Timothy Pan Yu

Department of English
University of Toronto
Medical Arts Building, Suite 923
170 St. George St.
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
(416) 946-0827



University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, 2004-
Assistant Professor, Department of English
Affiliated Faculty, Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies


Stanford University , Stanford, CA, 1998-2005
Ph.D., English and American Literature, English Department
Dissertation: The Sociology of the Avant-Garde: Politics and Form in Language Poetry and Asian American Poetry [abstract]
Dissertation committee: Marjorie Perloff, David Palumbo-Liu, Albert Gelpi, Sianne Ngai

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1992-1996
AB summa cum laude, Social Studies and English and American Literature and Language, 1996
Honors thesis: "Angles of Submission: The Politics and Poetics of Language Poetry"

Fellowships and Awards

Vincent Chin Memorial Chapbook Prize, 2006.

Connaught New Staff Matching Grant, University of Toronto, 2006.

Connaught Start-Up Grant, University of Toronto, 2005.

Tom Killefer Dissertation Fellowship, English Department, Stanford University, 2003-2004.

Geballe Dissertation Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Center, 2002-2003.

Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association Graduate Scholarship, 2002.

Graduate Research Opportunity Grant, School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University, Summer 2002.

Boothe Prize Writing Instructor, Writing and Critical Thinking Program, Spring 2000.

Thomas T. Hoopes Thesis Prize, Harvard University, June 1996.

Alexis de Tocqueville Thesis Prize, Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, Harvard University, June 1996.

Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard University, 1995.

John Harvard Scholarship, Harvard University, 1992-1996.


Journal Articles

"'The Hand of a Chinese Master': Jose Garcia Villa and Modernist Orientalism." MELUS 29:1 (Spring 2004): 41-59.

"Form and Identity in Language Poetry and Asian American Poetry."   Contemporary Literature 41.3 (Fall 2000): 422-61.

Book Articles

"Asian/American Modernisms: Jose Garcia Villa's Transnational Poetics." Pinoy Poetics: A Collection of Autobiographical and Critical Essays on Filipino and Filipino-American Poetics. Ed. Nick Carbo. San Francisco: Meritage Press, 2004. 343-67.

Edited Books

Anthology of Asian American Literature. Co-edited with Dorothy Wang. Longman Publishers, forthcoming.

Essays and Reviews

Review of Asian American Literature: The Next Generation, ed. Victoria Chang. Chicago Review 51.4-52.1 (Spring 2006): 222-230.

Review of Ray Hsu, Anthropy. idea&s: the arts & science review 2.2 (Autumn 2005): 63.

"How to Write a Chinese Poem." Meanjin 63.2 (2004): 73-9.

"Poet in the House of Frankenstein." Review of John Yau, Borrowed Love Poems. Free Verse 3 (Winter 2003).

"Inside Out." Cordite 11 (September 2002).

Conference Presentations

Interview with Annette Mangaard. Heart of a Poet: Ray Hsu. BookTelevision (Canada). 14 February 2007.

"The Future of Asian American Poetry." Invited talk, Asian American Studies Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 5, 2007.

"Asian American Poetry since 1970: A Brief History." Invited lecture, Asian American Studies 286: Asian American Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 5, 2007.

"At Sixes and Sevens: Abstraction and Reference in Robert Creeley’s 'Numbers.'" Modern Language Association Convention, December 27-30, 2006, Philadelphia.

"Reconsidering Robert Creeley (1926-2005)" (panel organizer and chair). Modern Language Association Convention, December 27-30, 2006, Philadelphia.

"A New Prairie School?" Midwest Modern Language Association, Nov. 9-12, 2006, Chicago.

"Urban Poetry" (invited panelist). Drawing the Lines: International Perspectives on Urban Renewal, November 2, 2006, Indiana University Northwest, Gary.

"Traveling Genres: Filipino Prose, American Poetry." American Literature Association Conference, May 25-28, 2006, San Francisco.

"An Asian American Avant-Garde?" Modernist Studies Association, November 3-6, 2005, Chicago.

"Asian American Poetry in the 1970s: The Politics of Form." American Literature Association Symposium on Poetic Form, September 30-October 1, 2005, San Diego.

"Auto Poesy: Allen Ginsberg's Poetics of Transcription." Modern Language Association Convention, December 27-30, 2003, San Diego.

"Audience Distant Relative: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha and Experimental Asian American Poetry." Modern Language Association Convention, December 27-30, 2002, New York.

"'The Hand of a Chinese Master': Jose Garcia Villa and Modernist Orientalism." Modern Language Assocation Convention, December 27-30, 2001, New Orleans.

"If Feeling Is Thinking: Theorizing Emotion in the Postmodern Poem."  Literature at the Limits: Berkeley-Stanford Conference, Stanford University, April 21, 2001.

"'Bogus Scholarship': Text, Context, and the Notes to The Waste Land ." 20th Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, February 22-24, 2001.

"Form and Identity in Langugage Poetry and Asian American Poetry." Transgressing Boundaries and Strategies of Renewal in American Poetry, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, May 18-20, 2000.

"Gertrude Stein and the Grammar of the Avant-Garde."  Rethinking the Avant-Garde, University of Notre Dame, April 14-15, 2000.

"Oriental Cities, Postmodern Futures."  Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Buffalo, NY, April 7-8, 2000.

"Beyond Theory: Politics, History, Monstrosity."  Structuralist Iterations: Late 1999, Stanford University, December 1999.


University of Toronto


ENG5998HF: Theorizing Asian North American Studies: Globalization and Nation, Fall 2005.


ENG359Y: American Literature 1880-1960, Spring 2006.

ENG279Y: Asian North American Literature in English, Spring 2005, 2005-2006.

ENG201Y: Reading Poetry, Spring 2005.

Stanford University

TA Mentor, English Department, Spring 2001.

Teaching Assistant, Professor Kenneth Fields, English 150: Poetry and Poetics, Fall 2000.

Instructor, Writing and Critical Thinking 2B: Popular Culture: Writing and Research, Spring 2000.

Instructor, Writing and Critical Thinking 1B: Writing about Popular Culture and Media, Winter 2000. 

Teaching Assistant, Professor Brett Bourbon, English 179D: Joyce, Spring 1999.

Other Teaching

Teacher and Chatfield Fellow.  Commonwealth School, Boston, MA, September 1996-June 1998.

Academic Activities and Service

Reader for Contemporary Literature, MELUS, PMLA, University of Hawaii Press.

Coordinator, Workshop on Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, Stanford Humanities Center, 2002-2003.

Graduate Student Program Adviser, Undergraduate Advising Center, Stanford University, 2002-2003.

Panelist, Dissertation Fellowship Information Session, Stanford Humanities Center, December 2002.

Coordinator, Asian Americas Workshop, Stanford Humanities Center, 2000-2002.

Graduate Studies Committee, English Department, Stanford University, 2000-2001, 2002-2003.

Writing in the Major Proposal Committee, English Department, Stanford University, 2000-2001.

Qualifying Exam Committee, English Department, Stanford University, 1999-2001.

Coordinator, Prospective Student Visiting Weekend, English Department, Stanford University, April 1999.