Oscar Mireles is a published poet and editor of three anthologies titled, I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos In Wisconsin. He has also published a children’s book titled “Why did you name me Javier, Dad? and a chapbook of poetry titled Second Generation. Mireles was recently reappointed the Poet Laureate of the City of Madison for 2018-2020.
He is also executive director of Omega School, where he has been employed for the past 23 years. Omega School provides GED preparation and adult basic education services to Dane County 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).