Tuesday, February 19, 2019
7:30pm, Weinstein Auditorium
Chen Chen’s debut collection When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, 2017) was the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Prize, the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, selected as a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, and longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award. Chen’s visionary poems address youth, family and love playfully and tenderly, navigating the intersections of queer, Asian-American and immigrant identities. Poets & Writers named Chen in their Inspiration Issue as one of “Ten Poets Who Will Change the World” and The Atlantic featured him in the article “How Poetry Came to Matter Again.” He studied Pacific/Asian/American Studies at Hampshire College and earned his MFA from Syracuse University and his PhD from Texas Tech University.
Supported by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures