At the beginning of the month, I went to the J.C.C.S.F. to see Juan Felipe Herrera. He read a number of poems and spoke about his experiences growing up being a campesino in southern california and journey as a poet. He described traveling up and down California and through many other states to speak up about injustices against minorities and workers and also just to share his personal voice. My favorite thing he said was I think from one of his poems, “Find a place to save your life”. This line to me perfectly describes his style because he blends and breaks so many barriers in form and in just basic life concepts. In that line he connects location, safety, and suicide all in one sentence. " -Pablo Gomez
THE HOME WITHIN US: THREE INTERVIEWS ON LEAVING, ARRIVING, AND WHO WE ARE IN BETWEEN - MOLLY GARDNER
Tools needed to be successful at OSA, or even in Oakland, are shunned just a few cities over. In this way, growing up in one community allows for a bubble—a protective coating—to form, delivering the same opinions over and over to its children while simultaneously telling them they are being spoon-fed the whole story. --Molly Gardner
America has things separated based on one's gender: bathrooms, clothes, toys, schools, what one’s gender is is very relevant in society. So what does one do if their gender is a lot more complicated than cis-male or cis-female?
"And before I knew it, by the end of freshman year of college, just a short time later, I was under 100 lbs."
"Social media is not something you like or don’t like, it’s too big a part of our culture. It’s way too broad a spectrum."
"I never thought in a million years we would be as far as it is today. I never thought we would be playing at the Fox or Whisky a Go Go, or any of that stuff. It just was a nice surprise."