Li-Young Lee, 21st Annual ODU Literary Festival


Li-Young Lee

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Webb University Center; Chandler Recital Hall, Deihn Fine and Performing Center

Author/Artist Bio

Li-Young Lee burst into the American literary consciousness with the publication of Rose in 1986. Fusing memory, family, culture and history, he draws on the language of the people – American and Southeast Asian – and on the stories that sustain their pasts.
Li-Young Lee was born in 1957 in Jakarta, Indonesia, of Chinese parents. In 1959, his father, after spending a year as a political prisoner in President Sukarno’s jails, fled Indonesia with his family. Between 1959 and 1964 the Lee family traveled throughout Hong Kong, Macau and Japan until arriving in America.
Li-Young Lee’s poems have appeared in a variety of major literary journals, including American Poetry Review, Grand Street, The Iowa Review, Ironwood, Ploughshares and TriQuarterly.
He has received several honors, among them a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a Writer’s Award from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation and creative writing grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Rose won the New York Univerity’s 1986 Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award and The City In Which I Love You was the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets. Li-Young Lee currently lives in Chicago, Illinois.


Lee read with Maria Luisa Cariño on Thursday, October 8th, 1998 at 3:30 p.m. and at 8:00 p.m.


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