Oscar Bermeo


Oakland, CA

Author's Bio

Oscar Bermeo was born in Ecuador and raised in the Bronx. He is the author of Anywhere Avenue, Palimpsest, Heaven Below, and To the Break of Dawn. Oscar has been a featured writer at a variety of venues and institutions including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Kearny Street Workshop, Rikers Island Penitentiary, San Quentin Prison, UC Berkeley, UNC Chapel Hill, NYU and many others. He is a BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own), IWL (Intergenerational Writers Lab) and VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation) writing fellow. He makes his home in Oakland, with his wife, poeta Barbara Jane Reyes

Publications & Prizes

12 Ways: An Anthology of the 2007 Intergenerational Writers Lab (Kearny Street Workshop Press, 2007)
Points Not Found: Writings on the Meaning of Place (Kearny Street Workshop Press, 2007)
Same Time, Same Place (Kearny Street Workshop Press, 2006)
I Just Hope It's Lethal: Poems of Sadness, Madness, and Joy (Houghton Mifflin, 2005)
From Page to Stage and Back Again: The 2003 National Poetry Slam (Wordsmith Press, 2004)
New Lit Generation (Small Press Distribution, )
Achiote Seeds
In the Grove
Parse, Volume I: Alchemy
Spindle Magazine
The November 3rd Club
Prizes won: 

Finalist 2008, 2010 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize; 2004 BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) winner for poetry; Honorable Mention, Kulupi Press’s 2007 “Sense of Place” chapbook contest.

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At Risk Youth, Children, Incarcerated individuals, Teenagers
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The Bronx, NYC
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Last update: Jun 17, 2020