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Lincroft, NJ, February 21, 2011 – Brookdale Community College will host celebrated writer Ken Chen on March 3 at 7 p.m. in the Warner Student Life Center Twin Lights rooms I&II.
Chen, was winner of the 2009 Yale Younger Poets Prize, the oldest annual literary award in the U.S. The Director of the Asian-American Writers Workshop and a Yale-trained lawyer, he will read from his work and answer questions about coming from an immigrant family and being a Chinese-American.
While an attorney, 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 left his promising Wall Street career to become the Executive Director of The Asian American Writer’s Workshop, the most prominent literary arts nonprofit in support of Asian American literature.