Literary Nonfiction. Latinx Studies. Memoir. THE INTERNET IS FOR REAL inverts the autobiography in the age of dis-integration, calling into question all narratives of national belonging."Right? So that the universe could eat me & send traces everywhere, this book or the backroom countertop audio of the same scene."Sifting through—and re-writing—the films of Godard, the novels of Henry James, Twin Peaks, VR fantasies, Internet ephemera, and his father's dreams of Cuba, Chris Campanioni reveals the materiality of our spaceless encounters, and forces us to reckon with the violence hidden below the sleek 4G surface. As he revisits his parents' migration to the United States and his own first-generation dislocation through a blur of poetry, prose, and screen-play, Campanioni shows us that in a culture of self-dissemination and unlimited arrivals, we are all exiles under the sign of a mythical return.
author siteGabriel Garcia Ochoa @ Harvard Review OnlineRalph Hamilton @ Rhino PoetryClara B. Jones @ Fence Digital
Chris Campanioni is a first-generation American and the son of immigrants from Cuba and Poland. He has worked as a journalist, model, and actor, and he teaches Latino literature and creative writing at Baruch College and Pace University. His "Billboards" poem that responded to Latino stereotypes and mutable—and often muted—identity in the fashion world was awarded an Academy of American Poets College Prize in 2013, his novel Going Down was selected as Best First Book at the 2014 International Latino Book Awards, and his hybrid piece "This body's long (& I'm still loading)" was adapted as an official selection of the Canadian International Film Festival in 2017. A year earlier, he adapted his award-winning course, "Identity, Image, & Intimacy in the Age of the Internet," for his first TEDx Talk. He edits PANK, At Large, and Tupelo Quarterly and lives in Brooklyn, where he wrote DEATH OF ART, also available from C&R Press.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA