Seulmi Lee was born and raised in South Korea.
Her first work of fiction appeared in the Antioch Review and was listed as Notable Nonrequired Reading of 2018 in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019. Her second short story won the 2018 Editors' Prize in Fiction and appeared in Meridian. Excerpts of her novel, "8 Lives of a Century-Old Trickster", have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Pleiades, Shenandoah, and the Massachusetts Review.
"8 Lives of a Century-Old Trickster" is forthcoming from Harper in the USA and Virago in the UK, in spring 2023. Foreign rights of the novel continue to sell around the world, including in Italy, Spain, Romania, Greece, and Denmark. The novel is inspired by a story of her great aunt, one of the oldest women to escape alone from North Korea.
Seulmi 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.
Seulmi lives in Hong Kong with her husband and children.