University of Calgary

Larissa Lai

  • Tier II CRC in Creative Wrting
  • Professor

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Larissa Lai has authored three novels, The Tiger Flu, Salt Fish Girl and When Fox Is a Thousand; two poetry collections, sybil unrest (with Rita Wong) and Automaton Biographies; a chapbook, Eggs in the Basement; and a critical book, Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literary Production in the 1980s and 1990s. A recipient of the Astraea Foundation Emerging Writers' Awardshe has been a finalist for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Tiptree Award, the Sunburst Award, the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Award, the bpNichol Chapbook Award, the Dorothy Livesay Prize and the ACQL Gabrielle Roy Prize for Literary Criticism.

She was born in La Jolla, California and grew up in St. John's, Newfoundland. Through 1980s and1990s, she was a practicing writer and cultural organizer. In those years, she wrote her first novel, sat on the organizing committee for Writing Thru Race, worked as assistant curator for the contemporary media exhibit Yellow Peril: Reconsidered, worked as coordinator at SAW Video (Ottawa), and curated two shows at the grunt gallery in Vancouver. She also wrote a lot of reviews and essays for such publications as Kinesis: The Newspaper of the Vancouver Status of Women, and Fuse Magazine. She has been writer-in-residence at the University of Calgary, the University of Guelph and at Simon Fraser University, as well as guest professor at the University of Augsburg. At the University of British Columbia she served as Assistant Professor of Canadian Literature for seven years before relocating to the University of Calgary where she is currently Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair II in the Department of English. Here, she directs The Insurgent Architects' House for Creative Writing. 




(a)        Books

 The Tiger Flu. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp, November 2018.

Larissa Lai was featured on the November 2018 cover of Quill and Quire upon the publication of The Tiger Flu.

             Reviews of The Tiger Flu

            Thom, Kai Cheng. "Surviving Utopia: Finding Hope in Larissa Lai's Piercing Novel The Tiger Flu."   Autostraddle. 6 December 2018. 

            Von Essen, Leah. "The Tiger Flu." Booklist Online. 29 November 201            

            Rawlinson, Jen. "A Review of Larissa Lai's The Tiger Flu." Hamilton Review of Books. 29 November   2018. 

            Grubisic, Brett Josef. "Larissa Lai builds a maximalist and surprisingly enchanting vision of post-Peak     Oil dystopia." The Toronto Star.  23 November 2018.   

            LeDuc, Amanda. "Larissa Lai returns to the realm of science fiction with her first novel in 16 years." Quill and Quire. 1 November 2018. (Cover story.)

            Sandborn, Tom. "Sci-fi novel of Vancouver in 2145AD an exciting read." Vancouver Sun. 12 October   2018. Reprinted in The Province, The Londoner, The Intelligencer, The Shoreline Beacon and The Brantford Expositor.


            Excerpts of The Tiger Flu

            Lai, Larissa. "The Starfish Groom." Rungh, forthcoming.

            Lai, Larissa. "Bombx Mori's Surprise." GUTS. 23 October 2018. 

                Lai Larissa. "Read an Excerpt from The Tiger Flu." Lenny Letter. 11 October 2018.   


            Favourable coverage of The Tiger Flu

            Padget, Donald. "The Best Books We Read in 2018: LGBTQ Novels." The Advocate. 28 December 2018     

            Liptak, Andrew. "Our favorite science fiction and fantasy books of 2018." 23 December 2018.             

            Liptak, Andrew. "10 new sci-fi and fantasy books to check out for the rest of October." The Verge. 15            October 2018. 

            Herr, Pete. "The Short List - Pick Up These Sci-Fi and Fantasy New Releases As the Leaves Fall." The         Geekiverse. 8 October 2018. 

            Eddy, Cheryl. "All the New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You'll Need to Put on Your Radar This Fall." io9/         Gizmodo. 28 August 2018. 



Sybil Unrest. (New edition, co-authored with Rita Wong.) Vancouver: New Star, 2013.

             Reviews of Sybil Unrest (New Star edition)

            Thompson, Natalie. "Sybil Unrest by Larissa Lai and Rita Wong." Poetry Is Dead 9 (2014): n.p.

            Wiebe, Marilyn Mays. "Poetry Snapshot." Herizons 27.4 (2014): 42.  

            McLennan, Rob. "Larissa Lai and Rita Wong, Sybil Unrest." Rob McLennan's Blog. 11 Dec. 2013.




Automaton Biographies. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp, 2009.


            Reviews of Automaton Biographies

            Wang, Judy. "On Rachel from Automaton Biographies." The Unhuman. 16 Sept 2013.                  

            Ho, Tamara. "Larissa Lai's 'New Cultural Politics of Intimacy': Animal. Asian. Cyborg." Social Text. Web. 4   Jan. 2012. 

            Quan, Andy. "Book Review: Automaton Biographies. welcome to andyville. Web. 25 Jan. 2011.       

            Lai, Paul. "Automaton Biographies  by Larissa Lai." The Asian American Literary Review. 2.1 (2011): 296.   Reprinted in Galatea Resurrects. Web. 10 Dec. 2011.       

Holbrook, Susan. “Collaborative Spirits.” Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review.  1

            Aug. 2010 

            Turner, Jacqueline. “Book Reviews: Poetry by Dionne Brand, Jen Currin, Larissa Lai and Susan

            Holbrook.” The Georgia Straight. Web. 29 Apr. 2010 <>

            Wong, Jackie. “Automaton Biographies Marks Poetry’s Final Frontier.” The West Ender. 28 Jan. 2010.

                        Web. 30 Jan. 2010. 

            LeClerc, Christine. “Experience Self as Automaton, Check: An Encounter with Larissa Lai’s Automaton

                        Biographies.” Memewar 10 (2009): 62.

            Holtz, Nairne. “The Canadians: Fresh Queer Voices from our Neighbours to the North.” Curve Magazine

                        20.2 (March 2010): 50-51.

            Callanan, Mark. “Automaton Biographies.” Quill and Quire. Dec. 2009: 32.



Sybil Unrest. (Co-authored with Rita Wong.) Vancouver: Line Books, 2009.

            Reviews of Sybil Unrest

Costa, Cris. “fifteen famous porn stars stimulate.” Agora. 24 Sep. 2009. 15 Oct. 2009

Lai, Paul. "Larissa Lai and Rita Wong's Sybil Unrest: A Veritable Literary Feast." Asian American     Literature Fans. 9 Mar. 2009.

            Mayer, Sophie. “Review: Sybil Unrest by Larissa Lai and Rita Wong.” 31 Jan. 2009. Web. 2 Feb. 2009.


When Fox Is a Thousand­. (With new afterword.) Vancouver:  Arsenal Pulp, 2004.

Reviews of When Fox Is a Thousand (with new afterword)

            LeSage, Sheryl. “When Fox Is a Thousand.” Liberty Press.  Feb. 2005: 15.

            Morgan, Cheryl. “Review of When Fox Is a Thousand by Larissa Lai: Tricky Customers.” Emerald City.

                        Nov. 2004. Web. 10 Nov. 2004. <>

            Vanderlist, Harry. “A Windfall of Words.” Fast Forward.  16-22 Sep. 2004: 16.

            Kirchhoff, H.J. “Paperbacks.” The Globe and Mail. 25 Sep. 2004.

Klaffke, Pamela. “Turning Over New Leaves: Calgary Writers Dominate Publishers’ Fall Lists.”

            The Calgary Herald 28 Aug. 2004: D1.








Salt Fish Girl. Toronto: Allen Publishers, 2002



            Reviews of Salt Fish Girl

            My Name Isn't Even Caliban. "Reclaiming Smell: Larissa Lai's Salt Fish Girl." My Name Isn't Even    Caliban.   larissa-lais-salt-fish-girl/ 28 Jan 2016.

            Caplan, Thea. “Who Do I Think I Am?” Event 32.1 (2007): 107-111.

            Marsden, Deborah. “Salt Fish Girl: A Novel.” Canadian Ethnic Studies. 36: 1 (2004): 149.

            Beauregard, Guy. “A Glimpse of Something.” Canadian Literature. 181 (2004): 149-150.

            Cowan, T.L. “Salt Fish Girl.” Herizons. Spring 2003: 32.

            Giese, Rachel. “Craving Durian.” Xtra (Toronto). 1 May 2003. 18.

            Grubisic, Brett Josef. “Smells Fishy: Something’s Rotten in the State of Lotus Land.” Xtra (Toronto). 1

                        May 2003: 18.

