LynleyShimat Lys


LynleyShimat Lys

Office hours:
TR 10:15 - 10:45

LynleyShimat Lys is a multiracial poet, playwright, and essayist, as well as an educator. They are a haole/Indigenous settler in Hawaiʻi. They serve as Editor-in-Chief of Hawai‘i Review arts journal and teach at UH Mānoa, where they are working on a PhD in Creative Writing. Lynley held a Louis Armstrong Residency at Queens College - CUNY and won the Emily Chamberlain Cook poetry prize at UC Berkeley. They were featured on the “It’s Lit with PhDJ” radio show and performed at Bowery Poetry, MIA, and Hawai‘i Slam.

Hobbies include knitting, jewelry making, and learning languages. They currently study ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, Māori and Pidgin (Hawaiian Creole English). Lynley lives with a rabbit named Tammuz, after the Modern Arabic and Hebrew Tammuzi literary movements, which were influenced by the English Modernists, and, in parallel to Western mythology, referred to the Babylonian myth of the harvest god Tammuz.

Pronoun: They/Them

Title: Mx. Lys


Editor-In-Chief - Hawaiʻi Review
Academic Publications:
  • “Call For Return: Fielding Questions On Lebanon,” PresenTense
  • “What Must Not Be Aired: Israeli Civil Unrest and the Invasion of Lebanon,” Mayim Rabim, NYU Israel Journal
Recent Published Work: Reviews: Drunken Boat Blog:
  • “I rip apart each word”: New American Mythologies in After by Fatimah Asghar.
  • “Poets Who Will Not Remain Silent:” Dispatch from Split This Rock! Poetry Festival 2016.
Fjords Review:
  • "[Sing] The Black Body Electric," Review of [Insert] Boy, by Danez Smith.
  • "The Tenor of Silence," Review of Revising the Storm, by Geoffrey Davis.
  • "Here to Love You Uncomfortable," Review of The New Testament, by Jericho Brown.
  • “Charting the River,” Review of The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish by Joshua Weiner
  Creative Non-Fiction:
  • “Laney College,” Revisions, Queens College - CUNY
  • "Green Light," The Great Gatsby Anthology | Silver Birch Press
  • "Cold Bookcases," Incessant Pipe
  • "Joan,""Epicenter: Marla in Jerusalem," Window Cat Press
  • "Images of the Bubble Chamber," & "By the Shores of Gitchee Gumi," Verse Wisconsin

Areas of Interest

  • Creative Writing - Poetry, CNF, Drama, Creative Translation, Multilingual Writing
  • Moʻolelo Hawaiʻi
  • Indigenous Theory & Intellectual moʻokūʻauhau
  • Blackness in the Pacific


  • Semi-Finalist, Button Poetry Chapbook Competition
  • Graduate Assistantship, Creative Writing MFA, Queens College – CUNY, Spring 2016
  • Louis Armstrong House Archives and Museum Creative Writing Residency 2015
  • Semi-Finalist, Sundress Publications Chapbook Competition
  • Hebrew University Rothberg School Scholarship
  • Emily Chamberlain Cook Prize in Poetry, UC Berkeley, CA
  • Fabilli-Hoffer Laconic Essay Prize Honorable Mention, UC Berkeley, CA
  • National Merit Scholarship
  • University of California Regents Scholarship
  • AP Scholar with Distinction


  • PhD Candidate, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.
  • MFA 2016 - Poetry and Literary Translation, Queens College - CUNY
  • MA 2012 - Middle Eastern Studies (Palestinian Poetry) - Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • BA 2002 - Comparative Literature (Hebrew, Russian, English) - UC Berkeley


Summer Semester 2020
  • ENG-209: Business Writing

Spring Semester 2019
  • ENG-270: Intro to Lit: Literary History

Fall Semester 2019
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-273: Intro to Lit: Creative Writing

Summer Semester 2019
  • ENG-190: Composition I for Transfers
  • ENG-209: Business Writing

Fall Semester 2018
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-100: Composition I