Li-Young Lee, poet

Event time: 
Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 11:15am
Event description: 


Part of the 2005 Literature and Spirituality Series

Yale Divinity Bookstore, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven.

Followed by a book-signing and reception.



Li-Young Lee was born in 1957 in Jakarta, Indonesia, of Chinese parents. In 1959, his family fled Indonesia, and by 1964 they arrived in America. Lee has studied at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Arizona, and the State University of New York College at Brockport. He has taught at numerous colleges and universities. His books of poetry include Book of My Nights (BOA Editions, Ltd. 2001), Rose (BOA Editions, Ltd. 1986), winner of the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University, and The City in Which I Love You (BOA, 1990), the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection from The Academy of American Poets. He is also author of an autobiography, The Winged Seed (Simon and Schuster, 1994; reissued 1999 by Hungry Mind Press). Lee’s honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lannan Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, as well as grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 1988 he was the recipient of a Writer’s Award from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation.

Lee lives in Chicago with his wife, Donna, and their children.