"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 Kat Evasco, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Yosimar Reyes with guest host Javier Zamora
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.
Kat Evasco is writer, stand up comedian, and performance artist living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Evasco is best known for her touring autobiographical one-woman show, Mommy Queerest, co-written and directed by John Caldon. Her current projects include directing a new solo show called Prieto written and performed by nationally acclaimed poet, Yosimar Reyes; co-lead artist of the Resilience Archives, a collection of memories and historical moments centered on the LGBTQ Asian American Pacific Islander community created by Mia Nakano. Evasco currently serves as the Chief Dream Director at The Future Project and as the Artistic Director of Guerrilla Rep. Evasco is a recipient of the Creative Capacity Fund Quick Grant, NextGen Art Professional Development Grant, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation Grant. She holds a BA in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University.
MARCELO HERNANDEZ CASTILLO
Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is a poet, essayist, and translator. He is the author of Cenzontle, which was chosen by Brenda Shaughnessy as the winner of the 2017 A. Poulin, Jr. prize and will be published by BOA editions (2018). His first chapbook, DULCE, was chosen by Chris Abani as the winner of the Drinking Gourd Prize and will be published by Northwestern University press (2017). He was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and crossed the U.S./Mexico border at the age of 5. He holds a B.A. from Sacramento State University and was the first undocumented student to graduate from the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan. He cofounded the Undocupoets campaign which successfully eliminated citizenship requirements from all major first poetry book prizes in the country and was recognized with the Barnes and Noble “Writers for Writers” award. His work (translated into multiple languages) has been adopted to Opera through collaboration with the composer Reinaldo Moya and has appeared in PBS Newshour, Fusion TV, New England Review, Gulf Coast, Buzzfeed, Indiana Review, and Southern Humanities Review, among others. He lives in Marysville, California with his wife and shih-tzu poodle mix.
Yosimar Reyes is an undocumented American poet and activist, who was born in Guerrero, Mexico and raised in East San Jose, California. His for collection of poverty is titled, "For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly" and was released in 2009. Reyes currently resides in Los Angeles, CA where he is the Artist in Residence at Define American. He is currently working on his own man show, "Prieto" to premier in 2018.
Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and migrated to the US when he was nine. He is a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow, 2016 Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Fellow, and holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, MacDowell, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Yaddo. His first book is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press Fall 2017.
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.