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Mark W. Lee is an American novelist, poet and playwright. He has worked as a war correspondent and some of these real-life experiences have appeared in his fiction.

Lee was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He attended Yale University where he became friends with the Pulitzer prize winning poet and novelist Robert Penn Warren. Lee dedicated his first novel to Warren. [1]

After graduating from Yale in 1973, Lee lived in New York City for several years where he worked as a taxi driver, a language teacher and a security guard. In New York, he became friends with artists Frank Moore and Lillian Mulero. His poetry and nonfiction appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the Times Literary Supplement and a variety of literary journals.

Lee has always done elaborate research for his literary work. When writing a long poem about Henry Hudson, he walked alone down the eastern shore of Hudson Bay. His poem, Hudson Bay, 1611, was published in The Sewanee Review.

In the early 1980s, Lee traveled to East Africa where he worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters and the London Telegraph. During the civil war that followed the fall of dictator Idi Amin, he was one of the few western journalists living in Uganda. After being expelled from the country for writing about military atrocities, Lee returned to the United States. He found that he could no longer write poetry and began writing plays and novels.

His first play, California Dog Fight, was set at an illegal dog fight the Sacramento delta. It premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club {1985) and went on to an award-winning production at the Bush Theatre in London. Lee's next play, Rebel Armies Deep Into Chad, premiered at New Haven's Long Wharf Theatre in 1989. Rebel Armies is about the confrontation between two white journalists and two African prostitutes. It has been performed at many theatres throughout America. [2]

Lee's play, Pirates (1992) premiered at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa where it won the American Express California Playwrights competition. An American Romance (1997) premiered at the Road Theatre in Los Angeles. It won 12 regional theatre awards. Lee's play, Century City (1998), premiered at the WPA Theatre in New York. The Private Room, Lee's controversial play set in the prison cells of Guantanamo Bay, premiered at the New End Theatre in London in 2004. [3]

Mark Lee's first novel, The Lost Tribe, was published in 1998 by Picador USA. The book describes an epic journey of Africans and Americans looking for the contemporary descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel. In the Washington Post Book World, the reviewer wrote:

"Without overwriting, Lee can convey the sprinting pace of a brush fire, the horror of an elephant slaughter, the hair-trigger tenseness of a military checkpoint." [5]

In 2000, Lee traveled to East Timor and wrote articles about the civil war for the Atlantic Monthly and the Los Angeles Times.

Lee's second novel, The Canal House, was published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in 2003. The critically praised novel describes the dangerous world of war correspondents and aid workers. It is set in Africa and East Timor. In the Denver Post, the reviewer wrote:

"A story presented in prose so fine it nearly sings, peopled with characters who burn themselves into your mind and heart." [6]

Mark Lee has been deeply involved in freedom of speech and human rights activities for PEN, the international writers' organization. He gave speeches and interviews attacking the Patriot Act, traveled to Ethiopia to help imprisoned writers and started the Seattle Chapter of PEN.

In 2008, with funding from PEN Center USA, he established "Tibetan PEN in the Classroom" -- a program where exiled Tibetan writers teach students how write poetry and fiction. [4]

His work appears in Politically Inspired a collection of essays and short stories about the Iraq war published by MacAdam/Cage. In Publishers Weekly, the reviewer wrote:

Lee's Memo to Our Journalists is a short, punchy list of editorial precautions to reporters in Iraq. It includes such pithy advice as: "If you and your embedded unit are lost in the countryside and searching for the main road, remember that every adult male in the world lies about most things much of the time. Look for a smart, honest nine-year-old." [7]

Lee currently lives in New York City. He has two children.
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Total Books: 37
Hurt Road The Music the Memories and the Miles Between
The Ultimate Key West Bar Guide
2015 - The Ultimate Key West Bar Guide [The Ultimate Bar Guide Series - Volume 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780615934471
ISBN-10: 0615934471
Genre: Travel

Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street
2015 - Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street (Other)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780763676506
ISBN-10: 0763676500
Genre: Children's Books

Veinte camiones grandes en medio de la calle
2015 - Veinte Camiones Grandes En Medio De La Calle (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780763676513
ISBN-10: 0763676519
Genre: Children's Books

Relaxed Golf Know MoreThink Less Play Better
2012 - Relaxed Golf Know Morethink Less Play Better (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781481056625
ISBN-10: 148105662X
Genre: Sports & Outdoors

Dimensions of the Kaleidoscope
2011 - Dimensions of the Kaleidoscope (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780983703006
ISBN-10: 0983703000
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Mastering the Art of Self-Publishing Amazon CreateSpace and your book project
Blank Pages for Note Taking
2009 - Blank Pages for Note Taking (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781449544416
ISBN-10: 144954441X

Expert Witnesses Intellectual Property Cases 2009-2010 ed
2009 - Expert Witnesses Intellectual Property Cases 2009-2010 Ed (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780314990365
ISBN-10: 0314990364

C Programming for the Absolute Beginner
2009 - C Programming for the Absolute Beginner (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781598638752
ISBN-10: 1598638750
Genre: Computers & Technology

Expert Witnesses Intellectual Property Cases 2008-2009 ed
2008 - Expert Witnesses Intellectual Property Cases 2008-2009 Ed (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780314984388
ISBN-10: 0314984380

Street Fighter Volume 4 Bonus Stage
2007 - Street Fighter Volume 4 Bonus Stage [Street Fighter] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781897376003
ISBN-10: 1897376006
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

Securing Your PC in Easy Steps
2007 - Securing Your Pc in Easy Steps (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781840783360
ISBN-10: 1840783362
Genre: Computers & Technology

Beyond the Colors
2007 - Beyond the Colors (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781427617064
ISBN-10: 1427617066

Leadership What Is This Thing Grab It Hold It Learn It - A Key to Life
2004 - Inchoate (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783952271803
ISBN-10: 3952271802
Genre: Engineering & Transportation

Legalines Antitrust Keyed to the Fifth Edition of the Pitofsky Casebook
2004 - Legalines Antitrust Keyed to the Fifth Edition of the Pitofsky Casebook (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780314156358
ISBN-10: 0314156356

The Canal House
2004 - The Canal House [Harvest Book] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780156029544
ISBN-10: 0156029545
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

The Lost Tribe
1999 - The Lost Tribe (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780312204204
ISBN-10: 0312204205
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Game's Up Redefining Child Prostitution
1995 - The Game's Up Redefining Child Prostitution (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780907324980
ISBN-10: 0907324983
Genre: Parenting & Relationships

How to Set Goals and Really Reach Them
1978 - How to Set Goals and Really Reach Them (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780889650268
ISBN-10: 0889650268