Oscar Bermeo


Oakland, CA

Author's Bio

Born in Ecuador and raised in the Bronx, Oscar Bermeo is the author of four poetry chapbooks, most recently <i>To the Break of Dawn</i>. He now makes his home in Oakland, with his wife, poeta Barbara Jane Reyes, where he co-edits Doveglion Press.

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.

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

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.

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Hispanic, Latino/Latina/Latinx
Prefers to work with: 
At Risk Youth, Children, Incarcerated individuals, Teenagers
Fluent in: 
Born in: 
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Raised in: 
The Bronx, NYC
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Last update: Aug 03, 2010