Alumni Reading at Buffalo Street Books


Chen Chen just made the National Book Award’s longlist for poetry!


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 chenchenchenChen 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 lives near Syracuse, New York, and is teaching online for The Poetry School.


His poems have won the National Poetry Prize 2015 and Ledge 2014 Poetry Prize, and were finalists for the Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Prize, Ruth Stone Prize, Able Muse Write Prize, and Tor House Poetry Award. They’ve appeared in North American Review, Jewish Currents, Stone Canoe and The Poetry Review among others.


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.


Having been granted fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Art Farm and Saltonstall Foundation, he’s now writing several projects – a book on the poetics of stand-up, a book on the musicality of language in world religions, and a book of interviews on timing in language and the visual arts. His first manuscript of poems, a finalist for the Levis Prize, is currently under revision and nearing completion.

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)