Born in Ecuador and raised in the Bronx, Oscar Bermeo is the author of the chapbooks Anywhere Avenue, Palimpsest, Heaven Below and To the Break of Dawn.He makes his home in Oakland with his wife, poeta Barbara Jane Reyes.
He has facilitated poetry workshops at Rikers Island Penitentiary, UNC-Chapel Hill, Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center, the Bronx Academy of Letters, Dias y Flores Community Garden and Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, among others, and led poetry discussions and seminars in schools throughout New York City.
Oscar has been a featured writer at a variety of venues and institutions including the Nuyorican Poets Café, the Bowery Poetry Club, St. Mark's Church, WBAI radio, WGLT Poetry Radio, Kearny Street Workshop, Intersection for the Arts, La Peña Cultural Center, the Loft Literary Center, Sacramento Poetry Center, Litquake, Galería de la Raza, San Quentin Prison, Columbia University, New College of California, California College of the Arts, Illinois State University (Normal), Amherst College, William Paterson University, Syracuse University, New York University and many others.
His written work appears in From Page to Stage and Back Again (Wordsmith Press, 2004); PARSE, Vol. 1: Alchemy (Friendly Fire Press, 2004); I Just Hope It's Lethal: Poems of Sadness, Madness, and Joy (Houghton Mifflin, 2005); Same Time, Same Place: a book of poetry (Kearny Street Press, 2006); Points Not Found: Writings on the Meaning of Place (Kearny Street Press, 2006); 12 Ways: An Anthology of the 2007 Intergenerational Writers Lab (Kearny Street Press, 2007); Achiote Seeds, vol. 2 (Achiote Press, 2007); OCHO #15 (Menendez Publishing, 2008); Small Press Distribution's New Lit Generation, Spindle, the November 3rd Club and can also be heard on the CD, 5 Past 13— A Little Bit Louder: Volume 1 (louderARTS Project, 2003).
He is a BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own), CantoMundo, IWL (Intergenerational Writers Lab), and VONA (Voices of Out Nations Art Foundation) literary fellow in poetry.
Oscar was the founding curator and host of the Acentos Bronx Poetry Showcase, a twice monthly showcase of emerging and nationally recognized Latina/o poets, in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. He was also a founder, curator and host of synonymUS, a multidisciplinary poetry series at the Nuyorican Poets Café.
Barbara Jane Reyes
Author is self represented.
Achiote Press, Friendly Fire Press, Houghton Mifflin, Kearny Street Press, louderARTS Project, Menendez Publishing, Wordsmith Press
Acentos Bronx Poetry Showcase...
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