            Thiessen, Cherie. “Fiction With Grace and Magic.” Focus on Women.  1 Mar. 2003: 47.

            Nobile, Anna. “The Future Sweeps Up Lai’s Salt Fish Girl.” The Georgia Straight. 23 Jan. 2003: 22.

            Grubisic, Brett Josef. “The Future According to Larissa Lai.” Xtra West. 26 Dec. 2002. 23-24.

            Vanderlist, Harry. “Smells Like 21st Century Spirit: Larissa Lai’s Salt Fish Girl a Fairy Tale for the New

                        Millenium.” Fast Forward. 5 Dec. – 11 Dec. 2002: 18.

            Wigod, Rebecca. “Making Scents of the Past.” The Vancouver Sun. 16 Nov. 2002: D21.

            Murphy, Lisa. “Future Tense.” Chatelaine. November 2002: 38.

            Luscombe, Karen. “The Future? It Stinks.” The Globe and Mail. 26 Oct. 2002: D26.

            Tuomi, Shereen. “Struggling With Memory.” The Georgia Straight.  26 Sep.- 3 Oct. 2002: 18.

            Taylor, Craig. “Salt Fish Girl.” Quill and Quire. October 2002: 32.



When Fox Is a Thousand. Vancouver:  Press Gang, 1995.


            Reviews of When Fox is a Thousand

            New, W.H. “Reading 1995.” Canadian Literature. 149 (1996): 200-204.

            Noblie, Anna. “Shortly.” Angles. June 1996. 26.

            Christianson, Lisa. “When Fox Is a Thousand.” The Vancouver Courier.  28 Jan. 1996. 34.

            Beauregard, Guy. “Myths of History.” Canadian Literature. 154 (1997): 162-164.

            Askeland, Erikka. “Larissa Lai: Writer in Residence.” Vox Magazine. 165 (1997): 6.

            Cho, Charlie. “Lai Like a Fox.” The Ubyssey. 8 Apr. 1997: 13.

            Prendergast, Kathy. “When Fox Is a Thousand.” Herisons. Fall 1996: 30.

            Noble, Jean. “Her Words.” Icon.  May 1996: 49.

            Ford, Julie. “In the Skin of the Fox.” Siren Magazine. June/July 1996: 17-19.

            Bolen, Dennis. “When Fox Is a Thousand.” sub-Terrain. Fall/Winter 1996: 40.

            Kong, Sook. “History and Other Fantasies.” Kinesis.  Apr. 1996: 19.

            LeVitt, Marni. “A Hunger For the Fox: Writing Asian-Canadian Lesbian Identity and History.” The McGill

                        Daily Culture.  28 Mar.- 3 Apr. 1996: 7.

            Au, Wayne Wah Kwai. “A Lively Trickster.” The International Examiner.  6-19 Mar. 1996: 14.

            Swindells, Christina. “Heavenly Fox.” The McGill Daily. 21-29 Mar. 1996: 12.

            Goto, Hiromi. “When Fox Is a Thousand.” The Bulletin. (1996): 18.

            Koh, Karlyn. “Stories Within Stories: In Conversation with Larissa Lai.” Rice Paper. 2:3 (1996): 3-16.

            Reid, Gayla. “From the Temple of Shifting Vapours to Value Village.” Pacific Current. 2:3 (1995-96): 31.

            Twigg, Alan. “Courtesan’s Lament.” B.C. Bookworld (1996): 11.

            Putman, Wendy. “Review.” Room of One’s Own. 19:3 (1996): 78-79.

            Tihanyi, Eva. “Ninth-Century Fox.” Books in Canada. (1996): 35.

            Bok, Abigail. “Foxes.” The Advocate. 26 Dec. 1995: 55.

            Fong, Petti. “Speaking in Multiple Tongues.” Vancouver Sun. 18 Nov. 1995: D14.





(b)        Short Fiction


"What the Wyliei Wanted." Room, 37.3 (2014), 37-70. Commissioned.

"The Starfish's Groom." Matrix 99. (2014): 47-55. Invited submission. Reprint.

“The Starfish’s Groom.” Chroma: A Queer Literary Journal, 11: (2010): 32-37.

“I Love Liver: A Romance,” Year’s Best SF 11. Eds. David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. New York: EOS, 2006.


