Shirley Geok-lin Lim


Shirley Geok-lin Lim



Shirley Geok-lin Lim’s collections Do You Live In and Ars Poetica are published by Ethos, Singapore 2015.

Born in Malacca in 1944, Shirley Lim is an American citizen with a Malaysian (Malacca Peranakan) background. She is arguably Malaysia’s foremost poet writing in English.

She is the author of ten poetry collections, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize-winning Crossing the Peninsula (1980) – a first for a woman and for an Asian author – and a Selected, with three new collections awaiting publication. She has also written three novels, short stories, academic papers, and a memoir.

Now retired as Professor Emerita, she was a professor in the English department at University of California for over twenty years (1990-2012).

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