Chris Campanioni

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Chris Campanioni
Chris Campanioni walking for C-IN2.jpg
Chris Campanioni walking for C-IN2
Born Manhattan
Occupation Author, journalist, model

Chris Campanioni is an American writer of Cuban and Polish descent. He is also a model, and a former journalist. He was born in Manhattan and raised in New Jersey, studied English literature and journalism at Lehigh University, and graduated from the MA program at Fordham University in May 2013. He teaches English literature and fiction writing at College of Staten Island and Baruch College. To date, he has written a novel about fashion and the media titled Going Down (Aignos, 2013), In Conversation (Aignos, 2014), a collection of poetry and memoir, and Once in a Lifetime (Berkeley Press, 2014), a film transposed in four acts. He has also been photographed for various clothing lines and editorials, and participated in several print and television campaigns, along with runway shows in Manhattan, Miami, and Rio de Janeiro.

Style and Influence[edit]

His work is affiliated with the Latin American neo-Surrealists along with Brion Gysin and his cut-up technique.[1] While also hugely influenced by the historic avant-garde (Dada, et al.), the coterie that haunts his first trilogy of novels is the Situationist International.[2] In an interview at Cannes 2010, he said: “I infiltrated these areas of culture for a very specific reason, and that is to write about them from an insider’s perspective, unlike much other journalism or fiction, from the outside looking in.” However, in the cover story for DNA’s Sexiest Man Alive issue (August 2009), he told the magazine that he admired Britney Spears’s acting in Crossroads, so it is difficult to gauge his sincerity in dialogue with the media.

His writing reenacts while recording the interferences that occur daily, whether implicitly or on the intuitive and sensory level of consciousness. His writing responds to the reduction and disintegration of language and consciousness; an attempt to suggest a new way of communicating, which is still taking shape.[3]


In March, Campanioni became the youngest finalist for the International Latino Book Awards when Going Down was selected as Best Debut Novel.[4]

The New York Post named Going Down one of its "must-read books" of the month in October.[5]

Going Down has been lauded by various media, including the Manhattan Times, for its realistic portrayal of the newsroom and the fashion industry from the Latino perspective.[6] The novel has also garnered some criticism for its dark tone and meta-fiction writing style. [7]

In the spring of 2013, Campanioni was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize for In Conversation. From the Academy of American Poets committee:

"Campanioni immediately draws the reader in with a sharp sensibility for the music of language. 'Forty faces, one line' demonstrates an aptitude for poetic structure as well as a contemporary sense of rhyme, and 'Billboards' focuses first in a prose-poem, then in quatrains, on the contrast between the self commodified and the loneliness of the soul inside of the commodified body. By focusing outside and inside the self in refreshing ways, Campanioni offers us meditations on 'body and soul' that include the elegant woman who’s dropped her dentures as well as the child yearning to eat cake. The poem 'Endnotes for Life' takes familiar territory (the story of Lot’s wife, the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, and the personal narrative) and makes a structure for it that calls into question the primacy of narrative in much American poetry. These sharp views of the human theater force us to examine our place in it, and to question what more exists in our own internal worlds."

His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction has been published in The Brooklyn Rail, Fjords Review, San Francisco Chronicle, The Star-Ledger, The Record (Bergen County), Across the Margin, theNewerYork, Vending Machine Press, La Pluma y La Tinta, Squawk Back, Control Literary, Red Savina Review, Lime Hawk, Literary Orphans, Blunderbuss Magazine, What the Fiction, Rosebud Magazine, Quiddity International Literary Journal, and elsewhere. As an actor he has also appeared on “The Today Show,” “The View,” and in various speaking roles on “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” in addition to commercials ranging from Dentyne Ice to Axe body spray, Ab Roller Evolution and Rocking Abs. He has been photographed for international magazines, books, and catalogues spanning Rio and Milan, Paris and Melbourne, including the cover of DNA. He is most known for his work with C-IN2, a campaign he has shot since June 2007, as well as his work with Tommy Hilfiger and Izod underwear.


In the month leading to the novel's release, Campanioni created an interactive video calendar featuring film adaptations from various scenes in Going Down. The calendar reevaluates the notion of "real time" and also broadens the ways in which readers can respond to and read a text. RealClear's December 2013 feature ("The Model Writer") compared Campanioni's work to Andy Warhol and French New Wave cinema.[8]

Oradell resident writes new book based on modeling career

[3] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19]


  1. ^ Dissette, James (September 22, 2014). "Spy Questions for Author and Poet Chris Campanioni". The Chestertown Spy. 
  2. ^ Gilstrap, Beth (July 2014). "Book Reviews: Going Down". Fjords Review. 
  3. ^ a b "Michigan Business Network's Show Biz Weekly, October 18, 2013". 
  4. ^ "Finalists announced 2014 International Latino Book Awards". Contacto Latino. March 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ Heller, Billy (October 5, 2013). "This week's must-read books". New York Post. 
  6. ^ McQueen, Gregg (November 27, 2013). "Headed up with Going Down". Manhattan Times. 
  7. ^ Ferrer, Maria (December 16, 2013). "Review: Going Down". Latina Book Club. 
  8. ^ Johnson, G. Allen (December 9, 2013). "The Model Writer". RealClear. 
  9. ^ Johnson, G. Allen. "The Model Writer". RealClear. 
  10. ^ McQueen, Gregg. "Headed up with Going Down". Manhattan Times. 
  11. ^ Samel, Samantha. "Heights writer, model celebrates debut novel". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. 
  12. ^ "Freshpair interviews Chris Campanioni". 
  13. ^ "LatinaLibations interview with Author Chris Campanioni". 
  14. ^ Campanioni, Chris. "Minding The Gap". The Brooklyn Rail. 
  15. ^ Campanioni, Chris. "It's All In Your Head". The Brooklyn Rail. 
  16. ^ Campanioni, Chris. "Lost With Phone". The Brooklyn Rail. 
  17. ^ Campanioni, Chris. "Half In Speculation". The Brooklyn Rail. 
  18. ^ Campanioni, Chris. "Snapshots of the Artist". The Brooklyn Rail. 
  19. ^ "Behind the Scenes at the Inside Jersey Magazine Fashion Shoot". The Star-Ledger. May 17, 2011.