Next week, Oakland Crossroads presents an all youth showcase! Please join me in listening to the work of: Elena Ruiz, Miles de Rosa, Ola'i Manu Mel's, and Chloe Xtina. Music interlude by the Oakland Future Trio. This is a multi genre showcase of students from the Oakland School of the Arts High School. Please join me at Studio Grand next week in celebrating their work and contributions to community! 

"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 Chloe Xtina, Miles De Rosa, Lali Wilde, and Elena Ruiz.

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. 


Elena Ruiz is the lead singer of the rock band, The Jamming Nachos. When she isn't on stage she aspires to be a traveling journalist then a farmer, because there are no limitations to being a rockstar.


Chloe Xtina is a recent graduate of Oakland School for the Arts's Literary Arts program. She is a playwright and journalist whose work focuses mainly on women, socioeconomics, and the erasure of history typically with an aspect of magical realism. Her plays have been produced and workshopped by Ubuntu Theater Project, Inferno Theatre, Berkeley Rep's Teen Council, and Bay Area Zeta Players. You can find her work as a journalist in Margins Magazine, Thespo Ink, and the OSA Telegraph. Chloe will be heading to UCLA in the fall to study theatre and pursue her passion for playwriting. 



Miles De Rosa is a writer well versed in Fiction, Poetry, Slam Poetry, and Journalism. He studies at the Oakland School for the Arts and has worked for their newspaper, The OSA Telegraph. He also has participated in many reading throughout the bay area, including a reading at Mills College, California College of the Arts, Oakland School for the Arts Black Box, as well as the weekly readings at OSA, and enjoys performing his work with enthusiasm. He has an extreme passion for writing of all sorts, but when writing in different genres, focuses on a specific subjects. When writing, he tries to bring emotion into his work and allow the audience to feel a part of the piece.

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.