"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 Dickson Lam, Sam White, & David Maduli.
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.
Suzy Huerta was born and raised in San Jose, California. She is an educator teaching full-time at Foothill College. Her writing is featured in Cheers from the Wasteland, Poetry of Resistance: A Multicultural Anthology in Response to Arizona SB 1070, Xenophobia and Injustice by University of Arizona Press, Bordersenses, La Bloga, The Packinghouse Review, La Bloga and other journals. Suzy is a two-time VONA alum, a Lucille Clifton Scholar at the Community of Writers in Squaw Valley, and a Macondo fellow.
David Maduli is an alumnus of the VONA and Las Dos Brujas writing communities. He was awarded the Joy Harjo Poetry Prize in 2011. A veteran public school teacher, he completed his MFA in Creative Writing at Mills College as a Community Poetics Fellow.
An Oakland native, Sam White has enjoyed a life-long love affair with the spoken—and written—word. Sam is a community college educator, and believes deeply that in all its forms, “language is power!” Having witnessed Oakland’s many reincarnations due to gentrification and political whim, Sam is concerned with securing justice and equity—especially for those who usually do not play a role in the decisions that affect them and their respective communities. As both a black man, and an out gay man, Sam’s passions center on recognizing and combatting the invisibility and sense of otherness that disproportionately impacted populations so often identify as part of their existence. Sam earned his M.A. in English/Creative Writing from Notre Dame de Namur University in 2007. He finds his most rewarding experiences in the classroom, helping to cultivate critical thinkers—all of whom he hopes will someday see it as their duty to fix the problems we face as a society.
Dickson Lam’s work has appeared in StoryQuarterly The Kenyon Review Online, Hyphen Magazine, The Normal School, PANK, The Good Men Project, The Rumpus, and Kartika Review. He is a VONA alum and has been a resident fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. He holds MFA degrees in creative writing from the University of Houston and Rutgers-Newark. Lam is an Assistant Professor of English at Contra Costa College.
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.