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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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Page ViewsPoemComments
8476 Eating Together Comments and analysis of Eating Together by Li-Young Lee 9 Comments
8202 Eating Alone Comments and analysis of Eating Alone by Li-Young Lee 4 Comments
7686 Persimmons Comments and analysis of Persimmons by Li-Young Lee 1 Comment
7276 I Ask My Mother To Sing Comments and analysis of I Ask My Mother To Sing by Li-Young Lee 3 Comments
5713 The Sacrifice
4877 Braiding
4838 From Blossoms Comments and analysis of From Blossoms by Li-Young Lee 242 Comments
4642 My Indigo
4628 Early In The Morning
4408 This Hour And What Is Dead
4147 The Father's House Comments and analysis of The Father's House by Li-Young Lee 17 Comments
4002 For A New Citizen Of These United States
3906 The City In Which I Loved You
3727 The Cleaving
3045 With Ruins
1364 Visions And Interpretations
1215 Out Of Hiding
1162 The Gift
992 Dreaming Of Hair Comments and analysis of Dreaming Of Hair by Li-Young Lee 18 Comments
916 A Story Comments and analysis of A Story by Li-Young Lee 85 Comments
687 This Room And Everything In It Comments and analysis of This Room And Everything In It by Li-Young Lee 9 Comments
482 Nativity


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