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Sandra Lim

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Sandra Junyoung LimAssociate Professor
  • CollegeCollege of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • DepartmentEnglish
  • Phone(978) 934-4194
  • Emailsandra_lim@uml.edu

Research Interests

Poetry & Poetics; 20th-Century American Literature

Education

  • Ph D: English, (2002), University of California, Berkley - California
  • BA: English, (1995), Stanford University - California
  • MA: English, (1995), Stanford University - Palo Alto, CA

Biography

Sandra Lim is the author of two collections of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque (Kore, 2006) and The Wilderness (W.W. Norton, 2014), winner of the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Louise Glück. Her work is also included in the anthologies Gurlesque (Saturnalia, 2010), The Racial Imaginary (Fence, 2015), and Among Margins: An Anthology on Aesthetics (Ricochet, 2015). She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Getty Research Institute. A recipient of a 2015 Pushcart Prize, her work has appeared widely in journals such as Literary Imagination, Columbia Poetry Review, Guernica, and The Volta.

Awards and Honors

  • Elma Stuckey Liberal Arts & Sciences Emerging Poet-in-Residence - Columbia College Chicago
  • Emerging Poet-in-Residence - Elma Stuckey Liberal Arts & Sciences , Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Teaching - University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • Iowa Arts Fellowship, Teaching - University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center (2013) - Rona Jaffe Foundation
  • Barnard Women Poets Prize (2013) - selected by Louise Gluck
  • Dorothy Rosenberg Poetry Prize (2012) - Honorable Mention
  • Honorable Mention Poetry Prize (2012), Service, Professional - Dorothy Rosenberg
  • Dorothy Rosenberg Poetry Prize, Honorable Mention (2009) - Dorothy Rosenberg
  • Award for Loveliest Grotesque (2006) - Kore Press First Book , selected by Marilyn Chin
  • Soul Mountain Retreat Poetry (2006) - Soul Mountain Retreat Poetry Residency
  • The MacDowell Colony Fellowship (2006) - Peterborough, NH
  • Grand, Colorado Review Book Prize for Poetry (2005), Service, Professional - Finalist for ms. Something Something Something Grand
  • First Place Cook Prize in Poetry (2002), Teaching - Emily Chamberlain , UC Berkeley
  • Docent for The Dream of the Audience: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha Retrospective Exhibit at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (2001), Service, University - UC Berkeley
  • Chancellor's Opportunity Multi-Year Predoctoral Fellowship (2000) - UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  • Joan Lee Yang Memorial Poetry Prize, Third Place, (2000), Service, Professional - UC Berkeley
  • Joan Lee Yang Memorial Poetry Prize, First Place (1999), Service, University - UC Berkeley
  • Joan Lee Yang Memorial Poetry Prize, First Place (1998), Service, University - UC Berkeley