“An Excerpt from The Corrupted Text.” U Magazine. (Fall 2005): 34-35.

“I Love Liver: A Romance.” Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science. 434 (2005): 940.

“Rachel.” So Long Been Dreaming:  Post-colonial Science Fiction and Fantasy. Eds. Nalo Hopkinson and

Uppinder Mehan. Vancouver:  Arsenal Pulp Press, 2004. 53-60.

“The Combing.” Girls Who Bite Back:  Witches, Slayers, Mutants and Freaks. Ed. Emily Pohl-Weary. Toronto: 

Sumach Press, 2004. 336-344.

“Two Houses and an Airplane.” Strike the Wok:  An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Canadian Fiction. Eds.

Lien Chao and Jim Wong-Chu. Toronto: TSAR, 2003. 1-18.

“Nu Wa.” First Hand:  New Writing. Intr. Andrew Motion. Norwich:  University of East Anglia, 2001. 89-96.

“The Salt Fish Girl.” Take Out:  Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America. Eds. Quang Bao and Hanya         Yanagihara. New York:  Asian American Writers’ Workshop, 2000. 117-122.

“Fish Bones.” Take Out:  Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America. Eds. Quang Bao and Hanya Yanagihara.

New York:  Asian American Writers’ Workshop, 2000. 123-131.

“Pomegranate Tree.” Carnal Nation:  Brave New Sex Fictions. Eds. Carellin Brooks and Brett Josef Grubecic.

Vancouver:  Arsenal Pulp Press, 2000. 121-129.

“The Salt Fish Girl.” Seductive Feminisms/Féminismes séduisants. Spec. issue of Tessera 25 (1998/1999):  11-


“S.” Prairie Asians. Spec. issue of  absinthe. 10.1 (1998): 3-15.

“April’s New Apartment.” Asian Pacific Authors on the Prairies. Spec. issue of  Prairie Fire. 18.4 (1997): 23-28.

“The Salt Fish Girl.” Filling Station. 11/12 (1997):  18-23.

“When Fox Is a Thousand.” Urban Fictions. Vancouver:  Presentation House Gallery, 1997. 40-41.

“The Peacock Hen.” Eye Wuz Here. Ed. Shannon Cooley. Vancouver:  Douglas and McIntyre, 1996. 180-184.

“The Voice of the Blind Concubine.” The Body. Spec. issue of The Asian Pacific American Journal. 5.1 (1996): 


“Water, and other Measures of Distance.” Into the Fire:  Asian American Prose. Eds. Sylvia Watanabe and Carol

Bruchac. New York:  Greenfield Review Press, 1996. 21-32.

“The Home Body.” Trans. Nicolas Grandmangin. Estuaire. 75 (1994):  33-44.

“New Reeboks.” Colour. An Issue.  Eds. Roy Miki and Fred Wah. Spec. issue of  West Coast Line. 28.1-2 (1994): 



(c)        Poetry


"Excerpts from FROG DIAGRAM." The Asian American Literary Review. 8.1 (2017): 29-33.

"SPLEEN 3: Supreme White." Poetry. Spec. Issue: Asian American Poets. 210.4 (2017): 314.

"Excerpts from Nascent Fashion." Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia. Lantzville: Leaf Press, 2015. 152-155.          Invited submission. Reprint.

"Iphigenia's Crossing." Arc/Cordite, (2014): <> 1   December 2014. Invited submission.

"From Flower Factory Riot." Ecologies.  Sp. Issue of The Capilano Review. 3.16 (2012): 51-57.

"Sup." Vancouver 125. Sp. Issue of Subterrain. 6: 59 (2011): 37.

 "Sailing past."  Courtney Milne: Pool Project. Thomas Moore, Intro. Saskatoon: Mendel Art Gallery, 2011. 52.

“synanthropic.” The New Vancouver. Spec. issue of Matrix. 84 (2009): 4.

 “from Goodbye Butterfly, Hello Kitty: An Opiate Opera.” Open Text: Canadian Poetry in the 21st Century. Vol. 1.  

Vancouver: CUE, 2008. 66-79.

“digital signals, global snows: travelling asia with rm and community.” Miki. Spec. issue of West Coast Line. 57.42

(2008), 102-104.

