Please join us for the last Oakland Crossroads before the series goes on hiatus. This installation will be a reading of curators, featuring three people who do the hard work of bringing people together to celebrate our literature — Paul Corman-Roberts, Ricardo Tavarez, and Marguerite Munoz. Come celebrate with us and take in the work of some incredible writers!
"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 will be going into a hiatus, after the August reading.
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.
Paul Corman-Roberts is the founder of Oakland’s longest running literary festival, the Beast Crawl. He organizes literary and other artistic events for fun and even sometimes paying bills, edits fiction and poetry for Full of Crow, The Oakland Review, and even finds time once in a while to publish his work. His most recent collection of prose poems is We Shoot Typewriters from Nomadic Press (2015.)
Ricardo grew up in Watsonville, CA and was influenced by the labor history and political activism of the region. He cofounded Pan Dulce Poets and is part of La Brigada, a collective that organizes the International Flor Y Canto Literary Festival. His writing has appeared in Acentos Review, Cipactli Journal, Occupoetry, Alive Magazine and most recently in the anthology, Poetry in Flight Poesia en Vuelo. Ricardo’s writing presents his thoughts on life and culture. On sunny days you can find him jogging along Lake Merritt or ambling through the Laney College Flea Market.
Marguerite writes on the border of Berkeley & Oakland. For the past four years and under the sponsorship of Alley Cat Books and Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia, she has co-curated Voz sin Tinta, a monthly bilingual showcase and open mic that provides a safe, supportive space for emerging writers and community voices that often go unheard.
Her poems and creative non-fiction have been featured at Get Lit, Liminal, Poems under the Dome, Jingletown Reading and Open Mic, City Limits Gallery, the Cante Jondo Series, and Uptown Fridays at Nomadic Press, and she is honored to have poems published in The Haight Asbury Journal and Cipactli. She also organizes a sporadic women's group with Chicana poet, educator and cultural activist Naomi Quinonez — because let's be honest, the future is female.
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.