Poet Chen Chen, winner of the Thom Gunn Award and a Pushcart Prize, reads from his work along with several creative writing seniors. The C.K. Williams Reading Series showcases senior thesis students of the Program in Creative Writing with established writers as special guests.

Featured Student Readers:

  • Thomas Dayzie ’22
  • Marc Schorin ’22
  • Malcolm Slutzky ’22
  • Peter Taylor ’22
  • Ellen Whiteside ’22

Tickets + Details

The reading is free and open to the public but advance tickets are required. Reserve tickets through University Ticketing

Get directions to the Drapkin Studio and find other venue information for the arts complex.

COVID-19 Guidance + Updates

Per Princeton University policy, all guests are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to wear a mask when indoors; currently children under 12 are not permitted in campus buildings as they are not currently able to be vaccinated.


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About the Author

chen in glasses and black blazer seated with legs crossed

Photo by Mike Lovett

Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the Thom Gunn Award, among other honors, and Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency. His work appears/is forthcoming in many publications, including Poetry and three editions of The Best American Poetry (2015, 2019, and 2021). He has received a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from Kundiman and the National Endowment for the Arts. With a brilliant team, he edits the literary journal Underblong. He teaches at Brandeis University as the Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence and lives in Waltham, Massachusetts, with his partner Jeff Gilbert and their pug, Mr. Rupert Giles.