Gregorio Gomez is the MC of Chicago’s most infamous and longest running underground poetry venue at “WEEDS.” (Now in its 30th year). Gregorio, who emigrated from Veracruz Mexico has been a major influence in the development of the spoken word scene and many venues of Chicago’s poetry community for over two decades. He has featured at many poetry venues throughout the Midwest, including reading with jazz guitarist Fareed Haque, producer/writer/director Guillermo Gomez-Pena, activist/poet/engraver Carlos Cortez, and poet and founding editor of Tia Chucha Press, Luis Rodriguez who was also a candidate for governor of California.
Gregorio has been Managing Director of Latino Chicago Theater Company which produced an array of plays in the company’s original style of “cartooning” and also introduced many young Latino playwrights who are now being produced by mainstream theater companies.
He has been published in numerous alternative poetry magazines as well as Stray Bullets an anthology published by Tia Chucha Press and the Poetry for Peace Anthology published by the Peace Museum of Chicago.
He is also a film producer having produced two feature films: Israel in Exile, the magic realism world of an aging boxer coming to grips with his demons and Blank Verse, the story of a woman whose husband dies and then begins to have visions that predict the future. He also produced the documentary Not Just Paintings On A Wall that presents the murals of Pilsen, Chicago’s largest Mexican-American neighborhood, along with interviews with the muralists who created them.
To hear Gregorio talk more about his poetry, and why he sometimes refers to himself as "The Ghost Who Walks" click here.