Genny Lim

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Genny (Genevieve) Lim was born on 15 December 1946, in San Francisco, California.[1] She is an American poet, playwright, and performer. She served as the Chair of Community Arts and Education Committee, and as Chair of the Advisory Board for the San Francisco Writers Corps.[2] She has performed with Max Roach, Herbie Lewis, Francis Wong, Jong Jang in San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, Houston and Chicago.[2]


She graduated with her BA and MA from San Francisco State University, and later with a certificate in broadcast journalism from Columbia University in 1973. She teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Genny Lim in San Francisco, 1975

She lives in San Francisco with her two daughters, Colette and Danielle.[3][4] Her papers are held at University of California Santa Barbara.[5]


  • 1981 American Book Award
  • Bay Guardian Goldie, Creative Work Fund and Rockefeller for "Songline: The Spiritual Tributary of Paul Robeson Jr. and Mei Lanfang," collaboration with Jon Jang and James Newton.[citation needed]
  • James Wong Howe Award for Paper Angels (Premiered July 2000, UC Zellerbach Playhouse).[citation needed]
  • 1981 Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation[citation needed]


  • Wings of Lai Ho. Illustrator Andrea Ja Chinese translator Gordon Lew. San Francisco, Calif: East/West Pub. Co. 1982.CS1 maint: others (link)
  • Him Mark Lai; Genny Lim; Judy Yung, eds. (June 1999). Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island. University of Washington Press. ISBN 978-0-295-97109-4.
  • Contributed to This Bridge Called My Back in 1981.
  • Featured poet in festivals that took place in Venezuela, Sarajevo, Italy and Bosnia-Hercegovina (2007).[2]





  1. ^ Liu, Miles Xian (2002). Asian American Playwrights: A Bio-bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-313-31455-1.
  2. ^ a b c Moraga, Cherrie (2015). This Bridge Called My Back. New York, United States: Sunny Press. p. 270.
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