Chen Chen was born in Xiamen, China, and grew up in Massachusetts. His debut poetry collection, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. A Kundiman and Lambda Literary Fellow, Chen's work has appeared in two chapbooks as well as in publications such as Poetry, The New York Times Magazine, Poem-a-Day, Best of the Net and The Best American Poetry. He has been featured on the PBS Newshour and Out.com. 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 Ph.D 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.
In this ferocious and tender debut, award-winning poet 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. Holding all accountable, this collection fully embraces the loss, grief, and abundant joy that come with charting one’s own path in identity, life, and love.