Poetry Reading w/ Carlos Andrés Gómez, Warren Longmire, & the Excelano Project
Please join us for the BOOK LAUNCH of
Carlos Andrés Gómez's HIJITO
feat. readings by Carlos Andrés Gómez, Warren Longmire,
& Jaia Gillette, Sudeep Bhargava, & Erin Jin Mei O'Malley of the Excelano Project!
In HIJITO—selected by Eduardo C. Corral as winner of the 2018 Broken River Prize—Carlos Andrés Gómez writes of brutality and beauty with the same urgency and with a truth that burns readily; it is a collection of survival instincts. As a vital and tender exploration and deconstruction of contemporary society, his poetry engages with America's ever-changing landscape and the ways in which race, gender, and violence coalesce. Called "powerful, truthful, and sublime" by Cornel West, Gómez's words are a necessary paean to hope and courage in the modern world.
"One loss makes you feel all the other losses, writes Carlos Andrés Gómez in this searing and inquisitive collection. His attentiveness to language and to pain is unflinching. Craft and empathy are inseparable; lyrical pleasures resonate with tenderness and sorrow. The poems pull something usable from // the wreckage of performative masculinity, police brutality, and displacement. And what's usable from misery? Gómez's deft control of language—the syntax is nimble, the diction is zoetic—brings us close to the boundless resilience that helps us survive, change."
—Eduardo C. Corral
"Gómez makes an impressive debut in this collection, singing of family, bullets, survival and smoke. This hijito is a tiny growl / at first / that blossomed / into a wail."
—Tyehimba Jess, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
"Striking, searching, and serious. Carlos Andrés Gómez's poems often leap landscapes beyond the West and ask us to consider the history we have been taught, how we speak it and carry it in our bodies. There is an earned depth and urgency to Gómez as a poet."
—Raymond Antrobus, Rathbones Folio Prize winner.
CARLOS ANDRÉS GÓMEZ is a Colombian American poet from New York City. He is the author of Hijito (Platypus Press, 2019), selected by Eduardo C. Corral as the winner of the 2018 Broken River Prize, and the memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood (Penguin Random House, 2012). Winner of the Atlanta Review International Poetry Prize, Fischer National Poetry Prize, Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, and the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry, Gómez’s writing has been published, or is forthcoming, in the New England Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Yale Review, BuzzFeed Reader, CHORUS: A Literary Mixtape (Simon & Schuster, 2012), and elsewhere. Carlos is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he co-founded The Excelano Project, and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. For more, please visit: www.CarlosLive.com
WARREN LONGMIRE is a writer, a software engineer, and an educator from North Philadelphia. He is the co-founder of the Excelano Project Spoken Word Collective, and a former contributing poetry editor for Apiary Magazine. He is a 2015 Pushcart Nominee, was an honorable mention for the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry by Philadelphia Stories, and has been published in journals including Cartridge Magazine, The Tiny, and The Painted Bride Quarterly. He has released three chapbooks: Ripped Winters (Seventh Tangent 2006), Do.Until.True. (Two Pens and Lint 2012) and the Wyoming default (Moonstone Press 2018).
JAIA GILLETTE is First of Her Name, Creator and Muse, Queen of Leather Jackets and Ripped Jeans, Khaleesi of the Bald Blondes, Writer of Poems, and Mother of Dragging Your Problematic Favs.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, SUDEEP BHARGAVA got started with poetry in the youth slam scene. He wrote and performed with the Dallas Youth Poets for two years, getting to know many of his contemporaries in the community and attending competitions such as Brace New Voices in 2017 and 2018. As a current student at the University of Pennsylvania, Sudeep writes with the Excelano Project, exploring topics of belonging, heritage, and sexuality. He is incredibly grateful to all the people he has had the chance to learn from and hopes to continue expanding on his writing.
ERIN JIN MEI O'MALLEY is a queer Asian American writer. Their work appears or is forthcoming in Redivider, wildness, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Cosmonauts Avenue, and others. They have received a scholarship from the Lambda Literary Foundation and nominations for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. You can follow them @erino232.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104