Carlos Antonio Piñón

artist, writer, performer


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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


Carlos Antonio Piñón

Carlos Antonio Piñón is an artist and writer examining how people interact with words and language. His main interests include nonfiction essays, artists' books, and databending sonification. Carlos holds an BFA with an Emphasis in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Nonfiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago.