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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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7585 Eating Alone Comments and analysis of Eating Alone by Li-Young Lee 4 Comments
7085 Persimmons Comments and analysis of Persimmons by Li-Young Lee 1 Comment
6640 Eating Together Comments and analysis of Eating Together by Li-Young Lee 9 Comments
6506 I Ask My Mother To Sing Comments and analysis of I Ask My Mother To Sing by Li-Young Lee 3 Comments
5151 The Sacrifice
4094 From Blossoms Comments and analysis of From Blossoms by Li-Young Lee 223 Comments
4050 Braiding
3888 This Hour And What Is Dead
3439 The Father's House Comments and analysis of The Father's House by Li-Young Lee 10 Comments
3379 The City In Which I Loved You
3184 The Cleaving
3163 For A New Citizen Of These United States
3134 Early In The Morning
2851 My Indigo
2666 With Ruins
2330 Nativity
1989 A Story Comments and analysis of A Story by Li-Young Lee 75 Comments
453 The Gift
409 Visions And Interpretations
314 Out Of Hiding
301 Dreaming Of Hair Comments and analysis of Dreaming Of Hair by Li-Young Lee 9 Comments
14 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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