2018 PhD Candidate, Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto
2017 M.F.A., Art Criticism and Curatorial Practice, Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU)
2003 M.A., English Literature, University of Toronto
2001 B.A. Hons, Sociology and English Literature, University of Toronto
Lim, Elisha. 100 Crushes. Toronto: Koyama Press, 2014. (First edition: June 2014. Second edition:
December 2014.) Queer / transgender / Race analysis.
Lim Elisha. “Lord I Am Not Worthy to Receive You,” Edited by George Dei. Cartographies of Race and Social Difference.
New York: Springer Publications, 2018. (forthcoming)
Lim, Elisha. “Immigrants in Solidarity with Indigenous People.” Edited by Mia Mckenzie. The
Solidarity Struggle, 95-101. Portland: BGD Press, 2016.
Lim, Elisha. "Tomee." Edited by Njoki Nathani. Wane, Jennifer Jagire, and Zahra Murad. Ruptures:
Anti-colonial & Anti-racist Feminist Theorizing, 175. Rotterdam: Sense, 2013.
Lim Elisha. "Elisha Lim." Edited by Sheila Sampath. Letters Lived: Radical Reflections,
Revolutionary Paths, 113-120. Toronto: Three O'Clock Press, 2013.
Lim, Elisha. "The Hong Moon Lesbians of the Sacred Heart." Edited by Michelle Tea. In Sister Spit:
Writing, Rants & Reminiscence from the Road, 111-124. San Francisco: City Lights / Sister
Lim, Elisha. "100 Butches." Edited by Annie Murphy. Gay Genius: Comics, 41-44. Portland:
Sparkplug Comic Books, 2011.
Select Speaking Engagements
Invited Speaker, “Hypervisibility and Transgender People of Colour” Queer Pop Culture Class,
University of Toronto. March 8, 2017.
Panelist, “All Your Base Are Belong To Us: Japan’s Potential “Soft Power” and the Art of Michael
DeForge.” National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Montréal, November 10 - 13,
Invited Moderator, “Performing Time.” Trans Temporalities Conference, University of Toronto,
Invited Opening Address, Artist Talk by Rob Lowe, OCADU, 2016
Invited Filmmaker, “Love Never Felt So Good.” Critical Ethnic Studies Conference, York University,
Toronto, May 2016.
Invited Speaker, “Storytelling as Pedagogy.” Basquiat Ideas Bar Speaker Series, AGO, Toronto,
Author Talk, “100 Crushes Book Launch.” Yale University, New Haven.
Author Talk, “100 Crushes Book Launch.” Barnard College, Columbia University, New York.
Author Talk, “100 Crushes Book Launch.” Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore, Montreal.
Author Talk, “100 Crushes Book Launch.” Art Gallery, St Louis
Artist Talk, World Pride Artists' Panel, Onsite [@] OCADU
Keynote, Nova Scotia Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Halifax
Invited Panelist, Toronto Comic Arts Fair
Invited Panelist, Chicago Alternative Comics Expo
Invited Author, INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair
Invited Artist, 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Brock University
Invited Panelist, The Racialized and Indigenous Women’s Symposium, Ryerson University
Keynote, Brock University LGBT Pride, 2013
Invited Panelist, Decolonizing Our Minds Conference, University of Toronto
Invited Author, Matapa Writers' Panel 2013, McMaster University
Invited Panelist, 2012 United Nations Association of Multiculturalism and Media Panel, Ottawa
Invited Panelist, The Art of Survival Speaker Series, Concordia University
Keynote, Trans Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah
Author Talk, Sister Spit 21-city North American Reading Tour, Wesleyan College, 2011
Author Talk, Sister Spit 21-city North American Reading Tour, Vassar College,
Author Talk, Sister Spit 21-city North American Reading Tour, Bard College,
Author Talk, Sister Spit 21-city North American Reading Tour, galleries and theatres
Invited Panelist, United Nations Association of Multiculturalism and Media Panel, Montreal
Reviews and Interviews
Schifellite, Manisha Aggarwal. “Your Place, Your People: An Interview With Elisha Lim.” The Hairpin.
April 23, 2015.
“100 Crushes by Elisha Lim.” Publishers Weekly. May 26, 2014.
Ishii, Anne. “Elisha Lim: A Way to Draw Others.” Asian American Writer’s Workshop. December 11,
Rose, Mey. “Elisha Lim’s “Favourite Dating Tales” Has Relatable, Heartbreaking Stories and
Breathtaking Art.” Autostraddle. January 8, 2014.
