Biography of Oscar Mireles
Oscar Mireles (b.1955) has been writing poetry for the past 25 years. He is the editor of two anthologies titled 'I didn't know there were Latinos in Wisconsin: 20 Hispanic Poets' (Focus Communications,1989) and 'I didn't know there were Latinos in Wisconsin: 30 Hispanic Writers' (Focus Communications,1999) . He produced a chapbook titled 'Second Generation' (Focus Communications,1985) . He has had over 50 poems published in anthologies and magazines including Gathering Place of the Waters: 30 Milwaukee Poets (1983) Revista Chicano-Riquena 'Hispanic Literature in Wisconsin' (1985) , Visions and Voices against Apartheid (1987) Viatzlan, A journal of Arts and Letters (1992) , Dreams and Secrets, Woodland Pattern (1998) , Alt. Literature 2003.
He has received grants for his writing activities from the Wisconsin Arts Board, Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, Wisconsin Humanities Committee, Wisconsin 150th Sesquiscentennial Commission, Madison Civic Center Foundation and Wisconsin Center for the Book. He received a fellowship to spend a month at the Vermont Studio Center, an artist colony.
Oscar Mireles has done numerous readings at the following institutions: Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI., Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, Il., The Loft, Minneapolis, MN., Chicago Cultural Center, La Raza Bookstore, Sacramento, CA., Wisconsin Book Festival, Madison, WI., National Association for Chicano Studies, Ypsilanti, MI., University of California, Riverside, Riverside CA., Canterbury Bookstore, Madison, WI and Woodland Pattern, Milwaukee, WI.
Oscar Mireles has received numerous awards for his community service and activism. He was selected as one of the '10 Who Make a Difference' by the Wisconsin State Journal in 2002. He was featured on 'Know your Madisonian' in 1998 by the Wisconsin State Journal. He was nominated as '89 People to Know in 1989 ' according to Milwaukee Magazine. He was selected as the Future Milwaukee Alumni of the Year in 1988, and 'Wisconsin Hispanic Man of the Year' by the United Migrant Opportunity Service (UMOS) in 1988.
He is currently an artist member of the Minds Eye Radio collective, which produces a monthly radio show of spoken word poetry on WORT radio.
Oscar Mireles is currently Principal/Executive Director of Omega School, an alternative school in Madison, Wisconsin and has assisted over 1500 young adults prepare for and complete their GED Diploma in the past decade. He is the father of four children, Diego Jesus, Sergio Andres, Lorena Pilar and Javier Oscar.
Oscar Mireles's Works:
Gathering Place of the Waters: 30 Milwaukee Poets (1983)
Abbey 44 (1983)
Colorlines Magazine Volume 2 Number 2 (1983)
Winewood Journal (1983)
Second Generation (1985)
Revista Chicano-Riquena: Hispanic Literature in WI(1985)
Visions and Voices against Apartheid (1987)
The Root River Poets; An Anthology (1987)
Fistflowers: Poems of Struggle and Celebration (1988)
I didn't know there were Latinos in Wisconsin: 20 Poets(1989)
Viatzlan, A Journal of Arts and Letters (1992)
Sexto Sol, UW-Madison Chicano/a Magazine (1994)
Dreams and Secrets Anthology, Woodland Pattern (1998)
I didn't know there were Latinos in Wisconsin: Vol II(1999)
Poetry Buzz (2001)
United States Latino Review (2002)
Alt. Literature (2003)
IXHUA: A Latino Literary Review (2004)
Telling Tongues (2005) .
Oscar Mireles Poems
In the seventh grade in 1968, playing football on the school playground I heard that Martin Luther King Jr.
Lost And Found Language
It started in 1949, when my oldest brother came home from school in Racine, Wisconsin after flunking kindergarten
Slanted Eyes Are Beautiful...Slanted Eye...
a Korean woman had been sitting in my cultural awareness class, for an hour,
Fathers Day Poem (...A Day Late...)
Father’s Day Poem My children are old enough to know it is Father Day
A “z” Is More Then The Last Letter Of Th...
My father proudly showed me his new birth certificate that had our last name Mireles spelled with a “z”
Will Grandma Mickey’s Hair Still Be Whit...
My youngest son asked me this as we were laying around arguing whether I was going to read more than one book or not… will grandma Mickey’s hair still be white, when we are in heaven?
What I Did During My Summer Vacation, Th...
My right big toe has been black and blue since the time old Benny Navarro
Poetry Can Be Hard On Your Hands
I arrived late to the mind’s eye poetry group meeting and I interrupted a critique of a prose poem
I'M Gonna Take The South Out Of South A...
I'm gonna take the South out of South Africa the home of the slaves and the land of no freedom
When I Was Asked What My Favorite Body P...
When I was asked what my favorite body part is? It was not the kind of question I get asked every day
Thanks To The People Who Showed Up At A ...
In Bob Dylan’s backyard there were twelve chapped faces huddled in an old church basement
Why Did You Name Me Javier Dad…part 2
A couple of years ago I wrote a poem titled “Why did you name me Javier… Dad? ” which looked at the meanings behind
Strung Up By A String
the only time a man held my private package I was resting back on the examination table
This Is One Of The Reasons Chicanos Are ...
Only in America could I flip through the slick pages of LIFE and find the only Chicanos I have ever seen
Lost And Found Language
It started in 1949, when my oldest brother
came home from school
in Racine, Wisconsin
after flunking kindergarten
because he 'spoke no English'
and declared to my parents
that 'the rest of the kids have to learn to speak English
if we planned on staying here in the United States.'