Publications

  • Lim, S.J. (2016) "Corrodeless Ply: On Lyric Poetry. Among Margins: An Anthology on Asethetics," Los Angeles: Ricochet Editions pp. 194-8
  • Lim, S.J. (2016) "Falls," New York: Modern Library pp. 92
  • Lim, S.J. (2016) "I Do Not Wish to Lie With My Own Kith and Kin Of Rivers, Responses to Langston Hughes," Auburn: Southern Humanities Review pp. 15
  • Lim, S.J. (2016) "Wyoming Notebook," New York: Belladonna* Press
  • Lim, S.J. (2016) "I Do Not Wish to Lie With My Own Kith and Kin ," Southern Humanities Review 49:3
  • Lim, S.J. (2016) "Polaroid," A KINEMA 3 pp. 87-88
  • Lim, S.J. (2016) "Realism," A KINEMA 3 pp. 87-88
  • Lim, S.J. (2014) "Craft Lecture for Writing Workshops," Mixed Levels Poetry Workshop
  • Lim, S.J. (2014) "Not What I Was Looking For, But What I Found: Deploying Research in Creative Writing," The Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference (AWP)
  • Lim, S.J. (2014) "Vous Et Nul Autre," Debt
  • Lim, S.J. (2013) "A Tab of Iron on The Tongue," The Account: A Journal of Prose, Poetry, and Thought
  • Lim, S.J. (2013) "Assembling First Books (Lecture)," MFA Workshop: Thesis Preparation
  • Lim, S.J. (2013) "Above Us Are the Last Lights," Martha's Vineyard Arts & Ideas 2 pp. 34
  • Lim, S.J. (2013) "Certainty," Literary Imagination 15:2 pp. 185
  • Lim, S.J. (2010) "Give Me Back the Old Wrong Thing," Gurlesque pp. 250
  • Lim, S.J. (2010) "It Increased Us," Gurlesque pp. 252
  • Lim, S.J. (2010) "Measure," Gurlesque pp. 251
  • Lim, S.J. (2010) "Vexed Pressed Frock," Gurlesque pp. 249
  • Lim, S.J. (2007) "Necessary Stranger," Boston Review 32:4 pp. 47-47
  • Lim, S.J. (2007) "Past Imperfect," Boston Review 32:1 pp. 52-52
  • Lim, S.J. (2006) "A Village Journal," Boston Review 31:3 pp. 33-33
  • Lim, S.J. (2006) "Loveliest grotesque,"
  • Lim, S.J. (2005) "Equilibrium," Denver Quarterly 39:3 pp. 75
  • Lim, S.J. (2005) "Something Something Something Grand," Zyzzyva 21:1 pp. 63
  • Lim, S.J. (2004) "After a Furious Fashion: Pairings," Colorado Review 31:3 pp. 140-140
  • Lim, S.J. (2004) "In Radiant Serenity," Good Foot 5 pp. 62
  • Lim, S.J. (2004) "The Horse and Its Rider," Colorado Review 31:3 pp. 141-141
  • Lim, S.J. (2004) "The Red Smile," Indiana Review 26:2 pp. 124-124
  • Lim, S.J. (2004) "Where Metaphorical Moves Get Started," Indiana Review 26:2 pp. 125-125

