Carlos iro Burgos, a Bronx, NY native who spent most of his life in Yonkers, NY, is a father, avid questioner of masculinities, and explorer of identity. iro's first poetry collection, From Boy to IRO is used throughout The City University of NY as required text in Puerto Rican History and Culture courses and in other classes within the system as supplementary texts. His newest work, Spanglibonics, explores the experiences of Afro-Nuyoricans through emotionally driven, vulnerable poetry that demands openness to new ways of thinking about the world.
Over the years, iro has served as a judge, and sometimes host, for Global Writes, Inc.'s slam poetry competitions at Lehman College and currently serves on the organization's Board of Directors. iro has performed at venues such as the Schomburg Theater in Harlem, Bowery Poetry Club, El Museo del Barrio, Iona College, Clark Atlanta University and the legendary Nuyorican Poet's Café. iro has also co-written two professional plays that toured the national college circuit.
Outside of art, Carlos iro Burgos has worked mainly in higher education. His interests were sparked when he became a part of the founding team of Guttman Community College, CUNY. As an academic researcher, Carlos iro Burgos focuses on deconstructing hegemonic masculinities as a means to explore the process of constructing anti-patriarchal forms of masculinity. His interest in this area has grown from cumulative experiences with problematic masculinities exhibited by him and his friends in his neighborhood, at schools (especially colleges/universities), at home, and on television. He has interests in exploring international masculinities, the intersections of race and gender with masculinities, and how various institutions function due to masculine forces.
This blog is an effort to more deeply explore these ideas.