The LGBT Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents the April discussion of the Queer Poetry Reading Group, featuring When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen, longlisted for the National Book Award and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in gay poetry. In this ferocious and tender debut Chen Chen investigates inherited forms of love and family—the strained relationship between a mother and son, the cost of necessary goodbyes—all from Asian American, immigrant, and queer perspectives. Holding all accountable, this collection fully embraces the loss, grief, and abundant joy that come with charting one’s own path in identity, life, and love. NPR Books calls it "a deeply serious and moving book about Chinese-American experience, young love, poetry, family, and the family one makes amongst friends."
To be a cyclone
of laughter when my parents say
their new coworker is like that, they can tell
because he wears pink socks, see, you don’t, so you can’t,
can’t be one of them. To be the one
my parents raised me to be
This is a virtual event over zoom. Advance RSVP to [email protected] is required to receive the zoom link. Limited free copies of the book are available -- request a copy with your RSVP. If you do not need a free copy, books can be purchased at this link, with 10% of your purchase supporting programs at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. The book is available in print, audiobook, or ebook formats.
This virtual event will include live closed-captioning.
The discussion is facilitated by Jimmy Hamill and is supported in part by the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, with generous support provided by a grant to Lafayette College from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.