Chris Cannon is an American writer living in Vancouver, B.C. He is the author of four books on music and travel, and his writing and photography have appeared in Rolling Stone, Mens Journal, Billboard, the Village Voice, Time Out New York, LOOK!, the Globe and Mail, the Sydney Morning Herald, MTV, and many others. His work has been recognized by the Tides Foundation, the Western Magazine Awards, the National Magazine Awards, the Canadian Arts Council, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the British Columbia Arts Council, and he was the recipient of the 2011 Dave Greber Award for his coverage of Iraq War deserters.
Chris is a regular contributor to the Tyee and a contributing editor at Vancouver Magazine, and has served as a columnist for the Vancouver Sun, Associate Editor at the University of Chicago Magazine, Music Editor at Performing Songwriter, Editor-in-Chief at Inside New York, and radio commentator for the CORUS network. He spent two years vetting stories for Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope, coordinating the magazine’s annual fiction contest, and occasionally works as an editorial advisor for Greenwood Press, where he has assigned and edited a number of music biographies.
A former Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, Chris served in the Presidential honor guard under George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, marched in Clinton’s inauguration parade, and trained with the Marine Corps’ legendary Silent Drill Team. Originally enlisting for the infantry, Chris moved into the intelligence and counterterrorism fields, graduating from Terrorism Counteraction School with the highest scores in the history of the program, later authoring the Marine Corps’ first domestic counterterrorism course following the 1995 bombing in his hometown of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Chris completed his undergraduate degree at Columbia University, where he was a Vidda scholar, student council president, writers club president, and a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. During his graduate work at the University of Virginia and University of Chicago, Chris specialized in metaphor theory, cultural criticism, and American subcultures, and spent two years jumping trains for his thesis on the metaphors employed by transient communities. Chris is also a world-class ultimate-frisbee player, competing in five national championships and two world championships.
Chris lives in Vancouver, B.C, with his wife, Mary, his cat, Chairman Meow, and a domesticated seagull, Charles de Gull. He teaches courses and seminars on cultural criticism, satire, and magazine journalism at the University of British Columbia. Over the past few years he has written and directed several short films and comedy sketches for film races, winning “Audience Choice” for his 2011 film Self-Made Man. He is currently authoring his memoir, Little Sins, and seeking production for his comedy feature, The World Poker Tour of Poker, and his web series, Document.