Dominic Lim

AUTHOr. singer. storyteller.

My debut novel, Special Guest Appearance By (the Great) Emmett Aoki, will be released by Forever (Grand Central Publishing/Hachette) in June 2023!


I am a gay, Filipino writer. I create stories about LGBTQ+BIPOC characters.

The voices of queer people of color still struggle to be heard.

I want to be part of the effort to change that—to bring more attention to our narratives, and to inspire others to do the same.

By Dominic Lim

Special Guest Appearance By (the Great) Emmett Aoki

A Novel

My debut novel–a rom-com about a Filipino composer/pianist and his relationship with a closeted Hollywood actor–is coming soon!

The main character, Quito Cruz, composes a song his freshman year in high school when he realizes he is gay. As I was writing Quito’s story, I knew that in order to be fully immersed in his world I had to have solid idea of not only what the song’s lyrics were, but also what the music sounded like. So I collaborated with the incredible composer, Martin McGinn, to actually bring it into existence.

As a special preview of Special Guest Appearance By (the Great) Emmett Aoki, please enjoy the lyric video of “A Part I Play,” with music and lyrics by Quito Cruz (IRL: music & keyboard by Martin McGinn and lyrics & vocals by yours truly)!



Publication in Whoa Nelly

Tinago Triptych

Whoa Nelly Press:
(Un)heard Voices

“I run out of the car, breaking across hot Virginia asphalt back into our house, my small eight-year-old feet barely touching the ground. I am flying because I believe now that a man can fly…”

Publication in Down in the Dirt

Birdcage Man

Down in the Dirt

My father was going on and on about some birdcage. His fingers waved about wildly like errant swallows…”

A Small Seed

The Jellyfish Review

She noticed his laugh first. Full-throated, like a walrus. Like a roar…”

Publication in Ghost Parachute

The Shed

Ghost Parachute 

“George hunches over his workbench piled high with rust-spotted tools. He takes a faded handkerchief from his pocket and rubs his heavy-lidded eyes, tries to wipe away the familiar images he has just seen on television: gunship helicopters, villages on fire, children hiding in rice fields…”

Publication in Solstice

Theme and Variations

Solstice Literary Magazine

(2018 Fiction Finalist) 

“You’re told what to do from the very beginning. You might enjoy the brief illusion that you’re free to do as you wish, that you have some sort of artistic license, but the command is there in black and white. You have to be steady, consistent. Exact…”


…coming soon!



Gina Panettieri, Talcott Notch Literary

Dominic Lim is a co-host of the long-running Babylon Salon reading and performance series in San Francisco and is a member of the Writers Grotto where he currently sits on the board of directors. Formerly a Writers Grotto fellow (in 2020), Dominic now manages the Grotto’s fellowship program.  

Dominic is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association, holds a Master of Music from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and is an alum of Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music.

As Amyris, Inc.‘s Intellectual Property Manager, Dominic oversees the patents, trademarks, and domain names for one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sustainable ingredients made with synthetic biology.

He lives in Oakland with his loving and supportive partner, Peter, and their whiny cat, Phoebe.



Regarding "Theme and Variations": "The writer uses shifts in chronology to weave an important, compelling story. The metaphor and details of music give the story a deep resonance that adds to its poignancy and show the skill of a very good writer."

Ann Hood, New York Times best-selling author


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