Munday, Evan. “Writer In Residence Guttersnipes: Elisha Lim.” Open Book. May 24, 2014
Liss, Sarah. “So Gay, So Good.” Now Magazine. June 27, 2013.
Fraser, DJ. “Queers Who Pray: Elisha Lim to Finish New Film” Plenitude Magazine. May 15, 2013
Burnett, Richard. “Elisha Lim curates Montreal’s first “Racialized Gay Pride” art exhibition at
Pervers/Cité festival” Montreal Gazette. August 10, 2012
McAllister, Ashley. “An Annual Drawing Party of Racialized Queer Celebration: Talking Calendars
with Elisha Lim.” Bitch Magazine. November 21, 2012.
Allison, Luna. “100 Butches: Looking at Who Counts with Elisha Lim.” Xtra! July 2, 2009.
2017 OCADU Teaching Assistant: Art History Post-1800
2017 OCADU Teaching Assistant: Disability and Representation
2016 OCADU Teaching Assistant: Art History Pre-1800
2016 OCADU Teaching Assistant: Art History Post-1800
2016 OCADU Teaching Assistant: Disability and Representation
2015 OCADU Teaching Assistant: Art History Pre-1800
2013 - 2015 Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery Bilingual Education Officer (French)
2015 Graphic Novel Instructor, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
2011 Summer Camp Comic Strip Instructor, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
2014 100 Butches, University of Chicago, Chicago
2012 100% Mixed Race, A Space Gallery, Toronto
2011 The Illustrated Gentleman, FAG Gallery, Toronto
2016 Transactions, Carleton University
2016 Queer Pavilion II, Miami Art Basel, Miami
2014 Artist Archive, Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore
2014 Generations of Queer, Onsite [@] OCADU, Toronto
2013 Qouleur, Rats 9, Montreal
2012 Queers Can't Wait, Coming Societee, Hong Kong
2011 Dis-commodify, Armory Arts Week, Brooklyn, New York
2017 First Thursday, AGO, Toronto
2016 Unguarded, OCADU, Toronto
2013 That's So Gay Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
2012 2-QTPOC, articule, Montréal
2015 Love Never Felt So Good, Co-Director Raven Davis, 3 min
2014 100 Crushes: The Tie, 1:20 min, stop-motion
100 Crushes Chapter 6: They, 1:40 min, stop-motion
2013 100 Butches: Ruby, 1:30, stop-motion
2012 The Hawker, Co-Director Coco Guzman, 1:30 min, stop-motion
2015 MIX NYC, Seattle LGBT Film Festival, Vienna Queer Film Festival, Transcreen Amsterdam
2014 London BFI LGBT Film Festival, San Francisco Frameline Festival, South Asian Visual Art Centre (SAVAC) Monitor Series
2013 Melbourne Queer Film & Video Festival, Transgender Film Festival, Long Beach Pride, Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival
2012 Seoul Mixed Media Film Festival, Toronto Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, Los Angeles Transgendered Film Festival, Chicago Indie Boots Festival
Grants, Awards, Honours
2017 T.A. of the Year, OCAD University
2016 Nominated, T.A. of the Year, OCAD University
2016 Activist of the Year, Honourable Mention, OCAD University
2015 Dean’s Scholarship, OCAD University
2016 Nominated, Lambda Literary Award for Graphic Novels
2014 OutEast Film Festival Spotlight Artist, Halifax
2014 Best Emerging Director, Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, Toronto
2014 Best Female Director, Reel Asian Film Festival, Toronto
2012 Vivacité Grant: Conseil des Arts et Lettres de Québec
2010 Writers' Works in Progress Grant: Canada Arts Council
2009 Creative Writing Grant: Ontario Arts Council
Board and Association Membership
2017 National Women’s Studies Association, New York
2017 President’s Task Force for Diverse Hiring, OCADU, Toronto
2016 Onsite [@] OCADU Steering Committee, OCADU, TorontoJury Appointments
2015 Reel Asian Film Festival Short Films Jury, Toronto
2014 Gibraltar Point LGBT Intergenerational Arts Residency Jury, Toronto Cue Grant Jury, Toronto
2013 Artscape Youngplace Board Member, Flex Studios, Toronto
2013 Gibraltar Point LGBT Intergenerational Arts Residency Jury, Toronto
2011 Leeway Foundation Transformation Award Jury, Philadelphia