Carlos Andrés Gómez is an award-winning poet, actor, speaker, and writer from New York City. He is the author of the coming-of-age memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhoodreleased by Gotham Books, an imprint of Penguin.  Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and named Artist of the Year at the 2009 Promoting Outstanding Writers Awards, he 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 Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and, most recently, in the third season of TV One’s Verses and Flow.  He has headlined festivals all over the world, including Indonesia, South Africa, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Canada, the U.K., and as Guest of Honor at the Berlin International Literature Festival in Germany.

Carlos has been featured on NPR, TEDx, Upworthy, MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry,” the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Central Park SummerStage, Macy’s Passport Show, the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, the Omega Institute’s Women & Power Conference, and on Broadway with Savion Glover.

A former social worker and inner-city public school teacher, he grew up the child of a United Nations’ diplomat and indigenous rights’ activist – moving twelve times before graduating high school while living in four countries. He has lectured and performed at more than 300 colleges and universities, facilitated countless workshops, and delivered numerous keynotes and commencement addresses. He continues to tour the globe.



For Carlos’ performance reel, click HERE
To watch Carlos’ TEDx talk, “The Gift of Fear,” click HERE

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

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

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

“***** (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) 

“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, Trinity School teacher (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, President & CEO of Breakthrough {the global human rights organization dedicated to making violence against women unacceptable} (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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