Chang-rae Lee is the author of the novels Native Speaker (1995), A Gesture Life (1999), Aloft (2004), The Surrendered (2010), which won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and On Such A Full Sea (2014), which won the 2015 Heartland Prize for Fiction and was a Finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction.
His other awards and citations include the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the American Book Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, ALA Notable Book of the Year Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Literary Award, the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, and the NAIBA Book Award for Fiction. He has also has also written stories and articles for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta, Conde Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, and many other publications. In 2000 he was named by The New Yorker as one of the 20 Writers for the 21st Century.
He has been awarded fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and The American Academy in Rome.
Chang-rae Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and emigrated to the United States when he was three. He was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale, and the University of Oregon. He is Professor in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University as well as a Shinhan Distinguished Visiting Professor at Yonsei University.
Winter 2016 Living Writers Series:
Thursdays, 6:00-7:45 PM
Humanities Lecture Hall, 206
Creative Work & Critical Play features contemporary writers and artists who expose and explore the space between critical discourse and the creative imagination. Through the work of making art and the play in ideation, they mine issues of race, sexuality, gender, and class through several genres and media, to include poetry, fiction, critical prose, performance, sonic and visual art, memoir, as well as hybrid forms.
January 14: Alex Rivera
January 21: Vikram Chandra
January 28: Stephen Graham Jones & Christopher Rosales
February 4: Charles Yu
February 11: Branwen Okpako
February 18: Nnedi Okorafor
February 25: Chang-rae Lee
March 3: Jeremy Love
March 10: Samuel Delany