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Author Talk with Writer in Residence Marie Myung-Ok Lee

This event is FREE and open to the general public. Advance registration required. We will not be able to accommodate walk-ups until further notice.

Rain Plan: If the forecast is calling for rain (or weather), we will move the event to a virtual platform and email all registrants by 1pm on the day-of the event to confirm the plan and provide online access.

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About Marie Myung-Ok Lee

Marie Myung-Ok Lee’s novel, “The Evening Hero,” is forthcoming with Simon & Schuster, and her young adult novel, “Finding My Voice,” will be published by Soho Press. Her stories and essays have been published in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Slate, Salon, Guernica, The Paris Review, The Guardian, The Nation and The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and forthcoming in Smithsonian Magazine. She has been a judge for the National Book Awards and is a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow in fiction. Lee is a founder and former board president of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and teaches fiction at Columbia, where she is Writer in Residence.

During her time in Woody Creek Marie will be able to apportion her days to work on multitude of projects including the final prepublication reads of her original project, a forthcoming novel, “The Evening Hero” (May 2022), a book proposal for a memoir/essay hybrid on Asian Americans and incarceration and a longform essay for The Yale Review on the history of the uses of electricity to alter the human brain.


Thank you for registering to attend this event, we are looking forward to seeing!

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    • Event Start Date: September 14th, 2021, at 5:30 pm
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Event information
Tue Sep 14, 2021
5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Red Brick Center for the Arts
110 E. Hallam Street
Aspen, CO