Marie Lee

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Marie Myung-Ok Lee
Born 1964 (age 50–51)
Employer Brown University
Korean name
Hangul 이명옥
Revised Romanization I Myeong-ok
McCune–Reischauer I Myŏng'ok

Marie Myung-Ok Lee (born 1964) is a Korean-American author and essayist.

Her stories and essays have been published in The Atlantic, Witness, The Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, Newsweek, Slate and The New York Times. She has received honors for her work including an O. Henry honorable mention for an adaptation of a chapter from Somebody's Daughter, and was a recipient of the MacColl Johnson literature fellowship and 2010 Fiction Fellowship from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Lee has been a Yaddo, MacDowell Colony and VCCA fellow, has served as a National Book Award judge, and has taught fiction writing at Yale University. She is a founder and former Board President of the Asian American Writers' Workshop. She currently teaches at Brown University.[citation needed]

Lee's novel, Somebody's Daughter (2005), is based on her year as a Fulbright Scholar to South Korea, taking oral histories of Korean birth mothers. She has been involved in the adoptee community for many years, but Lee herself is not adopted. One of her family members is adopted from Korea.[1][2]


  1. ^ Smith, Andy (17 April 2005). A Korean-American journey: Providence's Marie Myung-Ok Lee writes her first novel for adults, Providence Journal
  2. ^ (21 February 2005). Fiction Review: Somebody's Daughter, Publisher's Weekly

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