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Oscar Mireles

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Oscar Mireles is published poet and editor of three anthologies titled, I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos In Wisconsin, Mireles has also published a children’s book titled “Why did you name me Javier, Dad? and a chapbook of poetry titled Second Generation.

From 2016-2020, Mireles served two terms as the Poet Laurate of Madison, Wisconsin, where he is also executive director of Omega School. For the past 23 years, Mireles has been working with Omega School to provide GED preparation and adult basic education services to Dane County's young adults, who do not possess a high school diploma. During his tenure he has personally assisted over 5,000 students with earning a GED/HSED credential.

Mireles has received numerous awards and recognition for his service to the community. These awards include the Dane County Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award (2009) Literacy Advocate of the Year ,Wisconsin Literacy (2011) and Friend of Education Award from Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers (2012). Leadership Award from the Young Professional Group of the Urban League of Greater Madison (2013) and “Believe and Succeed Award from the Hispanic Leadership Luncheon (2015). “Outstanding Educator Award” from the 100 Black Men of Madison (2016) and Distinguished Community Service Award from the Madison Chapter of The Links (2017).

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