Wing Tek Lum

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Wing Tek Lum (Chinese: 林永得; born November 11, 1946 Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American poet. Together with a brother he also manages a family-owned real estate company, Lum Yip Kee, Ltd.[1]


He graduated from Brown University in 1969, where he majored in engineering. He edited the university’s literary magazine.

He graduated from the Union Theological Seminary, with a master's degree in divinity in 1973. He worked as a social worker, and met Frank Chin. In 1973, he moved to Hong Kong to learn Cantonese. His work appeared in New York Quarterly.[2] Under the guidance of Makoto Ooka, he participated with Joseph Stanton and others in the collaborative renshi poem What the Kite Thinks.[3]


  • 1970 Poetry Center Award (now known as the Discovery/The Nation Award)
  • 1988 American Book Award




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