Alumni Reading at Buffalo Street Books


Chen Chen (’14) and Eric Berlin (’16) come to Ithaca this fall, for a reading at Buffalo Street Books on Saturday, September 23, from 6:00-7:00pm.


chen chenChen 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 published this past spring 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 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 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.



eric-berlin-2016Eric Berlin is a poet living near Syracuse, New York, where he teaches courses at the Downtown Writer’s Center like Ear Training for Poets, Improv and The Poetics of Prayer.


His poems received The Ledge 2014 Poetry Prize and were runners-up for the Tor House Poetry Award, Able Muse Write Prize, Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Prize, and Ruth Stone Prize. They have appeared or are forthcoming in North American Review, Jewish Currents, Stone Canoe and The Poetry Review.


Eric received an MFA in Sculpture from NY Academy of Art, an MFA in Poetry from Syracuse University, and a BA in English from Harvard University. Continual threads in his work have been the rhythm of language and the role of improvisation in creative recovery.


Having received fellowships from Art Farm and Vermont Studio Center, he’s now writing two craft books – one on the use of poetic patterning in stand-up and another exploring the musicality of language as viewed by six different religions – as well as a book of poems.

Reading Time & Location

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017

Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Location: Buffalo Street Books in downtown Ithaca


The bookstore is located one block from the Commons in the DeWitt Mall (same building as the Moosewood Restaurant!) The main entrance is on Buffalo Street, next door to Greenstar Oasis, and across the street from DeWitt Park. (See map below)