Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood

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 talk related to his memoir,
please contact the Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau:
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NBC News profiles my recent performance at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

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NBC News profiled my recent performance at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Kind of mind-blowing to see poetry get this kind of coverage. Watch it HERE

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“17 Of The Most Spectacular Latino Clapbacks In 2016″ (The Huffington Post)

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Thank you to The Huffington Post for including me in this list: “17 Of The Most Spectacular Latino Clapbacks In 2016″:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/17-of-the-most-spectacular-latino-clapbacks-in-2016_us_58586110e4b03904470a5d5f

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Standing ovation at The White House.

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When I first fell in love with writing when I was 17, I never could have dreamed that I would one day close out a summit at The White House and get a standing ovation with my momma in the second row:

https://youtu.be/u5OzLhn1j-0?t=6h23m23s

 

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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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“What does Hispanic look like?” video reaches 1,000,000 views

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1,000,000 views and counting. #WhatDoesHispanicLookLike?

Heartfelt thank you to Rosario DawsonThe Huffington Post, Vibe Magazine, Latino Rebels, Gina Rodriguez, and everyone else who has championed the poem!

 

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