- Category: PA 2008
Carlos Andrés Gómez is a leading voice at the vanguard of the oral poetry movement and has been described as a “truth-telling visionary” by BrassMagazine and a “lyrical prophet” by the CaymanianCompass . Carlos – a slam poet, actor, and playwright – is a Russell Simmons' HBO Def poet and the 2006 International Poetry Slam Champion. A proud Latino and native New Yorker, he also co-starred in Spike Lee's hit film Inside Man alongside Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, and Clive Owen.
Carlos has performed at over 100 colleges and universities and toured North America, Europe, the Caribbean, and Africa. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including High Desert Voices (The Wordsmith Press, 2006), The New York Times , Rattle: Poetry for the 21st Century (Scarecrow Press, 2007), AWOL Magazine, Speakeasy Anthology ( University of Pennsylvania, 2002), LegendaryAnthology: Stories We Tell Today, Stories Our Children Will Tell Tomorrow (Sacred Fools Press, 2008), Timeout New York , and the forthcoming Barbershop Chronicles.
Carlos first poetry album was named Spoken Word Album of the Year at the 2006 Los Angeles Music Awards. He also recently collaborated with Tony Award-winning tap dance legend Savion Glover at The Town Hall on Broadway. Their much lauded performance, featured as part of the Nuyorican Poets Café's “Aloud and Alive at 35” anniversary show, received a standing ovation from the sold-out audience.
A former social worker and teacher in Harlem, the South Bronx and Philadelphia, Carlos regularly conducts workshops and lectures on critical social and political issues. Youth empowerment, the fight against HIV/AIDS, and the unjust penal system in the United States remain central to his work.