ALTOONA, Pa. — Penn State Altoona will host Carlos Andrés Gómez, a Colombian American poet, speaker, actor, and author. As part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, he will offer a virtual presentation on Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m.
Gómez is the author of "Fractures," winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, "Hijito," winner of the Broken River Prize, and the memoir "Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood," released by Penguin Random House. A star of HBO’s "Def Poetry Jam," TV One’s "Verses and Flow," and Spike Lee’s number one box office movie "Inside Man" with Denzel Washington, his honors include the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry, "Atlanta Review" International Poetry Prize, "Foreword" INDIES Gold Medal, and the International Book Award for Poetry. He also partnered with John Legend on Senior Orientation, a program to counteract bullying and champion inclusive masculinity among high school students.