Scars are just your skin holding tight
To the parts that hurt once.
— "Pretty Thoughts"
 

AndYes is the founder and teacher for in the professional youth poetry mentorship program called “Operation FreeSoul” as part of the Mayor’s Creative Economy Pilot Program in Sacramento. He is also the Grand Slam Poetry Champion of Sacramento, and is a first-generation Cuban-American National Poetry Slam poet who is a part of Zero Forbidden Goals. He has previously worked alongside The City of Sacramento, the Crocker Art Museum, Loaves & Fishes, Planned Parenthood, and The California Democratic Convention.

AndYes has been featured across Sacramento, the Bay, Washington, Oregon, and overseas in Europe with 100 Thousand Poets for Change. He has been featured on Button Poetry, and has represented the City of Sacramento in the National Poetry Slam both times the city has sent a team in the past 10 years. Additionally, he proudly represented Sacramento at the World Economic Forum in 2018 - North America’s first time hosting the international gathering.

 

In his previous tours, AndYes has featured alongside a list of different acts including Hobo Johnson, The Philharmonik, Del The Funky Homosapien, Tuneyards, SpaceWalker, and Paul Willis. He has also worked alongside one of the original members of Bob Marley & The Wailers, Dr. Devon I. Evans. His work has also been featured in publications like The Huffington Post, Capitol City Radio, The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento News & Review, Good Day Sacramento, as well as news and television broadcasts across the country.

Among his many engagements, his highest achievement was being asked to perform at the California Democratic Convention in 2018, in San Diego. AndYes has published 9 chapbooks, one full length compendium of his work, a spoken word album, three separate one-man-shows, and he is the President and Founder of The Spoken Word Federation, which combines pro-wrestling with spoken word competition.