Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood

Inspired by the award-winning poet and actor’s acclaimed one-man play, a powerful coming-of-age memoir that reimagines masculinity for the twenty-first-century male. 

Award-winning poet, actor, and writer Carlos Andrés Gómez is a supremely gifted storyteller with a captivating voice whose power resonates equally on the live stage and on the page. In one of his most powerful spoken-word poems, Gómez recounts a confrontation he once had after accidentally bumping into another man at a nightclub. Just as they were about to fight, Gómez’s eyes inexplicably welled up with tears. Everyone at the scene jumped back, as if showing vulnerability was the craziest thing that Gómez could possibly have done.

Like many men in our society, Gómez grew up believing that he should be ready to fight at all times, treat women as objects, and close off his emotional self. It wasn’t until he discovered acting that he began to realize the true cost of squelching one’s emotions—and how aggression dominates everything that young males are taught.

Plummeting graduation and employment rates and dire teen suicide statistics show that young males in our society are at a crisis point. Gómez seeks to reverse these alarming trends by sharing lessons about life, love, and vulnerability. Man Up galvanizes men—but also mothers, girlfriends, wives, and sisters—to rethink the way all men interact with women, deal with violence, handle fear, and express emotion.

Gómez urges men of all ages to break society’s rules of male conformity and reconsider not just what it means to be a man, but what it means to be a good man.

“Man Up” is available now through AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks A MillionIndiebound, Penguin Random House and iTunes!

 

To book Carlos for a speaking engagement,
please contact the Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau:
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please contact Lindsay Gordon:

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Moments after sharing the stage with Dr. Cornel West.

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Tonight’s event was one of those I will tell the grandkids about. Still cannot believe I got the chance to share the stage with Dr. Cornel West.

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Just got word that I was voted 2016 Best Diversity Artist by the readers of Campus Activities Magazine!!

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HUGE, heartfelt thank you to all of the students, staff, and faculty that nominated and voted for me. I’m stunned.

http://www.campusactivitiesmagazine.com/articles.php?articleID=20160402

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Today is the release of The New York Times Op-Doc “A Conversation with Latinos on Race,” which I’m incredibly honored to be included in.

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I care deeply about this topic – a topic that now carries a unique urgency as the new papi to a Black and Latina daughter. Please share, comment, and join the conversation. This is a discourse that we need to have in more vulnerable, thoughtful, and informed ways in our Latinx families and communities.

Huge thank you to Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster for inviting me to be a part of this project.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/29/opinion/a-conversation-with-latinos-on-race.html?_r=0

 

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Here it is—my new poem: “If a Princess Tries to Kidnap Your Daughter”

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Inspired by my brilliant baby girl

& for every parent out there pushing back against the sexist limitations placed on their child.

 

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In the thick of New York winter…but thinking about this view I had last week in Oʻahu.

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Throwback from last Thursday, when I couldn’t have felt further away from winter much less a blizzard, on Lanikai Beach. (Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi) ‪#‎tbt‬

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