Alumni Reading at Buffalo Street Books
Chen Chen just made the National Book Award’s longlist for poetry!
Chen 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 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 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.