Carlos Andrés Gómez is an award-winning poet, speaker, actor, and author of the memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhoodreleased 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, 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. Carlos recently partnered with John Legend for Senior Orientation, a program to counteract bullying and champion inclusive masculinity among high school students. He’s a proud Latino and father.


Carlos Andrés Gómez is an award-winning poet, speaker, actor, and writer from New York City. He is the author of the coming-of-age memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhoodreleased by Penguin Random House. Named 2016 Best Diversity Artist by Campus Activities Magazine and Artist of the Year at the 2009 Promoting Outstanding Writers Awards, Carlos costarred in Spike Lee’s #1 movie Inside Man with Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, and Clive Owen. He appeared in the sixth season of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and in the third season of TV One’s Verses and Flow. Carlos is widely known for his viral poems, “Where are you really from?” and “What Latino Looks Like,” which have garnered millions of views online. He recently partnered with John Legend and AXE for Senior Orientation, a program to counteract bullying and champion inclusive masculinity among high school students. Carlos has headlined festivals all over the world, including Indonesia, South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Ireland, Spain, Canada, the U.K., and as Guest of Honor at the Berlin International Literature Festival in Germany.

Star and co-writer of the Emmy Award-winning “Respect Yourself” television spots by At Large Films, Carlos has been featured on a wide range of media outlets and platforms, including NPR, TEDx, NBC NewsThe New York Times, People en EspañolBETVIBE magazineForbesElle magazine, Teen Vogue, UpworthyMashable, Hindustan TimesSouth China Morning Post, The Sunday Times Sri LankaNow ThisHuffPost Latino Voices, MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry,” the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Central Park SummerStage, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Macy’s Passport Show, the Voto Latino Power Summit, Life is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival, the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, the Omega Institute’s Women & Power Conference, on Broadway with Savion Glover, and, during President Obama’s tenure, drew a standing ovation at the White House.

Winner of the 2015 Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, 2015 Makeda Bilqis Literary Award, and a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, as well as Runner-up for the 2018 Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry and 2017 Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry and a finalist for both the 2017 James Hearst Poetry Prize and the 2018 Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize, Carlos is the recipient of fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation (VONA), and the Jerome Foundation. His writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in the North American ReviewRattle, Beloit Poetry Journal, The RumpusSmartish PaceCrab Creek ReviewThe Sunday Times, Muzzle, Painted Bride QuarterlyTimeout New YorkThe Huffington PostThe GuardianSolstice Literary Magazine, Southword Journal, Paterson Literary ReviewPhiladelphia StoriesRadius, decomPThe Acentos ReviewLearn Then Burn: A Modern Poetry Anthology for the Classroom (Write Bloody Publishing, 2010), The Barbershop Chronicles (Penmanship Books, 2008), High Desert Voices (The Wordsmith Press, 2005), We Will Be Shelter: Poems for Survival (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014), You Are Never Where You Are: A Collection of Poetry (University of Washington Press, 2010), Me No Habla With Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry (Rebel Satori Press, 2011), Ink Knows No Borders (Seven Stories Press, 2019), Airmail: Women of Letters (Viking Australia, 2015), CHORUS: A Literary Mixtape (MTV Books/Simon & Schuster, 2012), and elsewhere.

Carlos graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in history and earned his M.F.A. from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. A former social worker and public school teacher, Carlos co-founded The Excelano Project (one of the nation’s premier performance poetry groups) at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. He has lectured and performed at more than 500 colleges and universities, facilitated countless workshops, and delivered numerous keynotes and commencement addresses. Carlos has shared the stage with a diverse range of celebrated artists and icons, including John Legend, Gloria Steinem, Dr. Cornel West, Eve Ensler, Carole King, Sheryl Sandberg, John Leguizamo, Wyclef Jean, Hozier, Mary Mary, Javier Colón, MC Lyte, Rosie Perez, Pete Rock, Ntozake Shange, Toots and The Maytals, Immortal Technique, Junaid Jamshed, Suzanne Vega, Saul Williams, Reggie Watts, and Mos Def. Over the past 17 years, Carlos has headlined shows in 25 countries across five continents, as well as 45 U.S. states, and counting…he continues to tour the globe.

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“Powerful, truthful, and sublime.”
–Dr. Cornel West

“Carlos is killing it—he’s such a powerful speaker.”
–John Legend

“…a truth-telling visionary.”
–Sarah Higginbotham, Brass Magazine (United States)

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

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

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

“The event was incredible. Every student who came was extremely impressed with Carlos…I had seniors coming up to me telling me that Carlos was the best speaker they had seen in four years.”
–Elizabeth Stanfield, Co-Chair, SEAT, University of Tennessee (United States)

“Carlos is without a doubt one of the best performers we have had on the Berry campus. It is so nice working with someone who is so helpful, so grateful, and an all-around joy to work with. And you can quote me on that.”
Taylor Burfeindt, Krannert Center Activities Board, Berry College (United States)

“That was the best convocation we have ever had—I left with a full heart!”
–Makenzie Tucker, Diversity Awareness Chair, Tennessee Wesleyan University (United States)

“Carlos Andrés Gómez is a powerhouse.”
–Johniqua Williams, Development Specialist for Diversity Programs, Columbus State University (United States)

“Great poem & performance…Love what [he] say[s] and how [he] say[s] it.”
–Sir Ken Robinson

“Carlos Andrés Gómez—a man so stunningly open, a poet so thrillingly fierce—that my students, normally so intellectual and analytical, couldn’t resist the chance to share their most emotionally intimate stories of learning the world and claiming their voices in it. And they haven’t stopped since.”
–Cindylisa Muñiz, Faculty, Trinity School (United States)

“Carlos Andrés Gómez is one of the most compelling voices of our generation…
[He] captivates his listener with a profound use of cadence and imagery… Raw, entertaining, and empowering.”
–Imani Woomera, Slam Africa (Kenya)

“Carlos is amazing. Pretty much everything he says, whether a ‘poem’ or not, is pure poetry. His grace and power and humor demand not only that people listen, but also that they act for change—in themselves and the world around them. And especially when it comes to the narrow norms that constrain men, hurt women, and limit us all, he can help deliver exactly the change we need. Carlos makes me laugh, cry, and hope.”
–Mallika Dutt, Founder & Former President & CEO of Breakthrough {a global organization building a culture of human rights} (India)

“Gómez’s performance is part classic artiste and part lyrical prophet. Think Keats, meets Bob Marley meets Tupac Shakur.”
–Searlina Bodden, Caymanian Compass (Cayman Islands)

Learn more about Carlos’ journey:

“A Poet’s Voice”
Brass Magazine (Cover Story)

“Carlos Andrés Gómez”
The Hollywood Life (Japanese T.V.)

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