Ken Chen


Executive Director, Asian American Writer's Workshop

Ken Chen is the Executive Director of The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, the most prominent literary arts nonprofit in support of Asian American literature. Most recently, he curated PAGE TURNER, a two-day Brooklyn literary festival that featured writers such as Jhumpa Lahiri, Michael Ondaatje, and David Henry Hwang. He is the 2009 recipient of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. His debut poetry collection Juvenilia was selected by Pulitzer Prize winner Louise Gluck. While an immigration attorney, Mr. Chen successfully represented the asylum claim of a Guinean teenager who had been detained by the Department of Homeland Security. The case was named one of the top ten most significant pro bono cases of 2007 by American Lawyer and profiled by The New York Post, Essence, and The New York Times. He is a co-founder of Arts & Letters Daily, a cultural website described by The New York Times as “required reading for the global intelligentsia” and called the “best website in the world” by The Guardian.  Find Ken on Twitter.

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