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Fiona Tinwei Lam

Photo: Amanda Skuse 2008

Fiona Tinwei Lam is the author of two books of poetry, Intimate Distances (finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Prize) and Enter the Chrysanthemum.  Her poetry, nonfiction and fiction have been included in over twenty-four anthologies, including The Best Canadian Poetry 2010  and Force Field: An anthology of 77 BC Women Poets.  Her poetry has twice been chosen for BC’s Poetry in Transit program.  She is a co-editor of and contributor to the non-fiction anthology, Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood (McGill-Queen’s, 2008), as well as the editor of The Bright Well, a collection of contemporary Canadian poems about facing cancer (Leaf Press, 2011).  Her video-poems have been screened locally and internationally. Her children’s book, The Rainbow Rocket, was published in 2013 with Oolichan Books. She currently teaches at Simon Fraser University (Continuing Studies), and is the poetry mentor for The Writers' Studio Online certificate program in creative writing. 

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Fine Form: The Anthology of Canadian Form Poetry. co-editors. Kate Braid and Sandy Shreve. Polestar, 2005.
Writing the Terrain. University of Calgary Press, 2005.
Intimate Distances. Vancouver: Nightwood Editions, 2002.
Swallowing Clouds: An anthology of Chinese Canadian Poetry. eds. Jim Wong Chu and Andy Quan. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2000.
"Seeking Special Chinese Lady": Strike the Wok: An anthology of Contemporary Chinese Canadian fiction. (Jim Wong Chu and Lien Chao eds.) TSAR, 2003
Ribsauce: An anthology of women's writing. (Taien Ng-Chen ed.) Montreal, Quebec: Vehicule, 2002
Vintage 2000. (The League of Canadian Poets) Vancouver, BC: Ronsdale Press, 2000
White Ink: An anthology of poetry on motherhood, Rishma Dunlop ed.. Demeter Press, 2007
Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2008
"Playing for Time". Globe and Mail, September 2007
"The Dim Sum Strategy". Globe and Mail, Summer 2006
Enter the Chrysanthemum. Caitlin Press, 2009
"Play" in Slice Me Some Truth, (eds. Luanne Armstrong and Zoe Landale). Wolsak & Wynn, 2010
"Aquarium" in The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2010. Tightrope Books, 2011
The Bright Well: Contemporary Canadian Poems about Facing Cancer. Leaf Press, 2011
The Rainbow Rocket. Oolichan Books, 2013
Force Field: An anthology of 77 BC Women Poets. Mother Tongue Publishing, 2013


Shortlisted, City of Vancouver Book Award for Intimate Distances, 2003.
Second Place, Vancouver Courier annual fiction contest, 2001.
Shortlisted, Event Magazine Non-Fiction Contest for Elements, 2002.
Fourth Place, Vancouver Courier annual fiction contest, 2002.
Shortlisted, Event Magazine's Annual Creative Non-Fiction Contest, 2006
Geist Magazine's Jackpine Sonnet Contest, 2nd place, 2010
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