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Biography of Li-Young Lee

Li-Young Lee

Li-Young Lee (1957 - Present)

Li-Young Lee (pinyin: Lǐ Lyng) b. 1957 is a United States Asian American poet, born in Jakarta, Indonesia to Chinese parents. Lee's father, personal physician to Mao Zedong while in China moved his family to Indonesia and helped to found Gamaliel University. In 1959, after spending a year as a political prisoner in President Sukarno's jails, Lee's father fled Indonesia with his family to escape anti-Chinese sentiment. Between 1959 and 1964 the Lee family travelled through Hong Kong, Macau, and Japan before settling in the United States.

Lee has attended the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Arizona, and the State University of New York at Brockport. He has also taught at Northwestern University and the University of Iowa. Lee has written several poetry collections including Book of My Nights (2001), The City in Which I Love You (1990, Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets for 1990), and Rose (1986, New York University's 1986 Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award ). His memoir, The Winged Seed: A Remembrance (1995), received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Lee's poems have also been published in three Pushcart Prize: Best of Small Presses anthologies.

His honors include a Lannan Literary Award, a Whiting Writer's Award, grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship.

Lee currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.


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22 Poems written by Li-Young Lee

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And when, in the city in which I love you,
Because this graveyard is a hill,
Choose a quiet
Forgive me for thinking I saw
From blossoms comes Comments and analysis of From Blossoms by Li-Young Lee 224 Comments
He gossips like my grandmother, this man
Here, as in childhood, Brother, no one knows us. Comments and analysis of The Father's House by Li-Young Lee 10 Comments
In sixth grade Mrs. Walker Comments and analysis of Persimmons by Li-Young Lee 1 Comment
In the dark, a child might ask, What is the world?
In the steamer is the trout Comments and analysis of Eating Together by Li-Young Lee 9 Comments
It's late. I've come
Ivy ties the cellar door Comments and analysis of Dreaming Of Hair by Li-Young Lee 9 Comments
I've pulled the last of the year's young onions. Comments and analysis of Eating Alone by Li-Young Lee 4 Comments
Lie still now Comments and analysis of This Room And Everything In It by Li-Young Lee 9 Comments
Sad is the man who is asked for a story Comments and analysis of A Story by Li-Young Lee 76 Comments
She begins, and my grandmother joins her. Comments and analysis of I Ask My Mother To Sing by Li-Young Lee 3 Comments
Someone said my name in the garden,
To pull the metal splinter from my palm
Tonight my brother, in heavy boots, is walking
We come to each other
While the long grain is softening


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