Y. S. Lee’s fiction includes the critically acclaimed YA mystery series The Agency (Candlewick Press/Walker Books UK), which was translated into six languages and won the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s inaugural John Spray Mystery Award. Her first picture book, Mrs. Nobody, will be published by Groundwood Books in Fall 2023.
An emerging poet, Ying has had work shortlisted for Australia’s 2021 Peter Porter Poetry Prize and longlisted for the 2021 CBC Poetry Prize, and she was a finalist in the 2022 Ralph Gustafson Poetry Contest. Her poems appear/are forthcoming in Rattle, The Literary Review of Canada, EVENT, The Australian Book Review, and other journals.
Ying lives in Kingston with her husband and children, and is an alumna of Kingston WritersFest.
Past Festival Appearances
2020: 6. #MeToo: Reclaiming Women’s Power By Outing Rape Culture
2019: 7. Without Apology: YA Fiction, 46. Lady Franklin Writes: Where Historians Dare Not Go
2016: 12. Two Worlds: Who Am I When Cultures Clash?