 22 years. She lives in El Granada, CA with her husband and two sons.

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 is greatly appreciated.