Alice Lee

Role: Author and Artist
Place: Alaska, China, Italy, Washington and elsewhere

Poet and painter Alice Lee was the former editor and publisher of Orca Press, the Alaskan letterpress publishing house, for which she received a Pushcart Prize for best of the small presses. She was also editor and publisher of Whistle Lake Press in Washington State. Lee was an Alaskan Poet Laureate finalist and was awarded artist residencies at Yaddo, Hedgebrook, Villa Montalvo in California, and Avignon, France. She taught college English for 30-plus years in Missouri, Alaska, Seattle, China and Whidbey Island, Washington.

Her poems have appeared nationally and internationally in Alaska Quarterly Review, Calyx, Kansas Quarterly, San Francisco Poetry Review, New Mexico Poetry Review, Blue Mesa, Adobe Walls and other publications. She held solo shows of her art in the U.S. and abroad.

Besides writing and painting, Lee enjoyed travel, gardening and working with her Golden retriever service dog, Austin. She lived with her poet husband Wayne Lee in Portland, Oregon.


Select Publications:

  • Neclace of Stones: a memoir of poetry and place

  • China Moon: Poems (Finishing Line Press)

  • Twenty Poems from the Blue House (Whistle Lake Press)

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