Carlos Antonio Piñón

Carlos Antonio Piñón is a Chicago-born artist and writer seeking to destroy the sentence. His work has been featured in several recycle bins throughout the city, most often with a better draft already in progress.

Carlos's biggest secret is that he has no idea how to write. Like no idea. He just kind of smashes the keys on his laptop hoping they form complete sentences. He wrote his last essay by throwing darts at a dictionary.

You're Being Ridiculous: Skeletons. 2016. Performance.

By the time I read for You're Being Ridiculous for the first time, I already had five readings under my belt. In fact, in three of those previous readings, I had read different versions of the same essay: "Red Pants". And even after this reading, I continued to revise that same essay (though you could read the version of the essay on the You're Being Ridiculous website. Yet, what set this reading apart wasn't necessarily that I was a featured performer nor was it the prestigious venue, the Steppenwolf Theatre. It was the first time I had ever been paid to give a reading.

This reading, which took place on September 10, 2016, forever changed me and has set my entire life in motion—in many ways explicit, and in other ways yet to be seen.

Carlos Antonio Piñón

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