The Department is proud to announce its most recent hire, fiction writer Don Lee. Lee received his B.A. in English Literature from University of California, Los Angeles, graduating summa cum laude, and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Literature from Emerson College. He most recently served as Associate Professor at Macalester College, and has also served as a Visiting Writer at Emerson College, Queens University, University of Michigan, and Bennington College.
Don is the author of three books, Yellow, a collection of short stories which won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction; Country of Origin, a novel which won the American Book Award; and his latest novel, Wrack and Ruin, which was released from W.W. Norton this spring and was recently featured on National Public Radio. His stories have received an O. Henry Award and a Pushcart Prize, and have been published in GQ, The Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, The Gettysburg Review, and The North American Review. Don is the recipient of the fiction fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the St. Botolph Club Foundation, and was named as a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction. He is the inaugural recipient of the Fred R. Brown Literary Award for emerging novelists from the University of Pittsburgh. For full biographical information, please check: http://www.don-lee.com/
Don also served as the editor of Ploughshares, one of best-known literary journals in the United States, reading, critiquing, and editing the work of hundreds of writers.