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Hilary Tham
(August 20, 1946 - June 24, 2005)

2600 N. Upshur St. Arlington, VA.

Tham is the author of nine books of poems, including MEN & Other Strange Myths (1994), Counting (2000), The Tao of Mrs. Wei (2003), and a memoir, Lane With No Name: Memoirs and Poems of a Malaysian-Chinese Girlhood (1997).

Born in Klang, Malaysia, she was educated at a convent school by Irish nuns, married a Peace Corps volunteer, converted to Judaism, and immigrated to the US in 1971. From 1973 until her death at age 58, she lived in Arlington, VA.

She was awarded ten Artist-in-Education grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and taught creative writing in schools and for the Writer's Center. In addition, she served as editor-in-chief for The Word Works, Inc. (whose Capital Collection series of regional poets is now named for her), co-edited the anthology Winners: A Retrospective of the Washington Prize (with Karren L. Alenier and Miles David Moore, 1999). For many years, she was poetry editor for the Potomac Review.


Beltway Poetry Quarterly, "Tenth Anniversary Issue, A Tribute to Guest Editors"
Beltway Poetry Quarterly, "The Perfect Ken" (audio)
Beltway Poetry Quarterly, "Mrs. Wei on Governments" (poem)
Beltway Poetry Quarterly, "Introduction to the Fall 2002 Issue"
Beltway Poetry Quarterly, "When Lilacs Last..." (poem)
Beltway Poetry Quarterly, seven poems