"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 in honor of Women's History Month, our featured writers include an incredible group of women Kin Folkz, Rebecca Gonzales, Xitlalic Guijosa-Osuna, and Liz Mayorga.
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.
Kin Folkz (aka Monica Anderson) is an award-winning educator, human rights artivist, author, community catalyst, founder of the Oakland Pride Creative Arts & Film Fest, a member of Black Lives Matter Bay Area Organizing Group and cofounder of SpectrumQueerMedia.com (SQM) and Queer Black Lives Matter. SQM is the internationally recognized LGBTQIA and Hetero-Ally media and creative arts advocacy organization. SQM promotes social justice, visibility and voice for marginalized people via community based film screenings, community town hall conversations, festivals, digital storytelling workshops and interactive multimedia art exhibits.
Cultivated by the sun and moon peeking past the shoes dangling from the phone lines, Rebecca Gonzales lives in East Los Angeles .Rebecca’s work has been published in various literary anthologies and journals such as Issue 1 of Dryland Lit.,Inchas de Poesia, the Mas Tequila Review, St. Sucia, Literature for Life,and others, she was the March 2014 winner of “The Poets of New York” series at the Bowery in New York City, As a mother she is humbled as a poet she is obedient, and as a woman she is unapologetic.
Xitlalic Guijosa-Osuna is a Southeast L.A. Michoacana-Sinaloense, Mexicana poeta and visual artist. She's part of Chulas Encholadas Poetry and Performance Collective and Proyecto Vecindad from SELA a community and artist, artivist collective. She also creates greeting cards that represent her community. She writes about Guayabas, her Madre, her grandmothers, Domestic Violence, and memories. Art had become her outlet to heal from trauma and has helped her connect with the world.
Liz Mayorga is a writer / illustrator from Southeast LA. Her perspective on art and community has been shaped by the Chicano Movement, as well as LA's early Punk and Hip Hop culture. Liz has dedicated herself to studying art and Popular Culture, and enjoys leading creative workshops for kids and young adults. She has been an active member of the Bay Area's Zine and DIY Art community since 2008.
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.
**No refunds or exchanges on pre-sale tickets purchased.