Oscar Bermeo

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Born in Ecuador and raised in the Bronx, Oscar Bermeo is the author of four poetry chapbooks, most recently To the Break of Dawn.

He has been a featured writer at a variety of institutions including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Kearny Street Workshop, Rikers Island Penitentiary, San Quentin Prison, UC Berkeley, UNC-Chapel Hill, NYU and many others.

Oscar is a BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own), IWL (Intergenerational Writers Lab) and VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation) poetry fellow.

He lives in Oakland with his wife, poeta Barbara Jane Reyes.

QEPD Miguel Algarín

One thing I can tell you is that every Nuyorican Poet I know has an outrageous Miguel Algarín story. Here is mine. I was getting ready to plan for the one year anniversary of Acentos, our Bronx Latinx Poetry Series, and wanted to feature an iconic figure. One night I was hanging out late at […]
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Juan Felipe Herrera
“Your friends, and your associates, and the people around you, and the environment that you live in, and the speakers around you - the speakers around you - and the communicators around you, are the poetry makers.
If your mother tells you stories, she is a poetry maker.
If your father says stories, he is a poetry maker.
If your grandma tells you stories, she is a poetry maker.
And that’s who forms our poetics.”
Juan Felipe Herrera

Walt Whitman
“This is the city, and I am one of the citizens/Whatever interests the rest interests me”
Walt Whitman

Gustavo  Perez Firmat
“The fact that I
am writing to you
in English
already falsifies what I
wanted to tell you.
My subject:
how to explain to you
that I don't belong to English
though I belong nowhere else,
if not here
in English.”
Gustavo Pérez Firmat

“Most of my heroes don't appear on no stamps”
Chuck D

William Carlos Williams
“If it ain't a pleasure, it ain't a poem.”
William Carlos Williams

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message 1: by Tara (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:44AM)

Tara Betts Oscar,
good to see you on myreads. I know it's been a good organizer for so much reading that I need to catch up on and just to peek in on what folks is readin. Talk to you soon, hon.

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