Wednesday, February 22, 2017

[Poet Spotlight] Chen Chen

Among the Asian American poets who published a book in 2016 was Chen Chen. His second chapbook is Kissing the Sphinx. Keywords: love, Tuesday, apocalypse, Mariah Carey.

Kissing the Sphinx was a finalist for the Two of Cups chapbook contest and was released on March 31st, 2016 and features an image by Lizzy DuQuette.

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 forthcoming spring 2017 from BOA Editions, Ltd.

A Kundiman and Lambda Literary Fellow, Chen’s work has appeared in two chapbooks as well as in publications such as Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Best of the Net, and The Best American Poetry.

Chen 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 is currently pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University.

He lives in Lubbock with his partner Jeff Gilbert and their pug dog Mr. Rupert Giles. He's available for readings, workshops, and conversations about Tuxedo Mask.Take him up on it.

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