Chen Chen

Longlist, 2017 National Book Awards

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

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

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. More about this book >

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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. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in PoetryThe New York Times Magazine, Poem-a-Day, Best of the NetThe Best American PoetryBettering American Poetry, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He helps edit Iron Horse and Gabby. He also works on a new journal called Underblong, which he co-founded with the poet Sam Herschel Wein. Chen received his MFA from Syracuse University, and lives in Lubbock with his partner.

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