“Self-Portrait As So Much Potential” from When I Grow Up I Want To Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen
Read by Peter Conners
Born in Xiamen, China, Chen Chen 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. He is the recipient of fellowships from Kundiman, the Saltonstall Foundation, and Lambda Literary. He earned his BA at Hampshire College and his MFA at Syracuse University. He lives in Lubbock, Texas, where he is pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University.