Poetry and the Asian American Imagination: A Polymathic Evening of Reading and Reaction

Thursday, September 24, 2015
When: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Harman Academy, DML 241
Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 17:00

Dana Gioia, USC Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture, moderates an evening with celebrated poet Shirley Geok-Lin Lim, who will read her poems and discuss her journey from Asian-American international student to career as a writer, academic, and scholar of cultural exchange. Selected students will also be asked to read from her collection, followed by discussion and reaction.

Shirley Geok-lin Lim

Shirley Geok-Lin Lim is a Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests include Asian-American and post-colonial cultural productions and ethnic and feminist writing. She is the author of five volumes of poetry, three collections of short stories, a memoir, and a novel. Her first book of poems, Crossing the Peninsula, won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for 1980, the first Asian woman poet to receive this prestigious award. Her other volumes of poetry include: No Man's Grove (1985), Modem Secrets (1989), Monsoon History (1994), and What the Fortune Teller Didn't Say (1998). Her memoir, Among the White Moon Faces: An Asian-American Memoir of Homelands (Feminist Press, 1996), published simultaneously in Singapore as Among the White Moon Faces: Memoirs of a Nonya Feminist (Times Books, 1997), won the American Book Award for 1997. Professor Lim is currently at work on a study of gender and nation in Asian American representations.