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Carmen was a member of DC Poets Against the War, which was part of the global Poets Against the War movement co-founded by poet Sam Hamill in February 2003. DC Poets Against the War evolved into Split This Rock, a national organization that fosters a national network of socially engaged poets.
From 2010 to 2015, Carmen was a poet moderator for Poets Responding to SB 1070, a Facebook group created by the late Francisco X. Alarcón that originally featured poetry and news about SB 1070, the Arizona immigration law that legalized racial profiling to target Latino immigrants. The Poets Responding Facebook page now features a wide range of poetry and human rights news.
Carmen lives and works as a psychotherapist in an underserved area of coastal Georgia near Jacksonville, Florida.