“From Goodbye Butterfly, Hello Kitty: An Opiate Opera.” Cross-Cultural Poetics. 19 (2008): 10-21.

“Ham.” West Coast Line. 54.41 (2007): 69-83.

“from Nascent Fashion.” Walrus. 3.5 (2006): 95.

“from Nascent Fashion.” Post-Prairie Anthology. Eds. Jon Paul Fiorentino and Robert Kroestch, Vancouver:

Talonbooks: 2005. 86-87.

“Rachel.” Switch and Shift:  New Canadian Poetry. Eds. Derek Beaulieu, Jason Christie and Angela Rawlings,

Toronto: The Mercury Press, 2005. 82-84.

“from Maria.” West Coast Line. 38.2 (2004): 6-10.

“from Rachel.” West Coast Line. 38.2 (2004): 12-15.

With Rita Wong. “sybil unrest.” West Coast Line. 38.2 (2004): 39-61.

“2019 and all’s well.” Literary Review of Canada. 12.6 (2004): 16.

“i see double.” Literary Review of Canada. 12.6 (2004): 16.

“burgess quarry.” Ribsauce. Eds. Taien Ng-Chan et al. Montreal:  Vehicule Press, 2001. 140-141.

“qing ming.” Ribsauce. Eds. Taien Ng-Chan et al. Montreal:  Vehicule Press, 2001. 141-142.

“white snake.” Ribsauce. Eds. Taien Ng-Chan et al. Montreal:  Vehicule Press, 2001. 143-144.

“amnion.” Swallowing Clouds. Eds. Andy Quan and Jim Wong-Chu. Vancouver:  Arsenal Pulp Press, 1999. 134.

“fish ball girl.” Swallowing Clouds. Eds. Andy Quan and Jim Wong-Chu. Vancouver:  Arsenal Pulp Press, 1999.


“upsidedown poem.” Swallowing Clouds. Eds. Andy Quan and Jim Wong-Chu. Vancouver:  Arsenal Pulp Press,

1999. 136-138.

“dispersing:  an i ching poem.” Swallowing Clouds. Eds. Andy Quan and Jim Wong-Chu. Vancouver:  Arsenal

Pulp Press, 1999. 139-142.

“asian bird flu.” Swallowing Clouds. Eds. Andy Quan and Jim Wong-Chu. Vancouver:  Arsenal Pulp Press, 1999.


“tell:  longing and belonging.” Pearls of Passion. Eds. Makeda Silvera and C. Allyson Lee. Toronto:  Sister Vision

Press, 1994. 87-90.

“The Escape.” West Coast Line. 26.2 (1992):  100-103.

“Calling Home.” West Coast Line. 26.2 (1992):  104-105.

“Nostagia.” Harbour:  Magazine of Art and Everyday Life. 1.4 (1992):  27-29.

“Shade.” Bamboo Ridge:  The Hawaii Writers’ Quarterly. 52.4 (1991):  63-64.

“Arrangements.” The Capilano Review. 2.6/7 (1991): 16.

“Glory.” The Capilano Review. 2.6/7 (1991): 17.

“Eighty Years Bathing.” Many-Mouthed Birds. Eds. Jim Wong-Chu and Bennett Lee. Vancouver:  McClelland and

Stewart, 1991. 47.

“Where.” Contemporary Verse 2. 14.2 (1991): 27.

“Trap One.” Contemporary Verse 2. 14.2 (1991):28.

“Trap Two.” Contemporary Verse 2. 14.2 (1991): 29.

“Bone China.” Contemporary Verse 2. 14.2 (1991): 30-31.

“Nora.” Contemporary Verse 2. 14.2 (1991): 32.

“Looking for China in the Glass.” Contemporary Verse 2. 14.1 (1991): 13-14.

“The Silk Weaver.” Contemporary Verse 2. 14.1 (1991): 15.

“Eighty Years Bathing.” Room of One’s Own. 14.2 (1991): 106.

“The Birdwoman.” Matrix. 32 (1990):  14.

“Lullabye for the Insect Catcher.” Matrix. 32 (1990):  14.



(d)        Chapbooks


Eggs in the Basement. Vancouver: Nomados, 2009.

welcome to asian women in business/ a one stop site for entrepreneurs. Calgary:  MODL Press, 2004.

