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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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7694 Eating Alone Comments and analysis of Eating Alone by Li-Young Lee 4 Comments
7171 Persimmons Comments and analysis of Persimmons by Li-Young Lee 1 Comment
6834 Eating Together Comments and analysis of Eating Together by Li-Young Lee 9 Comments
6623 I Ask My Mother To Sing Comments and analysis of I Ask My Mother To Sing by Li-Young Lee 3 Comments
5251 The Sacrifice
4235 From Blossoms Comments and analysis of From Blossoms by Li-Young Lee 227 Comments
4173 Braiding
4106 Early In The Morning
3974 This Hour And What Is Dead
3526 The Father's House Comments and analysis of The Father's House by Li-Young Lee 11 Comments
3477 The City In Which I Loved You
3276 The Cleaving
3273 For A New Citizen Of These United States
2926 My Indigo
2751 With Ruins
2736 A Story Comments and analysis of A Story by Li-Young Lee 77 Comments
2487 Nativity
631 The Gift
603 Visions And Interpretations
483 Out Of Hiding
437 Dreaming Of Hair Comments and analysis of Dreaming Of Hair by Li-Young Lee 9 Comments
139 This Room And Everything In It Comments and analysis of This Room And Everything In It by Li-Young Lee 9 Comments


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