• Hijito

    by Carlos Andrés Gómez
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Carlos Andrés Gómez



in conversation with MAFAZ AL-SUWAIDAN

This event includes a book signing


September 9, 2019
7:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed poet CARLOS ANDRÉS GÓMEZ for a discussion of his award-winning debut poetry collection, Hijito. He will be joined in conversation by writer and PhD candidate in Religion at Harvard MAFAZ AL-SUWAIDAN.

About Hijito

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.

Praise for Hijito

"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 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
Carlos Andrés Gómez

Carlos Andrés Gómez

Carlos Andrés Gómez is a Colombian American poet from New York City. He is the author of Hijito, selected by Eduardo C. Corral as the winner of the 2018 Broken River Prize, and the memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood. Winner of the Atlanta Review International 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, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Mafaz Al-Suwaidan
Mafaz Al-Suwaidan

Mafaz Al-Suwaidan

Mafaz Al-Suwaidan is a PhD candidate in the Committee for the Study of Religion at Harvard University. Her work focuses on comparative studies of Islamic and African influenced movements in the modern period. Mafaz also holds a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree in Islamic Studies and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in creative writing. She is currently a Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Prize Fellow, a Doctoral Fellow at the Science, Religion, and Culture program at Harvard Divinity School, coordinator of the Middle East Women’s Studies group at the Mahindra Humanities Center, and serves as an Islamic Studies instructor at MCI-Norfolk, Massachusetts’ largest state prison.

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