Carlos Andrés Gómez

Carlos Andrés Gómez

Poet

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  • Named 2016 Best Diversity Artist by Campus Activities Magazine
  • Star of HBO's "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam" and TV One’s “Verses and Flow”
  • Co-star of Spike Lee's #1 movie "Inside Man" with Denzel Washington

Carlos Andrés Gómez is an award-winning spoken word poet from New York City. He is the author of the coming-of-age memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood, released by Penguin Random House. Carlos appeared in the sixth season of HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and, most recently, in the third season of TV One’s Verses and Flow. Winner of the 2015 Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize and the 2015 Makeda Bilqis Literary Award, Carlos has been featured on NPR, TEDx, The New York Times, Upworthy, MSNBC, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, the Omega Institute’s Women and Power Conference, and on Broadway with Savion Glover. A former social worker and public school teacher, Carlos has lectured and performed at more than 400 colleges and universities, facilitated countless workshops, and delivered numerous keynotes and commencement addresses. He continues to tour the globe.


Poetry & Creative Writing (45-60 minutes)
Carlos will inspire and instruct participants in this fun and interactive workshop open to writers of all styles and skill levels. This session will consist of accessible writing prompts, open discussion about the theory and practice of writing, as well as an opportunity for sharing new work at the end. By request, Carlos can include an additional public speaking/performance technique component (for those interested in a more direct focus on spoken word poetry).

Diversity & Social Justice (45-60 minutes)
Carlos will guide the group through an exploration of social identity through an intersectional lens, examining how race, gender, sexuality, class, and other identities frame and impact our lives. The workshop will be centered on courageous dialogue and personal narrative, structuring the session around interactive exchange and thoughtful discourse as a means of breaking down walls and building understanding across lines of difference.

Gender: Beyond Binaries & Stereotypes (45-60 minutes)
Carlos will lead the group through an examination of socialized gender norms, stereotypes, and the impact rigid gender binaries have on all of us, regardless of where we identify on the gender spectrum. The session will be rooted in empathetic discourse and personal narrative as a means of challenging patriarchy, sexism, heterosexism, and transphobia with the hope of opening participants’ minds and hearts to the varied possibilities of how gender can be embraced.

Reimagining Modern Manhood (60-75 minutes)
Masculinity is at a crisis point: widespread sexual assault, gun violence, hazing, and bullying have become unwelcome but all too visible incidents on college campuses across the country. Even in a society seemingly moving towards a more socially progressive norm, the state of modern manhood seems as stagnant as ever. Carlos Andrés Gómez wants to change this. With a dynamic speaking experience that incorporates spoken word, improv, and personal narrative, Gómez gives young men permission to be the civic leaders and powerful role models their campuses and our world truly need. Gómez will challenge young men to rethink how they interact with women, deal with violence, handle fear, and express emotion. Called a "truth-telling visionary" and a "lyrical prophet," Gómez's words offer audience members, across the gender spectrum, a truly unique, inspiring, and accessible invitation for each of them to become their fullest, best, most authentic selves.