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

why book carlos andrés gómez?

poet. speaker. educator.

He has performed and delivered keynotes at more than 800 colleges and universities across 47 U.S. states, collaborated with John Legend on a project to counteract bullying, co-starred in the Spike Lee film Inside Man with Denzel Washington, and drew a standing ovation at the Obama White House. A former social worker and public school teacher, Carlos is a passionate advocate for healthy masculinity and equity and inclusion. He is also the International Book Award-winning author of the poetry collection Fractures (selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey as the winner of the 2020 Felix Pollak Prize) and the memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood (Penguin Random House, 2012). A star of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, you may recognize Carlos from his viral poems, “What Latino Looks Like,” “Where are you really from?” and others, which have garnered more than 10 million views online.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, Carlos was named 2021 Georgia Author of the Year, 2016 Best Diversity Artist by Campus Activities Magazine, and Artist of the Year at the 2009 Promoting Outstanding Writers Awards. He is a proud Colombian American and father of two.


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carlos’ programs & learning outcomes:

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our intersecting selves: diversity, identity, equity, & inclusion

After attending, participants will:

  • Comprehend concepts related to diversity, social identity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Build cultural competency and awareness about unconscious bias, structural and systemic inequity, and intersectionality.
  • Examine the effect of friends, family, culture, technology, and media on behavior and ways of thinking, particularly as it relates to social identity.
  • Identify concrete strategies to counteract unconscious bias and structural inequity.

tools for self-care: mental wellness & emotional resilience

After attending, participants will:

  • Build competency and awareness about mental and emotional health, relevant concepts, and evidence-based strategies for mental wellness and emotional resilience.
  • Examine the effect of various strains on their mental and emotional wellbeing, as well as strategies for alleviating those stresses.
  • Identify concrete strategies to promote mental wellness and emotional resilience.

reimagining gender: beyond socialized roles, beyond the binary

After attending, participants will:

  • Comprehend concepts related to gender, equity, and inclusion.
  • Build competency and awareness about unconscious gender bias, sexism, and transphobia.
  • Examine the effect of friends, family, culture, technology, and media on behavior and ways of thinking, as it relates to gender.
  • Identify concrete strategies to counteract unconscious gender bias, sexism, and transphobia.

antiracism as action

After attending, participants will:

  • Comprehend concepts related to implicit bias, white privilege, and racism.
  • Build competency and awareness about unconscious racial bias, structural racism, colorism, and white supremacy.
  • Examine the effect of history, policies, friends, family, culture, technology, and media on behavior and ways of thinking, as it relates to race and racism.
  • Leave the workshop with five (5) actionable strategies for ongoing antiracism work, including both internal and external strategies to combat racism.

writing through: storytelling toward social justice

After attending, participants will:

  • Comprehend concepts and strategies related to writing memoir and personal storytelling, as well as equity and inclusion.
  • Analyze the influence of socialized roles and cultural norms on creating unconscious bias and structural and systemic inequity.
  • Examine their role in being complicit with behaviors and ways of thinking that promote inequity or exclusion.

reimagining modern manhood

Through storytelling, audience engagement, and poetry, Carlos Andrés Gómez shares his journey of growing up as a sensitive boy forced to navigate toxic machismo and restrictive gender stereotypes. A riveting combination of personal narrative and sociological excavation, Gómez guides the audience through his life story, from that tender-hearted and out-of-place little boy constantly moving and changing schools to where he is now: a father of two and husband, determined to reimagine how we all think about masculinity and gender—beyond preconceived social roles, beyond the binary.

tailored workshop for your school (adaptable for your needs)

We have a wide range of additional program offerings. Please tell us, as specifically as possible, what you would like us to address and what outcomes you are hoping for. From there, and with your guidance and input, we can craft a workshop that honors your particular vision during our visit to your school.

the power of latinidad in a fractured world

After attending, participants will:

  • Build competency and awareness about social identity, intersectionality, and equity.
  • Examine the effect of friends, family, culture, technology, and media on perceptions of social identity.
  • Identify concrete strategies to consider their and others’ social identities in more complex and thoughtful ways.

who is carlos andrés gómez?

He has performed and delivered keynotes at more than 600 colleges and universities across 46 U.S. states, collaborated with John Legend on a project to counteract bullying, and drew a standing ovation at the Obama White House. Carlos is a passionate advocate for healthy masculinity and equity, and a former social worker and public school teacher. He is also the author of the memoir “Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood” (Penguin Random House, 2012) and “Fractures,” (selected by Natasha Trethewey as the winner of the 2019–20 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry). A star of HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam,” you may recognize Carlos from his viral poems, “Where are you really from?” and “What Latino Looks Like,” which have garnered millions of views online.

Carlos was named 2016 Best Diversity Artist by Campus Activities Magazine and Artist of the Year at the 2009 Promoting Outstanding Writers Awards. He is a proud Latinx and father.

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