Henry The Poet
Born and raised in New York City, Henry Gonzalez is an Afro-Latino spoken word poet, essayist, and community organizer. At age 15, the effects of the Great Recession pushed his family to move into the conservative suburbs of Northern Virginia. From that point on, his art has been incubated in the DC Slam Poetry Circuit and NYC Spoken Word scene, having performed at venues such as the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The National Portrait Gallery, and The Kennedy Center. Deeply influenced by Jazz and Hip-hop, he tries to infuse his poetry with heavy rhythms and emotion. He has recently finished his time at Deep Springs College in California, a two-year program for 28 students who form a self-governing community, operate a cattle ranch, and study liberal arts, while living in an isolated desert valley. He currently serves on the National Coordinating Committee for Million Hoodies Movement For Justice and is a student of Anthropology and Africana at Cornell University.
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