Carlos Andrés Gómez facilitating and performing at ‘What Makes a Man’

“The single most revolutionary thing you can do is recognize that you are enough.”

Our dear friend, world-renown poet Carlos Andrés Gómez returns to Ryerson University to facilitate the morning portion of the ‘What Makes a Man’ White Ribbon Conference on Saturday February 12th. He will also deliver the keynote with his stirring and powerful  ‘Behind the Masc’ performance. Admission is $10, free for White Ribbon Conference delegates. All proceeds will go towards the White Ribbon Campaign.



Behind the Masc: with Carlos Andrés Gómez: A special interactive and intimate performance that looks at what it means to be a ‘good man’ in a world where ‘masculinity’ is confined by the narrowest of definitions. Carlos performs a spoken word piece addressing various themes around masculinity and then the audience shares provoked thoughts, their reflections and own related stories. It will also be an exploration of the powerful and beautiful things that can define manhood.

Carlos usually opens ‘Behind the Masc’ with this opening piece from his critically-acclaimed one-person play ‘Man Up’

Carlos Andrés Gómez releases his new live album Vitruvius.

“I wanted to see how far I could push the boundaries,” says Gómez, “I have never been more proud of anything I’ve put out.  This is two years’ worth of everything I have inside of me poured into a C.D.” Only 333 individually-numbered hard copies of the album have been manufactured.  When those are sold out, “Vitruvius” will only be available for digital download through iTunes, CD Baby, and DigStation.

Visit his My Space page for more information and to hear some of his spoken word.

CARLOS ANDRÉS GÓMEZ is an award-winning poet, actor, and playwright from New York City. He is a Russell Simmons HBO Def Poet and two-time International Poetry Slam Champion (2006, 2010). Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and named Artist of the Year at the 2009 Promoting Outstanding Writers Awards, he co-stars in Spike Lee’s #1 movie “INSIDE MAN” with a lead role alongside Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, and Clive Owen. He’s collaborated with Tony Award-winning tap dance legend Savion Glover on Broadway, represented the United States at the Poetry Africa International Festival in Durban, South Africa, and was a special guest performer at the MACY’s Passport Fashion Show. Most recently, he headlined Central Park SummerStage, opened the Campus Progress National Conference in Washington, D.C., and was Guest of Honor at the Berlin International Literature Festival in Germany.



Join us at ‘What Makes a Man’ the White Ribbon Conference on Saturday February 12th to hear Carlos and many other speakers speak at a discussion-focused conference looking at the spectrum of identities, experiences and realities that determine ‘What Makes a Man’.
10:30am – 3:30pm SCC 115, Student Campus Centre, 55 Gould St, Ryerson University
$5 for Ryerson members. $10 for friends outside of the Ryerson Community.
Lunch provided by Salad King.

Keynote event ‘Behind the Masc’ with Carlos Andrés Gómez and Reilly Dow (graphic recorder) @ 4:30pm
Admission $10* (free for Conference Delegates)

*All proceeds go to the White Ribbon Campaign
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