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Fiona Tinwei Lam

Fiona Tinwei Lam

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Fiona Tinwei Lam is the author of three books of poetry, Intimate Distances (finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Prize) and Enter the Chrysanthemum. and Odes & Laments  Her poetry, nonfiction and fiction have been included in over 35 anthologies, including The Best Canadian Poetry (2010 and 2020) and Force Field: An anthology of 77 BC Women Poets.  Her poetry has twice been chosen for BC’s Poetry in Transit program.  She co-edited the non-fiction anthology, Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood (McGill-Queen’s, 2008) with Cathy Stonehouse and Shannon Cowan, and co-edited Love Me True: Writers Reflect on the Ins, Outs, Ups & Downs of Marriage with Jane Silcott.  She edited The Bright Well, a collection of contemporary Canadian poems about facing cancer (Leaf Press, 2011).  Her award-winning poetry videos have been selected for screening 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).  

Vancouver, B.C.


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
Odes & Laments. Caitlin Press , 2019
Love Me True: Writers Reflect on the Ins, Outs, Ups & Downs of Marriage. Caitlin Press, 2018
Best Canadian Poetry in English 2020. Biblioasis, 2020
Sweet Water: Poems for the Watershed. Caitlin Press, 2020
Against Death: 35 Essays on Living. Anvil Press, 2019
Heartwood: Poems for the Love of Trees. In Our Words Press, 2018
Flash Funny Nonfiction. Woodhall Press, 2018
Best of the Best Canadian Poetry in English. Tightrope Books, 2017
The Summer Book. Mother Tongue Publishing, 2017
revolvingcity The Revolving City: 51 Poems and Stories Behind Them . Anvil Press, 2015
mword The M Word: Conversations about Motherhood . Goose Lane Editions, 2015
expecting How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting: anthology of essays on parenthood and loss . Touchwood Editions, 2013
cover_anthology_roughproof Making Room: Forty Years of Room Magazine . Caitlin Press, 2017
To the Islands: A Creative Writing Workbook (Siber Ink, South Africa, 2014). Siber Ink, South Africa , 2014


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
Judges’ Award for Best Poetry Video, REELpoetry Houston for “Plasticpoems”, 2020
Nick Blatchford Prize (also nominated by TNQ for a Pushcart prize) for The New Quarterly, 2017
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


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