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Pop-up: Octaviano Merecias

Tue, Nov 17, 2020 from 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm PST


Portland-based writer, educator, and public speaker Octaviano Merecias shares an original poem in this reading filmed at the Portland Art Museum. Merecias is a member of the Los Porteños writing group, who are dedicated to raising Latinx voices and to raising awareness of diverse languages, canons, stories and cultures.

Catch this reading on Literary Arts’ Instagram Stories on November 17th, or stream it anytime at PDXBookFest.org.

The pop-up readings are a partnership between the Portland Book Festival and the Portland Art Museum where Festival writers are thematically paired with artworks in the Museum. A celebration of creatives, the pop-ups highlight the intersections of visual art and the written word. Merecias’ pop-up reading was filmed in the Mesoamerican Art collection at the Portland Art Museum, paired with a wood, shell, and turquoise mask.

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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