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Poetry Path: Chen Chen

Chen Chen

Chen Chen, from Set the Garden on Fire

Chen Chen is a Chinese-American poet. His debut poetry collection, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, 2017) won the Thom Gunn Award, and was longlisted for the National Book Award. His work appears in many poetry publications, including The Best American Poetry (2015, 2019) and Poetry magazine. His work explores his intersecting identities, and the voices and diction that fit within one poem.

Chen Chen, from “Set the Garden on Fire” (Porkbelly Press, 2014).

Photo by Daniel Terna

Chen Chen, “Set the Garden on Fire” from Set the Garden on Fire (Porkbelly Press, 2014). Used with the permission of the author.

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