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Simon Shieh is a poet, essayist, and educator.

Simon’s first collection of poems, Master, was selected by Terrance Hayes for Sarabande Books' Kathryn A. Morton Prize and will be published in the Fall of 2023. His work has been recognized with a 2023 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, a 2021 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, and 2nd place in Narrative Magazine's 30 Below Contest 2020Simon is also working on a nonfiction project that attempts to understand the defining features of a poetics of trauma.

In Beijing he founded the teen creative arts platform, InkBeat Arts, and co-founded the Spittoon Literary Magazine, which translates and publishes the best new Chinese writers in English.

From 2009-14, Simon competed as an amateur and professional Muay Thai fighter in Thailand, China, Brazil, and Argentina. From 2015-17, he taught American Literature and Society at China Foreign Affairs University on a Princeton in Asia fellowship. The following year, he served as Writer in Residence at the International School of Beijing. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and their dog.


Email: simons462 at gmail dot com



"at dinner a woman tells a story about her first love in front of her husband who cannot help but interject" in The Yale Review Fall 2022

"exercise in keeping it all in" and "Self-Portrait" in Blackbird Spring 2022 Vol. 21 No. 1

"Act I" in POETRY Magazine (December 2021)

"Drawing of a Skeleton" and "Forte" in Shenandoah 70.2

"Unforgiven" in Split Lip Magazine (April 2021)

"Sparring" and "Cutting Weight" in Narrative Magazine

2nd place in 30 Below contest (2020)

"Day One" in Southern Humanities Review 53.4

"What is Left" in Muzzle Summer 2019

"Descendent" in Narrative Magazine

"He Says My Name" & "To hide from the dead / To be with the living" in The Margins

"Record" in The Missouri Review

"Like Being in Love" in Tupelo Quarterly Vol. 5 Issue 18

"Master" in Poetry Daily (reprint)

"Master" in Cleaver Issue 26

"Self-Defense" in Rivet

"Like Being in Love" in BOOTH


"Mythomania" in Poetry Northwest Vol. IVII, Issue 1

"to remember you is to remember myself" in American Chordata Issue 12

"Specter" in Beloit Poetry Journal 70.2

"Clearing the Hills" in Mid-American Review 40.2

James Wright Award Finalist

"every scar is an eye which has seen too much" in Spillway 27

"Ripening" in The Journal 43.1 Winter 2019

"Kindness Comes too Easily to Wicked Men" in Passages North (41) & Best New Poets 2020


essays and reviews

"DMZ Colony and the Totalitarian Translator" forthcoming in American Poetry Review

"Zheng Xiaoqiong, the migrant poet" in SupChina

"The Poetry of Guo Moruo: Searching for Autonomy in 20th Century China" in the Undergraduate Research Journal of the College of Arts and Letters at San Diego State University

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