Of all the amazing writers who will be gracing the Delta Mouth stage this year, I’m most looking forward to Chen Chen’s reading. It’s great to have so much LGBT representation at the festival, and as a queer man, I especially appreciate his poem “Self-Portrait as So Much Potential” for how it captures the disappointment and the systemic and familial stifling that we all face as members of a heteronormative society. —Alex T, Social Media Coordinator
Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, which was longlisted for a National Book Award. His work has appeared in Poetry, Tin House, New York Times Magazine, The Best American Poetry, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He was featured in Poets & Writers as one of “Ten Poets Who Will Change the World” and lives in Rochester, NY with his partner and their pug dog, Mr. Rupert Giles.
Chen’s visit is cosponsored by New Delta Review. We are excited to have him reading on our second night of Delta Mouth 2018 at 7pm on Saturday April 7th in the Hans and Donna Sternberg Salon (LSU Campus). Our full schedule of events is available here.