Nancy Lee lived her early years in England before immigrating to Canada. She received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She has taught at the Simon Fraser University Writing and Publishing Program, and is the former Associate Director of the Booming Ground Writers Community.
Lee’s first book of fiction, Dead Girls, was named Book of the Year by NOW Magazine, and was a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, as well as in the 2001 Toronto Life Summer Fiction issue. She was one of seven writers selected by Margaret Atwood for a special CBC Radio feature on new writers to watch, and a jury member for the CBC’s “Canada Reads” program for 2003. She is the recipient of many grants, fellowships, and writing awards, including the Gabriel Award for Radio.
Her first novel, The Age, was published in Canada by McClelland & Stewart (2014) as well as in the Netherlands (2014) and France (2016). Her latest book, What Hurts Going Down, a volume of poetry, confronts how socially ingrained sexual violence distorts and dislocates girlhood and womanhood. 31 poems from the book have previously appeared in literary journals, the most recent selected for Ploughshares by guest editor Tracy K. Smith.