A resident of Watsonville since 1984, Gómez brings humility to his art and activism and has a remarkable record of community service and social justice advocacy work, having marched with César Chávez in the 1970s and worked as a PVUSD migrant and bilingual resource teacher for 26 years. He has supported youth as a CASA volunteer, served as a chaperone for 7th and 8th graders to Watsonville’s sister city, Kawakami-mura in Nagano, Japan. In addition to being a poet, Gómez is a singer and musician and has helped direct the music for the Watsonville Buddhist Temple’s Kokoro no Gakko Cultural Summer Program.
Gómez’s published work
Poem “Güelcon Tu Waztlanville” in El Andar, 1990 Poem “Hacia Ti” in Américas Review, 1993 Haiku (multiple) in Watsonville-Santa Cruz Japanese American Citizens League newsletter, 2019-present
About the Watsonville Poet Laureate Committee and Program
The Poet Laureate Committee is comprised of Stan Rushworth, Dr. Adela Najarro, Vivian Vargas, Magdalena Montagne, and Victoria M. Bañales (Chair & Library Board Trustee, District 5).
Information regarding the Watsonville Poet Laureate program, which was founded in 2021 by the Library Board of Trustees of the Watsonville Public Library, is available here.