Chen Chen (born March 9, 1989) is an American poet. His book, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, has been longlisted for the 2017 National Book Awards. Starting in Fall 2018, Chen will serve as the Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University.
Chen was born in Xiamen, China and grew up in Massachusetts. After graduating from Newton North High School, he received his B.A. in creative writing and Asian/Pacific/American Studies at Hampshire College in 2011, and his M.F.A. from Syracuse University in 2014. Chen is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in English and creative writing at Texas Tech University, where he is a part-time instructor in composition.
His work has appeared in Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, Drunken Boat, Best of the Net, The Best American Poetry, The Academy of American Poets, and elsewhere. He has served as a poetry editor for Salt Hill Journal, and currently serves as editor-in-chief of Underblong and managing editor for Iron Horse Review.
Awards and fellowships
- 2017 Longlisted, National Book Award
- 2016 Kundiman Fellow
- 2015 Finalist, Poetry Foundation's Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships
- 2014 New Delta Review's Matt Clark Award in Poetry
- 2014 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize
- 2014 Finalist, Narrative's 30 Below Contest
- 2011 Joyce Carol Oates Award
- When I Grow Up I Want to be a List of Further Possibilities (New York: BOA Editions, 2017)
- Kissing the Sphinx (Two of Cups Press, 2016)
- Set the Garden on Fire (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
- Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (University of Georgia Press, 2018)