Seulmi Lee was born and raised in South Korea.
Her first work of fiction appeared in the Antioch Review. Her second one won the 2018 Editors' Prize in fiction and appeared in Meridian. Two stand-alone chapters of her novel-in-progress, "8 Lives of a Century-Old Trickster", are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review and Pleiades: Literature in Context.
"8 Lives of a Century-Old Trickster" is inspired by a story of her great aunt, one of the oldest women to escape alone from North Korea.
She has a BA in English Literature from Columbia University and an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong, where she received the Esther MK Cheung Memorial Prize.