About

In Short

Teow Lim Goh is the author of Islanders (Conundrum Press, 2016), a volume of poems on the history of Chinese exclusion at the Angel Island Immigration Station. Her work has been featured in Tin House, Catapult, PBS NewsHour, Colorado Public Radio, and The New Yorker. She lives in Denver.

At Length

I write from the nexus of people and place.

One of my ongoing projects is to recover the buried histories of Chinese immigrants in the American West. My first book Islanders, which appeared in 2016, is a volume of poems on Chinese exclusion and detention at the Angel Island Immigration Station in the early 20th 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.”

I am submitting a second book China Mary, 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 also write about art, nature, politics, and environmental issues.

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.