Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas hails from Portland, Oregon. He is a spoken word artist, visual storyteller, and tri-lingual writer. Octaviano has presented and published his work in Mexico and the US. He writes in Mixteco, Spanish and English about contemporary issues affecting/shaping the Latino/Xicano/Hispanic/Indigenous experience in the US.
Octaviano is also a motivational speaker, photographic artist, and educator, who works with a socially-engaged and social-emotional brain-targeted practices facilitating workshops, talks, discussion, forums, conferences, collaboratories with groups in the US and abroad. Octaviano spends most of his free time, volunteering as a mentor, participant or advisor in commissions, boards, campaigns and organizations that represent values of unity, healing, diversity, equity, inclusion, arts, culture and belonging. Mr. Merecias-Cuevas utilizes the latest research information on cognitive-behavioral neuroscience to inform and complement the deliverance of his interactive and multilingual presentations. Octaviano holds a Master’s Degree from the School of Language, Culture & Society at Oregon State University and is currently pursuing a professional graduate certificate at Johns Hopkins University in the Mind, Brain and Teaching Program.