“We loved having Carlos and Katie perform at Davenport University. It was absolutely amazing, impactful, and such a strong and encouraging message for our staff and students. They have a wonderful ability to make those that they are performing for feel comfortable and stay engaged the entire time. Carlos and Katie share their personal stories in the form of spoken word and the vulnerability in that is absolutely stunning. I can’t say enough good things. I am still impressed just thinking about it. They are real, down to earth, accepting of every aspect of identity – understanding the intersectionality within our identities, and they are able to transform art into education and education into art. The best performance we’ve had this year!”Justine Shelton, Assistant Director of Student Life, Davenport University

why book dare to speak?

Words speak just as loud as actions when it comes to social justice. Carlos Andrés Gómez and Katie Kramer have dedicated their lives and careers to creating community and promoting equity through poetry. Friends and collaborators for over a decade, Carlos and Katie are invested in transforming your school or workplace into an equitable and inclusive ecosystem. No matter the environment, identities matter.

Katie has toured LGBT festivals, conferences and over 400 college campuses from coast to coast, as well as being a member of a National Poetry Slam Championship team. Katie is a loud advocate for trans rights, feminism, mental health awareness and doing your darndest to find love through it all. Never afraid of the difficult truths, her show is one part pride parade, one part therapy session, one part rally cry and a million parts healing.

Carlos is a Colombian American poet and educator who has performed at more than 500 colleges and universities and headlined shows in 25 countries. A former public school teacher, he was named 2016 Best Diversity Artist by Campus Activities Magazine and is a two-time International Poetry Slam Champion. You may recognize him from his viral poems, “Where are you really from?” and “What Latino Looks Like,” which have garnered millions of views online. He is a proud Latinx and father.

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