Don Lee (author)

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Don Lee
Born 1959
Occupation Writer, Creative Writing professor
Nationality American
Period late 20th and early 21st century
Genre literary fiction

Don Lee (born 1959) is a Korean-American novelist.


The son of a State Department officer, Lee spent his childhood in Tokyo and Seoul. He received his B.A. in English Literature from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College. He has also served as the primary editor of the literary journal Ploughshares for 17 years. Lee's earlier work have appeared in GQ, New England Review, American Short Fiction, Kenyon Review, and Glimmer Train, with Voir Dire anthologized in Charlie Chan Is Dead 2. He has also received fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the St. Botolph Club Foundation.

Lee was formerly a faculty member of the Creative Writing department at Macalester College. In the fall of 2008, Lee moved to the faculty of Western Michigan University where he taught both graduate and undergraduate courses. He is currently in the faculty of the Creative Writing program at Temple University.

His first collection of short stories, Yellow, documents the lives of various Asian American characters living in the fictional town of Rosarita Bay. Yellow won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He followed that collection with his first novel, Country of Origin, which earned an American Book Award and an Edgar Award for Best First Novel.

In 2008, Lee finished writing his second novel,Wrack and Ruin.[1] The book, which revisits Rosarita Bay, was published by W.W. Norton in April 2008. In 2012, Norton published Lee's third novel, The Collective. [2]


Short story collection[edit]


  • Country of Origin (2005)
  • Wrack and Ruin (2008)
  • The Collective (2012)


  1. ^ Dierbeck, Lisa (2008-06-22). "When Brothers Collide". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  2. ^ Zilka, Christine Lee. "Don Lee: The Ethnic Literature Box". Guernica. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 

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