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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Poetry

Born: 1957 in Jakarta, Indonesia


Illinois Connection

Lee moved to Chicago after graduate school and still resides there today.

Biographical and Professional Information

Li-Young Lee is writer and educator. He taught at Northwestern University, University of Iowa, University of Oregon, and University of Texas at Austin. His verse has earned numerous honors, including a Lannan Literary Award, a Paterson Poetry Prize, and an American Book Award.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- ''The Rose'' -- *Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award, New York University, 1986


-- ''The City in Which I Love You'' -- *Lamont Poetry Selection, The Academy of American Poets, 1990


-- "The Winged Seed"

-- *American Book Award, 1995


-- "Book of My Nights"

-- *William Carlos Williams Award, 2002


-- "Behind My Eyes"

-- *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly


-- "The Undressing"

-- *Starred Review, Booklist