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Juan Valdez (or Why is a white guy like you named “Carlos”?)

By Carlos Andrés Gómez
Added: Tuesday, June 16, 2015  /  Carlos Andrés Gómez performs the poem ""Juan Valdez" (or "Why is a white guy like you named 'Carlos'?")" at the 2012 Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation and Witness which took place at Carlos Rosario Public Charter School from March 22-25, 2012 in Washington D. C.
Carlos Andrés Gómez

Carlos Andrés Gómez is a poet and the author of the memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood, released by Penguin Random House (2013). Winner of the Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, a finalist for the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize, and a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, his work has appeared in the North American Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, CHORUS: A Literary Mixtape (Simon & Schuster, 2012), and elsewhere. A star of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, TV One’s Verses and Flow, and Spike Lee’s #1 movie Inside Man with Denzel Washington, Carlos partnered with John Legend for Senior Orientation, a program to counteract bullying and champion inclusive masculinity. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

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