Professor Kirstin Chen

Kirstin Chen

Adjunct Professor


Professor Kirstin Chen is the author of novels Counterfeit (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2022), Bury What We Cannot Take, and Soy Sauce for Beginners. She has received awards from the Steinbeck Fellows Program, Sewanee, Hedgebrook, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Toji Cultural Foundation, and the National Arts Council of Singapore. More information about her work can be found on her website,, and via Twitter at @kirstin_chen.


  • MFA Emerson College
  • BA Stanford University

Awards & Distinctions

  • Hedgebrook Residency

  • Steinbeck Fellowship

  • Sewanee Writers' Conference Stanley Elkin Scholarship

Selected Publications

  • Chen, K. (2018). Bury What We Cannot Take. New York, NY: Little A/Amazon Publishing

  • Chen, K. (2014). Soy Sauce for Beginners. New York, NY: New Harvest/Amazon Publishing