Chris Campanioni seeks to blur boundaries. He is an author, teacher, journalist, and model, and the co-editor of PANK, Tupelo Quarterly, and At Large Magazine. He gravitates toward anything that involves creative thinking, learning and teaching, writing and editing, and most importantly, connecting with people. Campanioni’s debut novel, Going Down, was released September 1, 2013 by Aignos and was selected as Best First Book at the International Latino Book Awards in 2014. It is the first in a trilogy of works about communication and the culture of media, commodities, fashion, and tourism. Tourist Trap (or: how I paid my way through grad school) (Black Rose, 2015) is the follow-up and excerpts were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He is also the author of Once in a Lifetime, a book of poems from Berkeley Press. 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. In 2013, he was awarded an Academy of American Poets Prize for selected poetry from his debut collection, In Conversation (Aignos, 2014).
Campanioni is a member of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the Academy of American Poets, SAG/AFTRA, and the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund. His non-fiction, poetry, fiction, and criticism have appeared in the Star-Ledger, San Francisco Chronicle, The Brooklyn Rail, Prelude, RHINO, Handsome, Ambit, Quiddity, DIAGRAM, and several other journals and anthologies, including the London Journal of Fiction and America Is Not the World.
Campanioni has lectured at various academic conferences and events, in person and via video, including the Art of Outrage, TED Talks, and the Transatlantic Poetry Series, and has served as a visiting author and speaker at universities across the United States, which are currently teaching or have taught his work. 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 teaches fiction writing, poetry, and English literature at Baruch College and Pace University, and lives and writes in Brooklyn.
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