Don Lee, Author of The Collective
Author photos by Melissa Frost

Don Lee is the author most recently of the novel Lonesome Lies Before Us. He is also the author of the novel The Collective, which won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature from the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association; the novel Wrack and Ruin, which was a finalist for the Thurber Prize; the novel Country of Origin, which won an American Book Award, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, and a Mixed Media Watch Image Award for Outstanding Fiction; and the story collection Yellow, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Members Choice Award from the Asian American Writers' Workshop.

He has received an O. Henry Award and a Pushcart Prize, and his stories have been published in VQR, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, GQ, The Gettysburg Review, Manoa, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere. His book reviews and essays have appeared in Electric Literature, The Stranger, The Boston Globe, Harvard Review, Boston magazine, The Village Voice, and other magazines. He has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the St. Botolph Club Foundation, and residencies from Yaddo and the Lannan Foundation.

For many years, he was the principal editor of the literary journal Ploughshares. He has taught creative writing at Emerson College, Macalester College, Western Michigan University, and Temple University. In 2019, he was a fiction faculty member at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

He is a third-generation Korean American. The son of a career State Department officer, he spent the majority of his childhood in Tokyo and Seoul. In Tokyo, he attended ASIJā€”the American School in Japan. He received his B.A. in English literature from UCLA and his M.F.A. in creative writing and literature from Emerson College.

He is married to the fiction writer Jane Delury and splits his time between Philadelphia and Baltimore.


Photo by Stephanie Todd