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The Next Movement

Carlos Andrés Gómez

Carlos Andres Gomez is a man on a mission. The Colombian poet, actor and author arrived in Atlanta from New York City in the summer of 2019 – determined to bring his many gifts to bear in this place he now called home. Winner of numerous national awards, Gomez was already a rising literary star when he arrived.

Then the pandemic hit. For Carlos — like so many artists around the world — that meant shuttered venues, lost opportunities and canceled shows. Yet, over the past two years, he’s managed to author an award-winning book of poems, score a national literary award and launch a spoken word album that was under consideration for a Grammy.

Photos by: Steve West

5 Artists. Many Stories. 1 Movement

NEXT Joined Forces with MARTA to amplify the voices of Atlanta’s premier artists reflecting on a post-pandemic world dealing with a cultural reckoning.

At NEXT, we are about more than art for art’s sake. At NEXT, we believe that together we can use our individual creative expression to find solutions to our community’s intractable social challenges. Through our talents and our passion, NEXT unleashes the potential of creative communities in order to inspire countless others who share our vision to get involved.