Presentations

  • - Elma Stuckey Reading, November - Chicago, IL
  • - Kore Press Reading,
  • - Prizes Reading Series, May - Berkeley, CA
  • Girls in Trouble: Poets Taking Heat, April 2013 - Boston, MA
  • - Global Voices Reading Series at UMass Boston, April 2013 - Boston, MA
  • The New (England) Guard, panelist and reader at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference - (AWP), March 2013
  • - The First and Last Word Poetry Series, March 2013 - Somerville, MA
  • - The New (England) Guard, March 2013 - Boston, MA
  • - Kore Press Reading, March 2012 - Chicago, IL
  • Asian American Poetry Past, Present, and Future - panel discussant at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference (AWP), March 2012 - Chicago, IL
  • - Cave Canem & Columbia College Chicago Reading, February 2012 - Chicago, IL
  • - Blacksmith House Reading Series, November 2011 - Cambridge, MA
  • The Practice of Poetry - lecture for Forms of Poetry seminar at Tufts University, November 2011 - Medford, MA
  • - Publicly Complex Reading Series, September 2011 - Providence, Rhode Island
  • - Cakewalk MIXER Reading Series, June 2011 - New York City, NY
  • - Small Animal Project, March 2011 - Cambridge, MA
  • - Jack Kerouac Literary Festival, October 2010 - Lowell, MA
  • Rhetorical Form - lecture/workshop instructor, September 2010 - Cambridge, MA Harvard University
  • - Crowd Reading Series XII, May 2010 - Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY
  • - Columbia Poetry Review Issue 23 Release, April 2010 - Chicago, IL
  • - Staged reading of Medea at Kolchis, April 2010 - Chicago, IL
  • - Andersonville Reading Series, February 2010 - Chicago, IL
  • - Danny's Reading Series, February 2010 - Chicago, IL
  • Abstraction and Poetic Expression - a public conversation with poetry MFA students at Columbia College, November 2009 - Chicago, IL
  • Prosody and Statements on Poetics - lecture for craft seminar Poetics Plato to Pound, November 2009 - Columbia College Chicago
  • First Books - lecture for Graduate Thesis Workshop, November 2009 - Chicago, IL
  • - Elbowing Off the Stage, October 2009 - Chicago, IL
  • - Brothers K, September 2009 - Chicago, IL
  • - Quimby's Books, September 2009 - Chicago, IL
  • , April 2009 - Berkeley, CA
  • A Korean Wave - discussant with Korean and Korean-American women poets at the University of California, April 2009 - UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  • Poetic Form and Free Forms, November 2008 - San Francisco, CA
  • - Studio One Reading Series, October 2008 - Oakland, CA
  • - A New Cadence Poetry Series, September 2008 - , Santa Cruz, CA
  • - Kundiman & Verlaine Reading, May 2008 - New York City, NY
  • On the Cut: New Voices in Poetry - panel discussant with poets Matt Hart and Major Jackson at the Bechtel International Center, May 2008 - Bechtel International Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • - Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series, April 2008 - San Diego, CA
  • - New Voices in Poetry, April 2008 - Stanford, CA
  • - Saint Mary's College Creative Writing Reading Series, April 2008 - Moraga, CA
  • - Canessa Park, November 2007 - San Francisco, CA
  • - Poetry Flash, June 2007 - Berkeley, CA
  • - Poetry Flash, June 2007 - Berkeley, CA
  • - Book Passage, April 2007 - Corte Madera, CA
  • - AWP Kore Press Reading, March 2007 - Atlanta, GA
  • Craft Seminar - lecture for Poetry Workshop, March 2007 - University of California, Merced, Merced, CA
  • , March 2007 - Merced, CA
  • - Mrs. Dalloway's, March 2007 - Berkeley, CA
  • - Pegasus Books, February 2007 - Berkeley, CA
  • - Reading Between A & B Series, February 2007 - New York City, NY
  • - Loveliest Grotesque Book Launch & Reading, January 2007 - San Francisco, CA
  • - Poets at Pegasus Books, July 2006 - Berkeley, CA
  • Racial Masquerade in Asian American Literature - Global Visions in the Arts and Humanities, a speaker series, April 2006 - University of California, Berkeley Extension, San Francisco, CA
  • Feminist Transnational Spaces: Narrating Lives of Asian Women, January 2006 - Los Angeles, CA
  • Speaking Pacific - One Hundred Years of Modern Korean Poetry, January 2006 - Pacific Film Archive Theater, Berkeley, CA
  • - ZYZZYVA 20th Anniversary Reading, April 2005 - San Francisco, CA
  • James Schuyler's Naturalism - James Schuyler Symposium, June 2002 - University of Kent at Canterbury, England
  • - Lunch Poems Reading Series, May 2002 - Berkeley, CA
  • - Holloway Poetry Series, April 2002 - Berkeley, CA
  • - Zellerbach Hall, April 2001 - University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  • The Body Articulate: Frank OHara's Poetics of Movement - North American Poetry in the 1960s, June 2000 - University of Maine, Orono, ME
  • Postmodern Visual Art - lecture for English 1B class, October 1999 - at University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  • Asian American Transcultural Experiences - the Sixth National Asian American Transcultural Conference, November 1992 - Oakland, CA

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Iowa Arts Fellowship (2002), Fellowship - University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
    Lim, S.
  • Summer Merit Research Fellowship (2002), Fellowship - UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
    Lim, S.
  • Humanities Research Travel Grant (2002), Grant - UC Berkeley
    Lim, S.
  • Mellon Summer Research Fellowship (1999), Fellowship - UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
    Lim, S.