Acclaimed poet Li-Young Lee is the author of two books of poetry: The City in Which I Love You (BOA Editions, 1991), which was the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection; and Rose (1986), which won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award. He also wrote a memoir entitled The Winged Seed: A Remembrance (Simon and Schuster, 1995), which received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. His other 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.

Born in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1957 to Chinese parents, Lee and his family fled the country in 1959 after his father spent a year as a political prisoner in President Sukarno's jails. From 1959 to 1964, the Lee family traveled throughout Hong Kong, Macau, and Japan before finally settling in the United States. Lee attended the Universities of Pittsburgh and Arizona, and the State University of New York at Brockport. He has taught at several universities, including Northwestern and the University of Iowa. He lives in Chicago, Illinois, with his wife, Donna, and their two sons.



Poems by Li-Young Lee


The Gift

With Ruins




Poetry Center Reading:

      Spring 1998