With Rita Wong. Sybil Unrest (Part 1).  Vancouver:  West Coast Line, 2004.






(a)        Books


Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literary Production in the 1980s and 1990s. Waterloo: TransCanada       Series, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014.  Finalist for the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Literary Criticism.


Reviews of Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literary Production in the 1980s and 1990s

Nguyen, Vinh. "Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literary Production in the 1980s and 1990s." Asian        Diasporic Visual Cultures in the Americas. 4.1-2(2018): 201-204.

Ransom, Amy. "Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literary Production in the 1980s and 1990s." American Review of Canadian Studies. (2016): 535-537.

Cruz, Denise. "Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literary Production in the 1980s and 1990s." Canadian   Review of Comparative Literature/ Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée. 43.3 (2016): 584-586.

Beverly, Andrea. "Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literary Production in the 1980s and 1990s." University of Toronto Quarterly. 85.3 (2016): 338-339.

Goellnicht, Donald. "Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literary Production in the 1980s and 1990s."         Pacific Affairs. 88.3 (2015): 685-688.

Cho, Lily. "Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literary Production in the 1980s and 1990s." ESC: English   Studies in Canada. 41.2-3 (2015): 209-211.

Dobson, Kit. "Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literary Production in the 1980s and 1990s." Postcolonial             Text. 10.2 (2015): 1-3. <>

Cho, Allan. "Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literary Production in the 1980s and 1990s." Rice Paper 19.4 (2014): n.p.



(b)        Edited Books


Tracing the Lines: Reflections on Contemporary Poetics and Cultural Politics in Honour of Roy Miki . With Maia      Joseph, Christine Kim and Christopher Lee. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2013. 247 pp.

(c)        Book Chapters


"Insurgent Utopias: How to Recognize the Knock at the Door." Exploring the Fantastic: Genre, Ideology and            Popular Culture. Eds, Ina Batzke, Eric C. Erdbacher, Linda M. Hess, and Corinna Lenhardt. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2018. 91-116.

"Saturate, Dissolve: Water for Itself, Unsettler Responsibilities, and Radical Humility." Downstream: Reimagining Water.  Waterloo: WLUP, 2017. 259-270.

"Ghost Biologies: Sovereignty, Diaspora and the Geopolitics of Exception." Lire le corps biomédical. Regard sur la             littérature canadienne/ Reading the Biomedical Body. From the Perspective of Canadian Literature.          PULIM: Limoges. "Espaces Humains". 2016.

“Epistemologies of Respect, or A Politics and Poetics of Asian/Indigenous Relation.” TransCanada 3. Ed. Smaro

Kamboureli. Waterloo: WLUP, May 2014. 99-126.

 “The Time Has Come: Self and Community Articulations in Colour. An Issue and Awakening Thunder.

            Shifting the Ground of Canadian Literary Studies. Ed. Smaro Kamboureli. Waterloo: WLUP, 2012. 151-      172.

 “Strategizing the Body of History: Anxious Writing, Absent Subjects, and Marketing the Nation.” Asian Canadian     Writing Beyond Autoethnography. Eds. Eleanor Ty and Chrystl Verdun. Waterloo: WLUP, 2008. 87-114.

 “Butterfly Prostheses and the Reproductive Mouth: Chains of Association and the Problem of Asian Masculinity in David Khang’s Mediamorphosis.”  How to Feed A Piano: David Khang, Exhibition Catalogue. Vancouver, Centre A, 2008. 

Foreword. Accidental Occidental. By David McKirdy. Hong Kong:  Chameleon Press, 2005.

“Political Animals and the Body of History.” The Broadview Anthology of Expository Prose. Eds. Tammy Roberts

et al. Peterborough:  Broadview Press, 2002. 587-596.

Foreword. Other Conundrums. By Monika Kin Gagnon. Vancouver:  Arsenal Pulp Press, 2000. 15-20.


“The Sixth Sensory Organ.” Bringing It Home:  Women Talk About Feminism in Their Lives. Vancouver, Arsenal

Pulp Press, 1996. 199-218.

“The Site of Memory.” Video re/View:  The (best) Source Book on Canadian Artists’ Video. Eds. Peggy Gale and

Lisa Steele. Toronto:  Vtape, 1996. 344-350.

“Chinese Boxes.” [interruption]. Vancouver:  Or Gallery, 1992. 16-34.



