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Carlos recently partnered with John Legend for Senior Orientation, a program to counteract bullying and champion inclusive masculinity among high school students.

About Carlos Andres Gomez

CARLOS ANDRÉS GÓMEZ is an award-winning poet, speaker, actor, and 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 lectured and 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.

Winner of the 2015 Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, 2015 Makeda Bilqis Literary Award, 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.

BOOK CARLOS

“Carlos was by far the most engaging and inspiring poet I have ever seen.”
–Drew Donica, Lawrence University

“Powerful and tear-jerking…a mind-blowing, perspective-changing experience.”
–Shannon Busta, Cord Weekly

“***** (5/5 stars) — Gómez lays himself bare…a quarter of the audience shed tears yet the show was uplifting.”
–Bernie Greenwood, Hairline Magazine

WATCH CARLOS PERFORM

READ CARLOS’ WORK

“What Latino Looks Like” (Viral poem with more than 2.1 million views)

“What is Genocide?” (Viral poem with more than 1.1 million views)
“Where are you really from?” (Viral poem with more than 1.9 million views)

“All We Have” (w/ Savion Glover on Broadway)
“What is Genocide?” video tops 1,000,000 views

“What is Genocide?” video tops 1,000,000 views

For the 3rd time in the past 21 months, a video of me performing one of my poems has topped 1,000,000 views. That number is beyond my comprehension, especially in the context of poetry: one ...
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My poem, “Pronounced,” has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize!!

My poem, “Pronounced,” has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize!!

Just got word that my poem “Pronounced” has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize! Heartfelt thank you to Jenifer Browne Lawrence and all of the editors at the Crab Creek Review for giving this poem a home ...
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Show with John Legend at Centennial High School

Show with John Legend at Centennial High School

These kids rocked it today at Centennial High School during our AXE #SeniorOrientation show with John Legend! So proud and inspired to see them share their thoughts on self-expression and inclusive masculinity in front of ...
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Collaboration with John Legend

Collaboration with John Legend

Thrilled to collaborate with John Legend & AXE to launch #SeniorOrientation and champion inclusive masculinity and self-expression among high school students. Next stop, Centennial High School in Columbus, OH this October.  #AXEPartner #FindYourMagic Grateful for Access Hollywood, Rolling Stone, People magazine, Teen Vogue, ...
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Special citation from the City of Milwaukee

Special citation from the City of Milwaukee

Before my show tonight, I received a special citation from the City of Milwaukee for “outstanding dedication to the Latino community.” It was an honor to be the Keynote for an event bringing together so ...
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“Where are you really from?” video tops 1,000,000 views

“Where are you really from?” video tops 1,000,000 views

1,000,000 views and counting… I am so grateful to We are mitú for posting the video a few weeks back. Epic thank you to NBC News, NPR, The Huffington Post, VIBE magazine, Voto Latino, Latino Rebels, Hozier, Gina Rodriguez, Kevin Powell, and everyone else who has championed ...
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