Carlos Andrés Gómez

Carlos Andrés Gómez


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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 is thrilled to collaborate with John Legend & AXE to launch #SeniorOrientation and champion inclusive masculinity and self-expression among high school students. Learn more by clicking here

CARLOS ANDRÉS GÓMEZ is a Colombian American poet and the author of the memoir “Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood,” released by Penguin Random House. A star of HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam,” TV One’s “Verses and Flow,” and Spike Lee’s #1 movie “Inside Man” with Denzel Washington, Carlos has performed at more than 500 colleges and universities in 45 U.S. states and headlined shows in 25 countries across five continents. Named 2016 Best Diversity Artist by Campus Activities Magazine and Artist of the Year at the 2009 Promoting Outstanding Writers Awards, you may know him from his viral poems, “Where are you really from?” and “What Latino Looks Like,” which have garnered millions of views online. A two-time International Poetry Slam Champion (TIPS ’06, BNIPS ’10), Carlos is the winner of the 2018 Atlanta Review International Poetry Prize, 2018 Sequestrum Editor’s Award in Poetry, 2015 Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, and a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Carlos is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He is a proud Latino and father.

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).

Reimagining Gender: Beyond Socialized Roles, Beyond the Binary (45-60 minutes)
This interactive workshop will excavate and examine the ways in which we've been taught to think about gender. More specifically: what "rules" and identities were we taught to associate with gender? And how do those ideas impact how we think about ourselves, navigate the world, and interact with each other (socially, romantically, professionally, etc.)? How are new paradigms subverting outdated clichés like a rigid gender binary and prescribed gender roles? How do our other social identities (i.e. race, sexuality, socioeconomic status, etc.) impact how we understand and experience gender? Using history, intersectionality, and personal narrative as catalysts for discussion, participants will collectively explore these and other concepts.

Our Intersecting Selves: Social Identity & Equity (45-60 minutes)
This interactive workshop will unpack and explore how our intersecting social identities impact how each of us experiences the world. We will interrogate historical legacies of structural inequity and the unearned privilege and access that accompanies it. Moreover, we will investigate the ways in which some identities enable us to wield unearned structural power, while others, simultaneously, make us susceptible to systemic and interpersonal discrimination and disenfranchisement. Using history, intersectionality, and personal narrative as catalysts for discussion, participants will collectively explore these and other concepts.

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.

The Power of Latinidad in a Fractured World (60-75 minutes)
In a time of intense social division, people of Latinx heritage--whose cultures and histories inherently complicate rigid notions of identity--reside along many of the critical fault lines that will define the landscape of our future. We emphatically refute the notion of a monolith, impossible to reduce or summarize through a singular dimension. Which is to say, an exploration of Latinx identity demands a discussion of our other social identities and how those intersecting selves complicate antiquated beliefs about binaries and anything less than far-reaching and ever-evolving continuums of identity. Through spoken-word poetry, storytelling, and audience engagement, Carlos Andrés Gómez will illuminate how embracing and understanding his Latinx heritage has taught him life-changing lessons about intersectionality, equity, and what it means to truly celebrate human authenticity.