When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities

Longlist, National Book Awards 2017 for Poetry

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen book cover
ISBN 9781942683339
BOA Editions, Ltd.
Chen Chen author photo, credit: Jess Chen
Chen Chen

Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and out now from BOA Editions. A Kundiman and Lambda Literary Fellow, Chen has also authored two chapbooks. More about this author >

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In this ferocious and tender debut, Chen Chen investigates inherited forms of love and family—the strained relationship between a mother and son, the cost of necessary goodbyes—all from Asian American, immigrant, and queer perspectives. Holding all accountable, this collection fully embraces the loss, grief, and abundant joy that come with charting one’s own path in identity, life, and love.

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