Michelle Chen is a nineteen-year-old poet, writer, and artist who takes inspiration for her writing from the events that occur in and around her home, New York City, though she was born in Singapore and hopes to return and visit someday. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Bat City Review, Rattle, and elsewhere. Her writing has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the YoungArts Foundation, Foyle Young Poets, Ploughshares Emerging Writers, the Lancaster Writing Award for Literary Criticism, and the City College of New York, among others. She has performed her work at venues including Lincoln Center, Sotheby's, the National Arts Club, and the NYC Poetry Festival, and has attended writing workshops at Amherst and the Iowa Young Writers' Studio with the support of the National Society of Arts and Letters. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.