Moses Brown to Welcome Carlos Andrés Gómez ’00 as Spring 2022 Visiting Poet
International Book Award-Winning Poet
Moses Brown is pleased to welcome Colombian American poet and alumnus Carlos Andrés Gómez ’00, star of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and Spike Lee’s #1 box office movie Inside Man, to campus on Friday, April 29 to read in the Walter Jones Library, 6-7:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and book signing with Carlos.
Carlos is the author of Hijito, for which he was awarded the Foreword INDIES Gold Medal and the International Book Award for Poetry in 2020, and the coming-of-age memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood, released by Penguin Random House in 2012. His most recent book, Fractures, was selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey as the winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. Hailing from New York City, Carlos has performed at nearly 800 colleges and universities in 47 U.S. states and headlined shows in 26 countries across five continents. He has been featured on NPR, TEDx, Upworthy, Central Park SummerStage, and partnered with John Legend for Senior Orientation, a program to counteract bullying and champion inclusive masculinity among high school students.
Carlos never appeared on the MB stage while a student at Moses Brown, but became a working performance artist after his graduation. He began writing poetry while in upper school, after poet Martín Espada came for a visit to MB during his junior year. At MB, Carlos was known for his willingness to speak up. He has fond memories of faculty such as Lee Clasper-Torch and Doug MacLeod.
Carlos stumbled into acting after being seen by the casting director for Spike Lee’s film Inside Man in 2006. After a poetry performance, Carlos was asked to audition; he came in for a small role and was cast in the film.
A former social worker and public school teacher, Carlos first made a name for himself by winning at the Apollo Theater’s celebrated Amateur Night and later as a member of the renowned Nuyorican Poets Café’s slam team. In 2008, he collaborated with Tony Award-winning tap dance legend Savion Glover on Broadway. Carlos is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
Of his spoken word work, Carlos once defined it by saying, “I act and I write poetry. What I do is sort of like what Bob Dylan would do if he were overthrowing Batista in Cuba with Audre Lorde sonnets.”
Carlos was honored with an MBAA award in 2019.
As part of the school’s Annual Poetry Series, Moses Brown has welcomed U.S. Poet Laureates Tracy K. Smith, Billy Collins and Philip Levine, as well as Yusef Komunyakaa, Michael Harper, Sharon Olds, Coleman Barks, Naomi Shihab Nye, Taha Muhammad Ali, and Brian Turner.