Li-Young Lee

NAAAP 100 Honoree


Li-Young Lee is of Chinese descent and was born in Jakarta, Indonesia.  His maternal great grandfather was Yuan Shih Kai, and his father acted as personal secretary to Chairman Mao in the early 1950’s.  His family fled Indonesia during growing anti-Chinese sentiment in the early 1960’s, eventually finding asylum in the USA.  He is the author of several volumes of poetry, the most recent due from WW Norton in February 2018.  It is titled “The Undressing.” He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards and fellowships, and he has been invited to read his work at The White House by three US presidents.  All of his books are available on Amazon.