Chris Campanioni was born in Manhattan in 1985. He is the son of immigrants from Cuba and Poland, an essayist, poet, novelist, multimedia artist, instructor, and the editor and publisher of PANK and PANK Books. 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 text This body’s long (& I’m still loading) was adapted as an official selection of the Canadian International Film Festival in 2017. In 2019, he was awarded a CHCI-Mellon Global Humanities Institute fellowship to join the Transnational Joint Research Center for Migration, Logistics, and Cultural Intervention.
His essays, poetry, and fiction have been translated into Spanish and Portuguese, appearing in BOMB, Life Writing, Catapult, American Poetry Review, Ambit, Nat. Brut, Kenyon Review, Tupelo Press Quarterly, Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Im@go, Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, Hayden’s Ferry Review, 3:AM Magazine, DIAGRAM, Poetry International, M/C: Media & Culture, Prelude, RHINO Poetry, Gorse, and several other journals and anthologies, including Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era (Routledge, 2019), Manticore: Hybrid Writing from Hybrid Identities (Sundress, 2019), No Tender Fences (2019), an anthology of immigrant & first-generation American poetry to benefit RAICES-TEXAS, and the Brooklyn Cities anthology (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2019).
Campanioni has lectured and presented at international conferences and symposiums, TED Talks, and the Transatlantic Poetry Series, and has served as a visiting author and writer in residence 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, creative writing, Internet & intimacy, and journalism at Pace University and Baruch College. Recent research on facial recognition and migration was presented in 2019 at MIT’s Media In Transition 10, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the Centre for Media & Celebrity Studies, the &Now Festival of Innovative Writing, the International Migration Conference, and Migrant States of Exception.
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