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Pop-up: Los Porteños

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 12:30 pm - 12:45 pm PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Local Latinx writers Octaviano Merecias, Ivonne Saed, and Juan Antonio Trujillo pop-up in the galleries to share their original works. This pop-up presented in collaboration with Los Porteños

This group is paired with the artwork Open Country by Larry Poons; found on the 2nd floor of the Modern & Contemporary Art galleries. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.


Los Porteños is a well of Latinx writers dedicated to raising their voices in the Portland community and to raising awareness of their diverse languages, canons, stories, and cultures.

Octaviano Merecias

Octaviano Merecias (Spanish, English, Mixtec), Portland, Oregon, is a digital visual storyteller, public speaker, trilingual writer, and seasoned educator, who works with social-emotional brain-targeted practices facilitating workshops, talks, discussion, forums, conferences, and digital-collaboratories with groups in the US and abroad. A transnational citizen, a bicultural Oregonian, was born and raised in a small village in the Mixtec mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. Octaviano holds a Master’s Degree from the School of Language, Culture & Society at OSU and a teaching Certification focused on Higher Education issued by the Derek Bok Center at Harvard University. Mr. Merecias is a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University in the Mind, Brain and Teaching Program.
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Ivonne Saed

Graphic designer, writer, translator, and photographer, Ivonne Saed has extensively explored the crossroads between the visual and the textual, both in her creative work and in teaching. She is the author of the novel Triple crónica de un nombre (Lectorum, 2003) and the non-fiction Sobre Paul Auster: Autoría, distopía y textualidad (Lectorum, 2009). She co-authored Literatura: imaginación, identidad y poder, Vampiros transmundanos y tan urbanos, and ¡Madres! Cuentos (y precauciones) de maternidad. Saed has published book reviews, short fiction and photos in periodicals like Reforma and Crónica (Mexico), Literal Magazine (US), and Arquivo Maaraví (Brazil). Her documentary Naïve premiered in 2011 as part of Object Stories, a Portland Art Museum project, and she produced Vida Sefaradí: A Century of Sephardic Life in Portland. Saed has taught at Marylhurst University, Oregon State University and Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico), and she’s been a Delve Seminar guide for Literary Arts, in Portland, Oregon, since 2011. Her work has been discussed by academics in a number of publications and it has been staged by Jewish Theatre Collaborative (Portland) and Jewish Women’s Theatre (Los Angeles).

Purchase Triple crónica de un nombre from Annie Bloom's Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Juan Antonio Trujillo

Juan Antonio Trujillo is a Portland-based writer and filmmaker whose work is centered on the experiences of queer communities of color. He is currently working with collaborator SILV Films on a feature-length documentary on queer men of color and related creative writing.
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