The American Poetry Review called Li-Young Lee "one of the finest young poets alive." He is the author of three volumes of poetry: "Book of My Nights," "Rose," which won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award and "The City in Which I Love You," which was the Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets. He writes on the themes of family, loss, and exile.
He also writes about his own journeys with spirituality, cultural translation, and love. In Lee's prose memoir, "The Winged Seed: A Remembrance," he recounts the political imprisonment of his father, who had been Mao Zedong's physician, and his parents' escape from Indonesia.