I grew up three miles from the CIA and am currently based in Denver, where I work as the Program Director at Chinook Fund, a social justice funder in Colorado. I direct a community leadership program in social justice philanthropy called The Giving Project, which moves dollars for community-led social change. The Giving Project supports systems change analysis, democratic decision making, and cross-class collective giving in order to foster more resilient public support for underfunded social justice organizing work. My professional expertise is in anti-oppression facilitation specifically around racism and classism, curriculum design, program development, community engagement, grassroots fundraising, and systems change. I’m trained in feminist research methods, critical pedagogy design, and ethnic studies frameworks.
My books include That Gorgeous Feeling (Coconut Press 2008), Underground National (Factory School Press, 2010), SOLAR MAXIMUM (Futurepoem Books, 2015), and No Comet, That Serpent in the Sky Means Noise (Kore Press, 2017). My fifth book, Aerial Concave Without Cloud, is forthcoming from Nightboat Books in 2021. I’ve also published numerous chapbooks and was included in the Best American Experimental Writing (BAX) in 2015.
I have held artist residencies in poetry, dance, and video art at Kunstnarhuset Messen (Norway), Hafnarborg (Iceland), UCross Foundation (Wyoming), Rockland Woods (Washington), The Blaffer Museum of Art at the University of Houston (Texas), and Casa Libre en la Solana (Arizona).
I was a 2013 Pew Fellow in the Arts for Literature (Poetry), a featured artist for Chicago’s 2015 city-wide performance arts festival IN>TIME, and a commissioned artist for the Asian Arts Initiative‘s 25th Anniversary series, (ex)CHANGE: History Place Presence.
In 2006, I founded COROLLARY PRESS, a chapbook series dedicated to innovative multi-ethnic writing. Through Corollary, I released work by Craig Santos Perez, Douglas Kearney, Jason Daniel Schwartz, Jai Arun Ravine, Bhanu Kapil, Lynn Xu, Pamela Lu, Carlos Soto Roman, Brandon Shimoda, and Christopher Stackhouse. All chapbooks were hand-stitched in small editions of 150. They are collected by the Poet’s House in New York, the Poetry Center at the University of Arizona, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and at SUNY Buffalo. Though Corollary Press is now closed, I am developing a new series to support innovative work… stay tuned.
I reviewed contemporary poetry for The Constant Critic, a project of Fence Books, and currently review for the The Georgia Review. I have written short commentaries on the poetic production of time for Jacket2, and for the Poetry Foundation. I’ve also published several essays on contemporary poetics, race, and Asian American writing, and offered editorial support for the Smithsonian Institute’s Asian Pacific American Center.
My work has been funded by grants from the Alliance of Artists’ Communities and Colorado Creative Industries.
I’ve been invited to present work at the Denver Art Museum, The Poets House, the Smithsonian Institute’s Asian Pacific American Center, The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Asian Arts initiative, Naropa University, University of California Santa Cruz, Smith College, San Francisco State University, California Institute of the Arts, The Kelly Writers House, Kundiman, Small Press Traffic, Buffalo’s Big Night Out, Dickinson College, The Poetry Project, and numerous other spaces.
Currently, my interests include light, displacement, imaginations of the future, devastation, and movement. I’ve spent the last five years developing a dance poetics that poaches ancient east Asian dance forms to channel poetry through my body and the environment.
You can contact me at s [dot] juliette [dot] lee [at] gmail [dot] com.