Teow Lim Goh is the author of two poetry collections, Islanders (Conundrum Press, 2016) and Faraway Places (Diode Editions, 2021). Her essays, poetry, and criticism have been featured in Tin House, Catapult, Los Angeles Review of Books, PBS NewsHour, and The New Yorker.
I write from the nexus of people and place.
One of my projects is to recover the stories of Chinese immigrants in the American West.
In my first book Islanders (2016), I write into the history of Chinese exclusion and detention at the Angel Island Immigration Station in the early twentieth century.
The New Yorker writes of this work, “Teow Lim Goh imagines English-language versions of the poems that Chinese women detainees might have composed… Throughout the slim volume, Goh presents wounds that strip searches, medical exams, and extended interrogations did not reveal.”
China Mary is a book-length narrative of linked poems based on the life of a Chinese prostitute who lived in Evanston, Wyoming in the late 1800’s. I am currently submitting this manuscript to publishers.
The third volume Bitter Creek, which is in progress, will be on the 1885 Chinese Massacre in Rock Springs, Wyoming.
I also write essays on art, nature, politics, and environmental issues.
Faraway Places (2021) is a chapbook of poems that resist narrative. It resides in the spaces between the wild and the tamed and navigates the distances between light and shadow, secrets and silence.
Based in Denver for the past decade, I enjoy hiking and skiing in the mountains. Sometimes I write about these adventures.
Before I thought of myself as a writer, I was a math major in college. My Erdös number is 3. I am seeking opportunities to earn a finite Bacon number.