"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 writes - Steve Fujimura, Christine No, and Norm Mattox.
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.
Steve Fujimura is a poet based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work engages with memory, history, loss and family. He has participated in programs with The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, the Hweilan International Artists Workshop in Taiwan, and Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture festival. Steve earned an MA in creative writing at San Francisco State University. His work can also be found in New American Writing.
Christine No is a writer and filmmaker whose work has appeared at the Sundance Film Festival, in publications such as: sPARKLE+bLINK, Columbia Journal, APOGEE, Atlas and Alice, and the anthology "If You Can Hear This: Poems in Protest of an American Inauguration" by Sibling Rivalry Press. She is the host of Nomadic Press’s monthly reading series GET LIT and a board member and curator with Quiet Lightning. She is a VONA Alum, a Pushcart Prize Nominee and the First Place Poetry Winner the 2016 Litquake Writing Contest. She lives in Oakland with her talking dog, Brandy.
Norm Mattox is a native Bronx, New Yorker. He has been living on the ‘left’ coast for over thirty years. Norm is a bilingual educator in the San Francisco Unified School District for over 25 years. He is a mentor and math teacher in the Math Department at Willie Brown Middle School. Norm has been writing in journals, notebooks, on the backs of envelopes, and on color coded, post-it notes for decades. Norm crossed the comfort zone, from writing in silence to speaking his peace on the Open Mic in 2015. His muse is inspired by the dance he does with his students in the public education system, by love, family and a tribal response to persistent aggressions in today’s society. He, recently, published his first Chapbook, Get Home Safe! Poems for Crossing the Community Grid. One of his poems is included in El Tecolote’s Anthology, Poetry in Flight/Poesia en Vuelo.
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.