Ken Chen is an Assistant Professor and the Associate Director of Creative Writing at Barnard College. His next book Death Star follows his journey to the underworld to rescue his father and his encounters there with those destroyed by colonialism. His poetry collection, Juvenilia, was selected by poet Louise Glück for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. He has received fellowships from the NEA, NYFA, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library. From 2008 to 2019, Chen served as the Executive Director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. He also cofounded the cultural website Arts & Letters Daily and CultureStrike, a national arts organization dedicated to migrant justice.