1980 – Crossing the Peninsula and Other Poem. Malaysia: Heinemann Writing in Asia Series.

1985 – No Man's Grove and Other Poems. Singapore: Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore.

1989 – Modern Secrets: New and Selected Poems. Denmark & UK: Dangaroo Press.

1994 – Monsoon History: Selected Poems. UK: Skoob Pacifica.

1998 – What the Fortune Teller Didn't Say. US: West End Press.

2002 – A Gathering of Poems from Pok Fu Lam. With M.L. Liebler. USA: XOXOX Press.

2007 – Listening to the Singer: New and Selected Malaysian Poems. Malaysia: Maya Press.

2010 – Walking Backwards: New Poems. US: West End Press.

2013 – Mall Ballads: Hong Kong Festival Walk Poems. Hong Kong: Department of English, City University of Hong Kong.

2015 – The Irreversible Sun. USA: West End Press.

2015 – Do You Live In?. Singapore: Ethos Books.

2015 – Ars Poetica for the Day. Singapore: Ethos Books.


2006 – Sister Swing: a novel. 1st Ed. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish. 2nd Ed. Singapore and UK: Marshall Cavendish, 2011.

1982 – Another Country and Other Stories. Singapore: Times Books International.

1995 – Life’s Mysteries: The Best of Shirley Lim. Singapore: Times Books International.

1997 – Two Dreams: Short Stories. US: Feminist Press.

2001 – Joss and Gold: a novel. 1st Ed. USA: Feminist Press; Singapore: Times Books International. 2nd Ed. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish, 2010.

2008 – Princess Shawl. Malaysia: Maya Press. Chinese translation. Taiwan: Bookman, 2009.


1993 – Nationalism and Literature: Literature in English from the Philippines and Singapore. Philippines: New Day Publishers.

1994 – Writing Southeast/Asia in English: Against the Grain. UK: Skoob Pacifica.

1996 – Among the White Moon Faces: An Asian-American Memoir of Homelands. 1st Ed. US: Feminist Press, 1996; as Among the White Moon Faces: Memoirs of a Nonya Feminist, Singapore: Times Books International, 1996. Chinese translation. Trans., Chang, Joan. Rye-Field: Taiwan, 2001. 2nd Ed. Time-Marshall Cavendish, 2005. 3rd Ed. Mar

Hybrid Work

2011 – The Shirley Lim Collection: Passports and Other Lives. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish.


1989 – The Forbidden Stitch: An Asian American Women's Anthology. Eds. Lim, Shirley Geok-lin and Mayumi Tsutakawa. USA: CALYX Books.

1991 – Approaches to Teaching Kingston's The Woman Warrior. USA: Modern Language Press.

1992 – Reading the Literatures of Asian America. Eds. Lim, Shirley Geok-lin and Amy Ling. USA: Temple University Press.

1993 – One World of Literature. Eds. Lim, Shirley Geok-lin and Norman Spencer. USA: Houghton Mifflin.

1999 – Asian American Literature: An Anthology. USA: NTC/Contemporary Press.

1999 – Transnational Asia Pacific Gender, Representations and the Public Sphere. Eds. Lim, Shirley Geok-lin, Larry E. Smith and Wimal Dissanayake. USA: University of Illinois Press.

2000 – Tilting the Continent: An Anthology of Southeast Asian American Writing. Eds. Lim, Shirley Geok-lin and Cheng Lok Chua. USA: New Rivers Press.

2000 – Power, Race, and Gender in Academe: Strangers in the Tower?. Eds. Lim, Shirley Geok-lin and Maria Herrera-Sobek. USA: Modern Language Association Press.

2001 – Moving Poetry: Hong Kong Children’s Poems. Eds. Lim, Shirley Geok-lin et al. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

2006 – Transnational Asian American Literature: Sites and Transits. Eds. Lim, Shirley Geok-Lin, John Blair Gamber, Stephen Hong Sohn, and Gina Valentino. USA: Temple University Press.

2009 – Writing Singapore: A Historical Anthology of Singapore Literature. Eds. Lim, Shirley Geok-lin, Angelia Poon and Philip Holden. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.

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