Chris Campanioni was born in Manhattan in 1985 and grew up in a very Nineties New Jersey. The son of exiles from Cuba and Poland, Chris is a writer, multimedia artist, instructor, and the editor and publisher of PANK and PANK Books. His 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’)” received the Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize in 2015, awarded annually to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place. Earlier, he was awarded the 2013 Academy of American Poets College Prize. Most recently, he was awarded a CHCI-Mellon Global Humanities Institute fellowship in 2019 to join the Transnational Joint Research Center for Migration, Logistics, and Cultural Intervention and in 2021, he became a member of the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean.

His essays, poetry, and fiction have been translated into Spanish and Portuguese, appearing in BOMB, Diacritics, Life Writing, Catapult, American Poetry Review, Fence, Ambit, Nat. Brut, Kenyon Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Tupelo Press Quarterly, Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, Hayden’s Ferry Review, 3:AM Magazine, DIAGRAM, Poetry International {this list is long … & I’m still loading}, M/C: Media & Culture, Prelude, RHINO Poetry, Gorse, and several other journals, anthologies, and edited volumes, including Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era (Routledge, 2019), Manticore: Hybrid Writing from Hybrid Identities (Sundress, 2019), Migration, Dislocation and Movement on Screen (Berghahn Books, 2022), and Transmedia Selves (Routledge, 2021). His translations have been published in Beginnings of the Prose Poem: All Over The Place (Black Widow, 2021), his multimedia work has been exhibited at the New York Academy of Art, and the film adaptation of his poem This body’s long (& I’m still loading) was in the official selection at the Canadian International Film Festival.

Chris’s research on queer migration, surveillance, and the personal text has been presented internationally and he has served as a visiting author and writer in residence at universities and MFA programs across the United States. Outside the academy, he has performed at public symposiums including TED Talks and the Transatlantic Poetry Series. 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 and trying to get more students of color into graduate programs in the humanities. He teaches Latinx literature, creative writing, media studies, and journalism at Pace University and Baruch College.

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