HBO 'Def Poet' to perform at VUJC

Carlos Andrés Gómez will perform at Vincennes University Jasper Campus at noon Thursday, Feb. 11.

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JASPER — The Campus Activities Board at Vincennes University Jasper Campus invites the public to hear award-winning spoken word poet Carlos Andrés Gómez, star of HBO’s “Def Poetry” and Spike Lee’s No. 1 movie, “Inside Man” with Denzel Washington, perform from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 in the lecuture hall of the Jasper Campus Classroom Building as part of his Majoirty of One college tour.

Hailing from New York City, Gómez has performed at more than 300 colleges and universities since 2006. Author of the groundbreaking memoir “Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood,” he has been featured on NPR, TEDx, Upworthy, Central Park SummerStage, and, most recently, showcased his talent in MTV’s first ever poetry slam alongside hip hop luminary Talib Kweli.

A former social worker and public school teacher, Gómez first made a name for himself by winning at the Apollo Theater’s celebrated Amateur Night and later as a member of the renowned Nuyorican Poets Café’s slam team. In 2008, he collaborated with Tony Award-winning tap dance legend Savion Glover on Broadway.

“It’s amazing to connect with such diverse audiences along this journey,” Gómez says, “from a working-class neighborhood in San Antonio to a rural town in Indiana to the beach breezes of Miami to a theater on Broadway. It’s the ultimate testament to creativity bringing people together, building a new vision for our world. This is why I do art.”

The tour’s title, inspired by what Gómez strives to achieve through his work, encourages each person to recognize the powerful agent for change they might be.

“It’s not that one person can make a difference, each one of us does — for better or worse," he says. "The question then is: which one will you be?”

The performance will be followed by a book signing and photo opportunity for audience members. Admission is free.

For additional information, contact Josh Doak, student activities coordinator, at 812-481-5941 or  

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