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.

To see more writing, visit the writing page.

Nonfiction

When I began my undergraduate degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, my roots were in concrete and visual poetry. I focused heavily on writting on the page—or rather, all over the page. As my time in the writing program progressed, I found myself experimenting in all kinds of craft. I really wanted to learn as much about writing every way I could. Outside of school, however, I often found myself at a local storytelling show run by Jeremy Owens called You're Being Ridiculous. Since Jeremy is married to my high school english teacher and mentor, Andy Fine, I was able to attend many of the shows. I quickly became interested in the live aespect of storytelling that I went on to perform on the show myself, as well as write my entire thesis as nonfiction essays. Since then, I've written more nonfiction essays, and it's become the heart of my writing practice.

Below are several nonfiction essays for your reading pleasure:

Another Prodigal Son
2018

Coming Clean
2013

Gesture & Body Language
2018

Grace, Us, Adíos
2017

Husk
2017

Life is Ridiculous & So Am I
2017

Mineral Point: Becoming Part of a History
2015

Mushrooming
2018

Red Pants
2017

Something to Fear
2017

The Bike Courier
2019

This Is My Purpose
2012

This One Goes Out To...
2013

True North
2013

Why I Write
2015

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