Writer Marie Myung-Ok Lee stops by to expand on the ideas in her recent Los Angeles Times Op-Ed Piece “Andrew Yang seems invisible to the mainstream media – just like most Asian Americans”, the current presidential candidate race, and her upcoming new novel, The Evening Hero. (Intro: Invisible).
Marie Myung-Ok Lee is an acclaimed Korean-American writer and author of the novel Somebody’s Daughter. Her stories and essays have been published in The Atlantic, Witness, The Guardian, The Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, Newsweek, Slate, and The New York Times.
She was the first Fulbright Scholar to Korea in creative writing and has received many honors for her work, including an O. Henry honorable mention for an adaptation of a chapter from Somebody’s Daughter and was a recipient of the MacColl Johnson literature fellowship, the 2010 Fiction Fellowship from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the Best Book Award from the Friends of American Writers, and is a current New York Foundation for the Arts Fiction Fellow.
Lee has been a Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, and VCCA fellow and has served as a National Book Award judge and has taught fiction writing at Yale University. She is a founder and former Board President of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She currently teaches at Brown University, and she is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, where she teaches creative writing. She is married to Karl Jacoby, an environmental historian at Columbia University, and lives in New York City.
Her next novel, The Evening Hero, on the future of medicine, immigration, North Korea, is forthcoming with Simon & Schuster.