(d)        Journal Articles


"Life/Fiction: Speculative Fiction and Environmental Emergence." ("Reflections on the Arts, Environment and       Culture After Ten Years of The Goose"). The Goose. 14.2 (2015), Art. 41: 30-33.

"Asian Exceptions, Racial Illegibility, Relational Spaces: A Dialogue on Asian Canadian, Asian American, and US Southern Studies." The Global South 9.1 (2015-2016): 9-38. (co-authored with five others.)

"Other Democracies: Writing Thru Race at the 20 Year Crossroad." Write Magazine 42.2 (2014): 15-19.

"Sybil Continuities, Earth Relations" (with Rita Wong). Open Text: Canadian Poetry and Poetics in the 21st             Century. 3 (2014)

"How to Do 'You': Methods of Asian/Indigenous Relation". Imagined Communities, Recuperated Homelands.             Spec. Issue of RANAM: Recherches Anglaises et Nord Américaines. 46 (2013): 11-27.

"Reciprocal Being: Living, Thinking and Writing in Social Space." Poetry Is Dead. 2.2 (2011): 6-8.

“Neither Hand, Nor Foot, Nor Kidney: Biopower, Body Parts and Human Flows in Stephen Frears’s Dirty Pretty

Things.” Global Cinema Now. Spec. Issue of Cineaction 80 (2010): 68-72.

“Community Action, Global Spillage: Writing the Race of Capital.” Citizenship and Cultural Belonging special issue

of West Coast Line. Eds. David Chariandy and Sophie McCall. 59 (2008): 116-128.

“The Identity of the Body Has Not Yet Been Confirmed.” Active Geographies: Women and Struggles of the Left

Coast. Spec. issue of West Coast Line. Eds. Jo-Anne Lee and Rita Wong.  58 (2008): 137-139.

 “Other Bees, Incomplete: A Response to Margot Leigh Butler’s ‘Other’ Honey.” Representations of Murdered and

Missing Women. Spec. issue of West Coast Line. Eds. Anne Stone and Amber Dean. 53 (2007): 92-95.

“The Imagination’s Subsidies: Whiners, Elites, Ordinary People and the Economy.” English Studies in Canada.

33:3 (2007): 16-19.

“Corrupted Lineage:  Narrative in the Gaps of History.” In-Equations:  can asia pacific. Spec. issue of  West

Coast Line 33 (2001): 40-53.

“Yellow Peril:  Revisited.” Capilano Review 2.34 (2001):  6-10.

 “Asian Invasion vs. the Pristine Nation:  Migrants Enter the Canadian Imaginary.” Fuse Magazine. 23.2. (2000): 


“Political Animals and the Body of History.” Canadian Literature 163 (1999):  145-156.

“The Sixth Sensory Organ.” absinthe. 9.1 (1996): 31-35.



(e)        Conference Proceedings


"The Look of Like: Shooting Asian/Indigenous Relation." Migration-Regionalization-Citizenship: Comparing Canada and Europe. Eds. Katja Sarkowsky, Rainer-Olaf Schultze, and Sabine Schwarze. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 2014.

 “Labour Asian Can: Grammar, Movement, Institution.” Travelling Concepts: Negotiating Diversity in Canada

and Europe. Eds. Katja Sarkowsky and Christian Lammert. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für

Sozialwissenschaften, 2010. 153-166.

“Brand Canada: Oppositional Politics, Global Flows and a People to Come.” Reading(s)

from a Distance: European Perspectives on Canadian Women’s Writing. Eds.

Charlotte von Sturgess and Martin Kuester. Augsburg: Wissner-Verlag, 2008. 23-










(a)        Artist’s Monograph:


The Site of Memory:  Chinaman’s Peak:  Walking the Mountain. Banff:  The Walter

Phillips Gallery, 1993. (my text on the art work of Paul Wong.)


(b)        Reviews


“Review:  Curator Andrea Fatona’s Queer Collaborations.” Kinesis. Oct. 1993:  19.

“Jamelie Hassan and Jamila Ismail:  Doubling Identities.” Kinesis. June 1993. 17.

“Offical Archives/ Personal History:  a Review of Sharyn Yuen’s Like a Plague of

Locusts.” Harbour. Spring 1993. 31-35.

