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General Information

Name:  Li-Young Lee  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1957 in Jakarta, Indonesia

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-- Li-Young Lee on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

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

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. He is a member of advisory board, Poetry Center of Chicago.Known for his poetry about childhood, spirituality and immigrant dreams, 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 they traveled in Hong Kong, Macau, and Japan, before arriving in western Pennsylvania where Lee was raised. He moved to Chicago to take up writing after doing graduate work at the University of Arizona and the University of New York at Brockport.Lee is the author of four critically acclaimed books of poetry, his most recent being ''Behind My Eyes''. His earlier collections are ''Book of My Nights''; ''Rose'', winner of the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University; The City in Which I Love You, the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection; and a memoir entitled ''The Winged Seed: A Remembrance'', which received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. 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 received the Writer's Award from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation.


''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

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Behind my eyes
ISBN: 9780393334814. OCLC Number: 154706874

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Combining sensitivity and eloquence with a broad appeal, Li-Young Lee walks in the footsteps of Stanley Kunitz and Billy Collins as one of the United States's most beloved poets. Playful, erotic, at times mysterious, his work describes the immanent value of everyday experience. Straightforward language and simple narratives become gateways to the most powerful formulations of beauty, wisdom, and divine love.

Book of my nights :
ISBN: 1929918070. OCLC Number: 47240715

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Book of My Nights is the first poetry collection in ten years by one of the world's most acclaimed young poets. In Book of My Nights, Li-Young Lee once again gives us lyrical poetry that fuses memory, family, culture and history. In language as simple and powerful as the human muscle, these poems work individually and as a full-sequence meditation on the vulnerability of humanity. Marketing Plans: o National advertising o National media campaign o National and regional author appearances o Advance reader copies o Course adoption mailing Li-Young Lee burst onto the American literary scene with the publication of Rose, winner of the 1986 Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award from The Poetry Society of America. He followed that astonishing book with The City in Which I Love You, which was The Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets. Mr. Lee has appeared on National Public Radio a number of times and The Power of the Word, the PBS television series with Bill Moyers. Rose and The City in Which I Love You are in the 19th and 17th printings respectively, making them two of the highest-selling contemporary poetry books in the United States. Moreover, Mr. Lee's poems have been translated into more than a dozen languages. He currently lives in Chicago.

Book of My Nights.
ISBN: 9781938160400. OCLC Number: 881887141

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The long-awaited new poetry collection from one of the world's most acclaimed young poets.

Breaking the Alabaster Jar :
ISBN: 9781938160912. OCLC Number: 910446729

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Twelve extensive interviews covering twenty years of aesthetic and spiritual insights from a beloved American poet.

Breaking the alabaster jar :
ISBN: 1929918828. OCLC Number: 63692682

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From blossoms :
ISBN: 9781852246983. OCLC Number: 73957142

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Rose :
ISBN: 0918526531. OCLC Number: 15183342

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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 first poetry collection, Rose, won the New York University's 1986 Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award. His second collection, The City In Which I Love You, was the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets. His third collection, Book of My Nights, was awarded the 2002 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. Table of Contents I.EpistleThe GiftPersimmonsThe Weight Of SweetnessFrom BlossomsDreaming Of HairEarly In The MorningWaterFalling: The CodeNocturneMy IndigoIrisesEating Alone II.Always A Rose III.Eating TogetherAsh, Snow, Or MoonlightThe LifeThe WeepersBraidingRain DiaryMy Sleeping Loved OnesMnemonicBetween SeasonsVisions And Interpretations.

The city in which I love you :
ISBN: 0918526833. OCLC Number: 22407667

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A collection of poems evokes the author's youth and the immigrant experience in America.

The winged seed :
ISBN: 9781938160042. OCLC Number: 892573921

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A reissue of acclaimed poet Li-Young Lee's heart-wrenching memoir, with a new foreword by the author and never-before-seen photos.