The Borderlands Lectura is a quarterly reading series in San Francisco, CA which features writers from the Mexico-US borderlands. We consider that the borderlands extend beyond the area along the geopolitical border into the metaphoric, internal lives of people for whom the Mexico-US border has played a part in forming.

The readings happen at Alley Cat Bookshop (, 3036 24th Street between Treat and Harrison in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Who We Are:

Michelle Wallace is a writer fascinated by borders–both the physical and the metaphorical. Of mixed heritage, cultural synthesis has long drawn her attention and she is thrilled to finally be making this reading series happen.

Michelle has an MFA from Mills College, is a recipient of a San Francisco Writers’ Grotto Writing Fellowship, a San Francisco Arts Commission Independent Artist Grant and 2-time CCI QuickGrant award. She is an alum of Voices of Our Nation (VONA) and Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.

She has published in The San Francisco Chronicle, Alpinist Magazine, Vice, Narratively, Remzcla, The Rumpus, Pilates Style Magazine, The Tico Times, xojane, The Menlo Park Almanac, 7Ponds, among others. You see more of her work at

She currently lives in Mexico City where she is at work on a memoir about healing from Lyme Disease and a collection of short fiction set along the Mexico-US border.

Sara Campos is a multi-genre writer, consultant, and lawyer with immigration expertise. She has an MFA from Mills College and has published work in a number of publications including, St. Anne’s Review, Rio Grande Review, Great River Review, Literary Mama, Colorlines, Ciptactli, 580 Split, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She is also the recipient of a Letras Latinas Fellowship, an Elizabeth George Foundation grant, and residencies or fellowships with Hedgebrook, the Anderson Center, and VONA. She is currently working on a historical novel set in Guatemala and an anthology of Latino writers in the Bay Area.

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