Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas was born in Oaxaca, Mexico. A graduate of Oregon State
University, Merecias also holds an MA in Contemporary Hispanic Studies from The School
of Language, Culture and Society at Oregon State University. As a trilingual Mixtec poet,
socio-linguist, researcher, filmmaker and community educator, Merecias has provided
mentoring and guidance to youth and families in Mexico and the United States. His poetry
has appeared in Prism, El Tecolote and La bloga. Mr. Merecias has taught bilingual poetry at
Ethos Music Center, Centro Cultural of Washington County, en el barrio y en el rancho.