Shirley Geok-lin Lim (Fulbright and Wien International Scholar; Ph.D. Brandeis University) is an Asian American/ Malaysian-Singapore writer of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and criticism. Her most recent collection of poems is Dawns Tomorrow.


Her first collection of poems, Crossing The Peninsula, published in 1980, won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, a first both for an Asian and a woman. She’s published seven previous poetry collections; three books of short stories; two novels (Joss and Gold and Sister Swing); a children’s novel, Princess Shawl, translated into Chinese; and The Shirley Lim Collection. Her memoir, Among the White Moon Faces, received the American Book Award.


Author of two critical studies, she edited/co-edited Reading the Literatures of Asian AmericaApproaches to Kingston’s The Woman Warrior; Transnational Asia PacificPower, Race and Gender in AcademeTransnational Asian American LiteratureThe Forbidden Stitch: An Asian American Women’s Anthology (1990 American Book Award winner); Writing Singapore; and other volumes; edited/co-edited Journal of Transnational American Studies and other journals. She served as Women’s Studies Chair (UCSB) and Chair Professor of English (HKU) and is Research Professor at University of California, Santa Barbara. Awarded the Multiethnic Literatures of the United States Lifetime Achievement Award and UCSB Faculty Research Lecture Award, she has taught at CUNY, SUNY, MIT, National Institute of Education (NTU), National Sun Yat-Sen University, National University of Singapore, and City University of Hong Kong.