Genny Lim is a second generation Chinese American born and raised in San Francisco. As a former San Francisco Arts Commissioner under Art Agnos and Frank Jordan, she helped establish the Cultural Equity Arts program and Writers Corps under the auspices of the Arts Commission. She curated the Poetry-in-the Schools Program at the DeYoung Museum (1989-1993) and served on the faculty of New College of California (1987-2007), co-founding the Arts and Social Change Program.
Lim served as the San Francisco Jazz Poet Laureate from 2016-2018. Her award-winning play Paper Angels has been produced throughout the U.S., in Canada and China. Lim is author of five poetry collections, Winter Place, Child of War, Paper Gods and Rebels, KRA!, La Morte Del Tempo, co-author of Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, winner of the American Book Award and editor of two Senior Asian American anthologies, From Both Shores and Window: Glimpses of our Storied Past. She has toured as a featured poet at International Poetry festivals in Bosnia-Hercegovina, Italy, Venezuela and the U.S.
Lim was awarded the Reginald Lockett Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN OAKLAND in 2021 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the City of Berkeley at the Berkeley Poetry Festival in 2022. Lim has collaborated with jazz legends Max Roach and Herbie Lewis and Bay Area musicians, Marcus Shelby, John Santos, Francis Wong, Jon Jang, Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra, Del Sol String Quartet and The Last Hoisan Poets. She has also collaborated with Gen Taiko, Lenora Lee Dance on librettos for Within These Walls and Dreams of Flight at the Chinese Immigration Detention Station on Angel Island.
She currently teaches the Senior Asian American Writers Class at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California in San Francisco and an online workshop, Memory, Meaning and Memoir through Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC).
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