Chen Chen

Xiamen, China



Chen Chen was born in Xiamen, China, and grew up in Massachusetts. The recipient of the 2016 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, he has been awarded fellowships from Kundiman, the Saltonstall Foundation, and Lambda Literary. In 2015, he was a finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, The New York Times Magazine, Poem-a-Day, Best of the Net, The Best American Poetry, Bettering American Poetry, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He has been featured on the PBS Newshour and 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.

He earned his BA at Hampshire College

Average rating: 4.3 · 827 ratings · 126 reviews · 3 distinct works
When I Grow Up I Want to Be...

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Set the Garden on Fire

4.57 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 2015
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Kissing the Sphinx

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2016
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“Aren’t all great love stories, at their core, great mistakes?”
Chen Chen, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities

“Sometimes, parents & children become the most common strangers. Eventually, a street appears where they can meet again.”
Chen Chen, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities

“What is it, to remember nothing, of what one loved?”
Chen Chen, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities

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