Award-winning slam poet Carlos Andres Gomez visits New London
NEW LONDON — Slam poet Carlos Andres Gomez, a prize-winning spoken-word artist whose film career includes an appearance in Spike Lee's movie ';Inside Man,'; will perform in a 7 p.m. program today in Wheeler Hall of the Ware Student Center at Colby-Sawyer College.Hailing from New York City, Gomez is a former social worker and inner-city public school teacher turned poet, actor, speaker and writer. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and named artist of the year at the 2009 Promoting Outstanding Writers Awards, Gomez also penned the memoir ';Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood,'; which was released in 2012.Gomez's on-screen resume includes an appearance in the sixth season of HBO's ';Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry'; and the third season of TV One's ';Verses and Flow.';
Growing up the child of a United Nations' diplomat and indigenous rights' activist — moving 12 times before graduating high school while living in four countries — Gomez has headlined festivals all over the world, including in South Africa, Ireland, Spain, Canada and England, and as guest of honor at the Berlin International Literature Festival in Germany.