“Words for the Unspoken:  Review of All Names Spoken.” Kinesis. Mar. 1993. 17.

“Reclaiming Fabled Territory.” Rungh. 1.1/2 (1992):  34-37.

“Culture Jocks:  Race to the Screen in Review.” Fuse. 15.1/2 (1991):  11-13.

“Eye on Events:  Race to the Screen.” Trans-FM. Mar. 1991. 20.

“Four Asian Film/Video Makers.” The Independent Eye. Spring/Summer 1991. 31-35.


(c)        Interviews by Dr. Lai


“Interview with Rita Wong.” Writers for Change. Spec. issue of West Coast Line. 33.3

(2000): 72-82.

“Interview with Rajinderpal S. Pal.” Writers for Change. Spec. issue of West Coast Line.

33.3 (2000): 87-93.

“Interview with David Nandi Odhiambo.” Writers for Change. Spec. issue of West Coast

Line. 33.3 (2000): 97-104.

“Interview with Ashok Mathur.” Writers for Change. Spec. issue of West Coast Line.

33.3 (2000): 109-117.

“Interview with Tamai Kobayashi.” Writers for Change. Spec. issue of West Coast Line.

33.3 (2000): 122-126.

“The Heart of the Matter:  Interview with Yasmin Ladha.” Kinesis. Feb. 1993. 15.

“Hitting the Nail on the Head Tax:  An Interview with William Dere and Malcolm Guy.”

Video Guide. 11.1 (1991):  8-9.


(d)        Interviews of Dr. Lai


Bansal, Smriti. "Interview with Larissa Lai." Midinette, forthcoming.

Thom, Kai Cheng. "Interview with Larissa Lai." Autostraddle, forthcoming.

Kang, Jiaqi. "Conversation with Larissa Lai." Sina Theta Magazine. 9 (2018): 14-17.

Landry, Pierre-Luc. "Meet the CCWWP-PPCCL Board: Larissa Lai." Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs Newsletter. 13 November 2018. <>

LeDuc, Amanda. "Larissa Lai returns to the realm of speculative fiction with her first novel in 16 years." Quill and Quire. 1 November 2018. <> Cover story of print version.

Semel, Paul. "Exclusive Interview: The Tiger Flu Author Larissa Lai." PAULSEMEL.COM. 22 October 2018. <>

Villegas, Sonia. "On Reading and Writing: An Interview with Larissa Lai." Canada and Beyond: A Journal of Canadian Literary and Cultural Studies. 4. 1-2  (2014): 117-127.

Jiwa, Fazeela. "Fazeela Jiwa in Conversation with Rita Wong and Larissa Lai: sybil unrest." Lemon Hound. 20 June 2014 <>

Jerome, Gillian and Meredith Quartermain. "An Interview with Larissa Lai." CWILA: Canadian Women in the Literary Arts.  1 July 2013.  Web. <>.

Kamboureli, Smaro and Kit Dobson. "Under Conditions of Restraint: Interview with Larissa Lai." Producing Canadian Literature: Authors Speak on the Literary Marketplace. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2013. 150-167.

Zhao, Qingqing (Daisy). "Margin and Myth." Unchained Maple Melody: Interviews With Chinese-Canadian Writers. Tianjin: Canadian Studies Centre, 2011. 90-110.

Krüger, Anja. “Sedimenting the Past, Producing the Future: An Interview with Larissa Lai on the Poetics and Politics of Writing.”  Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien 31.2 (2011): 93-107.

Wah, Fred, and Larissa Lai. “Writers in Dialogue.” Rice Paper. 15.3 (2010): 6-10.

Morris, Robyn. “’Sites of Articulation’: An Interview with Larissa Lai.” West Coast Line: A Journal of

Contemporary Writing and Criticism. 38.2 (2004): 21-31.


(e)        Teachers’ Guides


Writers for Change: Cultural Diversity in Canadian Writing. Vancouver:  Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop, 1999. (With the support of a Canada Council grant and the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop, I co-ordinated a tour for five Canadian writers to speak in high schools across Canada. My work was both administrative and substantive, in the sense that I produced an invitation to participate, contacted teachers, made travel arrangements etc., but also produced a teacher’s guide using interviews I did with the writers, as well as my own critical and pedagogical skills.)

Curriculum Vitae


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