Ken Chen is the executive director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, a nonprofit dedicated to inventing the future of Asian American literary culture. He is the 2009 recipient of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, the oldest annual literary award in the United States, for his debut poetry collection Juvenilia. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts and the Bread Loaf Writers conference, Ken is a writer whose work has appeared or been recognized in Best American Essays 2006, Best American Essays 2007 (Honorable Mention), the Boston Review, CNN.com, and Fence.
He is one of the founders of CultureStrike, a national artist movement on immigration which organized 300 writers to boycott Arizona in the wake of SB1070 and brings writers to the immigration frontlines in this country. In addition to blogging for the avant-garde poe