Chris Campanioni seeks to blur boundaries. He is a first-generation American, the son of immigrants from Cuba and Poland, a writer, teacher, and the editor of PANK, Tupelo Quarterly, and At Large Magazine. Campanioni’s debut novel, Going Down, was selected as Best First Book at the International Latino Book Awards in 2014. His poem “Transport (after ‘When Ecstasy is Inconvenient’)” was a finalist for the Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize in 2015, awarded annually to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place. He was awarded an Academy of American Poets College Prize in 2013 for selected poetry and his hybrid prose piece This body’s long (& I’m still loading) was adapted as an official selection of the Canadian International Film Festival in 2017.

His non-fiction, poetry, fiction, and criticism has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Gulf Coast, DIAGRAM, Poetry International, Los Angeles Review of Books, Star-Ledger, San Francisco Chronicle, Prelude, RHINO, Handsome, Ambit, Gorse, Quiddity, Notre Dame Review, and several other journals and anthologies, including Routledge’s Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era, Sundress Publications’ Manticore: Hybrid Writing from Hybrid Identities, and Dostoyevsky Wannabe’s Brooklyn Anthology.

Campanioni has lectured at various academic conferences and events, TED Talks, and the Transatlantic Poetry Series, and has served as a visiting author and speaker at universities across the United States. He was awarded a Graduate Assistantship and a Presidential Scholarship before completing his MA in English literature from Fordham University in the spring of 2013, graduating summa cum laude. Today, he is a Provost Fellow and MAGNET Mentor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he is conducting his doctoral studies in English. He also teaches Latinx literature and creative writing at Pace University and Baruch College.

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