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Poet Li-Young Lee to present reading

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
February 4, 2009

Li-Young Lee

Li-Young Lee

Poet Li-Young Lee, Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos, will present a reading 3:30 p.m. Feb. 5 on the fifth floor of Alkek Library on campus.

The event, cosponsored by the Department of English, is free and open to the public.

Born in 1957 in Jakarta, Indonesia, Lee’s great grandfather was China's first republican president, and his father, a deeply religious Christian, was physician to communist leader Mao Tse-Tung. After the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, Lee's parents escaped to Indonesia. In 1959, his father, after spending a year as a political prisoner in President Sukarno's jails, fled Indonesia with his family to escape anti-Chinese sentiment. After a five-year trek through Hong Kong, Macau, and Japan, they settled in the United States in 1964.

Lee is the author of Behind My Eyes (Norton, 2008); Book of My Nights (2001), which won the 2002 William Carlos Williams Award; The City in Which I Love You (1991), which was the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection; and Rose (1986), which won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award. His other work includes Breaking the Alabaster Jar: Conversations with Li-Young Lee (Edited by Earl G. Ingersoll, BOA Editions, 2006), a collection of twelve interviews with Lee at various stages of his artistic development; and The Winged Seed: A Remembrance (Simon and Schuster, 1995), a memoir which received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.

For additional information, contact Michael Noll at (512) 262-6637 or via email at mn19@txstate.edu.