2001 Leon C Simon Dr, New Orleans, LA 70122, United States
Benjamin Franklin High School where C. W. Cannon studied.
633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, United States
Northwestern University where C. W. Cannon received his Bachelor of Arts degree.
1200 W Harrison St, Chicago, IL 60607, United States
The University of Illinois at Chicago where C. W. Cannon received his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.
2800 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70117, United States
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts where C. W. Cannon studied.
(Set in New Orleans, Soul Resin plumbs the dark mysteries ...)
Set in New Orleans, Soul Resin plumbs the dark mysteries that lurk among the layers of that city's past. Mills Loomis Mills, an edgy college dropout at the centre of the story, finds his life intertwined with a remarkable assemblage of characters.
(Haze is excited to be joining one of the best high school...)
Haze is excited to be joining one of the best high school marching bands in New Orleans but worried about getting in and staying in. Miranda wonders whether she'll ever make any real friends at a school where she doesn't even like any of the kids. Erik is stuck in a relationship with a girlfriend he's sick of and doesn't know how to tell his parents that he doesn't want to play football anymore. Haze, Miranda, and Erik have never met. They go to different schools on opposite sides of town. But then Hurricane Katrina strikes, stranding them together and forcing them to rely on each other for sanity and survival. They swim, row, walk, run, and fight together, until - a week after Katrina passes - they can barely remember the lives they knew before.
(Eons after the destruction of Earth, an ancient god calls...)
Eons after the destruction of Earth, an ancient god calls up memories of the late 20th Century in New Orleans. Someone or something is compelling him to relive a single night in the French Quarter in the 1980s. The god is Dionysos and his will is to subsume another acolyte into his beastly brood. He narrates the story of this struggle, as his human beloved, a failed classical composer working in a dead-end restaurant tracks down his genius pianist ex-girlfriend and murderous father for direction. A man and a god wander the streets and bars of the French Quarter, encountering a huge cast of inimitable characters and shadowy leftovers of gods and music - Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Messiaen, and scores of others. All the while, Dionysos struggles to unearth the secret of the mortals he loves and loves to hate, in the hope that he will finally be able to understand what he is.
(Pete "Maz" Mazewski is a beloved Chicago jazzman, of Poli...)
Pete "Maz" Mazewski is a beloved Chicago jazzman, of Polish extraction, drawing to the end of a prolific career. One morning he wakes up in Chicago and feels an irrepressible urge to head south on the train. He ends up in New Orleans, a city in the grip of a vernacular jazz renaissance and a crime wave in the late 1980s. Experiencing an escalating series of violent attacks, he yet feels rejuvenated, almost youthful again. His quest for musical and sensual intensity leads to new heights of ecstasy and danger, as the racial tension he's resisted all his life finally blows up in his face.
After graduating from Benjamin Franklin High School in 1984, C. W. Cannon studied at Northwestern University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in German language and literature in 1989. After a few years of residence in Europe (mainly in Berlin), he returned to the United States and obtained a Master of Arts degree in English and creative writing at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1995. In 2001 he also got a Doctor of Philosophy degree in English and creative writing.
Cannon also attended New Orleans Center for Creative Arts where he studied music in 1981-1984.
C. W. Cannon began his teaching career in Berlin, Germany, as a teaching assistant at Willi-Graf-Gymnasium where he worked in 1990-1991. In 1994 he joined the University of Illinois at Chicago as an instructor of English. He taught composition I and II, introduction to literature, introduction to fiction writing, and advanced fiction writing till 1999. The next year, he went to the Xavier University of Louisiana where was an adjunct assistant professor till 2003. Courses he taught included composition and rhetoric, introduction to literature, world literature (till 1600), and advanced non-fiction writing.
Right afterward, he became an instructor of English at the University of New Orleans where he worked till 2009, the year he joined Loyola University New Orleans as an English instructor. He worked there till the next year. From 2010 till 2011 he was a Fulbright professor of English at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal. In 2004 he was also an adjunct instructor of creative writing at Tulane University.
Since 2011 Cannon has been an English instructor at Loyola University New Orleans. Classes he teaches are critical reading and writing, writing about literature, New Orleans in film, and New Orleans in the American imagination.
C. W. Cannon, besides his teaching career, is actively engaged in writing. His first artistic efforts were in music. When he became frustrated with the inability of music to make concrete statements about concrete social and historical situations, he began to try his hand at writing words.
He published his book, Soul Resin, in 2002. The other books include Katrina Means Cleansing, Sleepytime Down South, and French Quarter Beautification Project. He has also published short fiction, essays, and book reviews, in Third Coast, Other Voices, New Orleans Review, Constance, American Book Review, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, the Times-Picayune, and nolafugees.com. His work was anthologized in Louisiana in Words, Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?, In Our Own Words: A Generation Defining Itself, and New Orleans by New Orleans. He is a frequent contributor to The Lens (thelensnola.org), where he writes about New Orleans, the South, and race.
(Haze is excited to be joining one of the best high school...)2015
(Pete "Maz" Mazewski is a beloved Chicago jazzman, of Poli...)2017
(Eons after the destruction of Earth, an ancient god calls...)2016
(Set in New Orleans, Soul Resin plumbs the dark mysteries ...)2002
The overriding non-literary influence on his work is his overriding subject: New Orleans, then and now and in imagined futures, as a microcosm of human experience. Partly because he grew up in the city, and partly because of the city's fascinating history before his birth, he envisions a series of works of fiction, which may vary widely in cast and style, yet share the same task: exploring the mystery of what the New Orleans experience says to and about human civilization generally.
C. W. Cannon believes in casting a wide net, one that contains works of antiquity as well as of the present, and from varying cultural traditions. He also reads a lot of history, the official record of how human beings have actually behaved. Among his favorite influences are William Faulkner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Ishmael Reed, Michael Ondaatje, and Louise Erdrich.
C. W. Cannon speaks German, French, Spanish, Dutch, and Wolof.
C. W. Cannon married Laura Elizabeth Adelman on July 29, 2000. The marriage produced one child, Russell Skipworth.