Kirsten Shu-ying Chen
Kirsten holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Chinese from the University of Maryland . Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Anamesa, Bodega, Best American Poetry (online), Hanging Loose Press, Seventh Wave, Texas Review's Gordian review, Public Pool, PANK and VIATOR, among others.
In 2018, she was shortlisted for the DISQUIET International Literary Prize.
Her professional writing also includes NBCC author interviews, financial regulatory white papers, creative essays and more. Community is vital to her; Kirsten has volunteered at the Ali Forney Center (AFC) for LGBTQ youth for over four years. Through her involvement at the AFC, she currently teaches a creative writing workshop at the Harlem drop-in center.
In 2012, she also founded the artist collective “By, The People” (BTP) and has organized several pop-up events in the NYC area benefiting performance and visual artists in their nascent development. She served on the board of the New School’s “Poetry & Politics” conference and continues to look for ways to stay actively involved in the things that matter most.
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