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Sandra Lim

Sandra Lim, Ph.D. Associate Professor
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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    (978) 934-4194
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    O'Leary Library - 4th Floor
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Poetry & Poetics; 20th-Century American Literature

Research Interests

Poetry & Poetics, 20th-Century & Contemporary Poetry, Asian American Studies, Creative Nonfiction, Essay.


  • Ph.D., English, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  • MFA, Poetry, Iowa Writers' Workshop, Iowa City, IA
  • BA, English, Stanford University, Stanford, CA


Sandra Lim, Ph.D., is the author of three books of poetry: The Curious Thing (W.W. Norton, 2021); The Wilderness (W.W. Norton, 2014), winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Louise Glück; and Loveliest Grotesque (Kore Press, 2006). Her work has appeared in a range of magazines and literary journals, including The New York Review of Books, Poetry, The New Republic, The Baffler, The Yale Review, and The New York Times Magazine, among others. Her poems and essays are anthologized in Counterclaims (Dalkey Archive Press, 2020), The Poem's Country (Pleiades Press, 2018), The Echoing Green (The Modern Library, 2016), and Among Margins (Ricochet Editions, 2016). 

Sandra's honors include a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the Levis Reading Prize for The Wilderness, a Pushcart Prize, as well as residency fellowships from MacDowell, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Getty Foundation.