Lee is the author of two acclaimed poetry collections, To Square a Circle and Scapegoat. In addition to poetry, he has authored prize-winning dramas and award-winning short fiction. He teaches undergraduate literature and creative writing, and is on faculty in two nationally ranked graduate MFA programs (Creative Writing; Theater Education) both of which are housed at the famed historic Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi.

Selected Works

  • Acknowledgments
    • Hixson Memorial Prize (Poetry)
    • William Faulkner Literary Prize ("Awake")
    • Tennessee Williams Literary Festival Award/Best Play (Loose Hog)
    • Fellow, Eudora Welty New Play Series (Paper Thin)
    • Official Selection - W.I.T.S: Written in the South Series - Terrific New Theatre (Paper Thin)
    • Southeastern Theatre Conference: Outstanding New Dramatic Work (Paper Thin)
    • Tennessee Williams Tribute Scholar Medal (Drama)
    • MAC Literary Artist Fellowship in Playwriting (Bob and the Tree)
    • Pangeae Prize (Native -- semifinalist)
    • Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Prize in Poetry (To Square a Circle - Nominee)
    • Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Prize in Poetry (Scapegoat - Nominee)
    • Urban Arts Festival/Manhattan (Sindication)
    • Jook Showcase of Southern Playwrights (Loose Hog)

What He Knows And How He Knows It

For more information about T. K. Lee's work, visit the pages below.

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Lights Up!

Director & Actor

No stranger to theatre, T. K. Lee enjoys spending time on stage as an actor—he started at the age of 12 in The Sound of Music—but when he discovered the thrill of directing, he found he enjoyed his time off stage just as much.

Paper Thin

Hot Off The Press!

Poetry & Prose

At the tender age of four, he fell in love with words, developing a growing appetite for them in all their shapes, forms, and fashions. This love affair with the written word made the leap to crafting his own, a natural one be it an original play, poetry, or a short story collection.



Original Plays

Speaking of original plays, T.K. Lee has quite a stack. Some have made it into print, some onto the stage, but all have come right (or wrong) straight out of his own strange, familiar, and quirky mind.

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A Is For Academics!

Courses, Residencies & Workshops

From the stage to the classroom, he is passionate about sharing his expertise and experiences in diverse learning environments through both traditional coursework, as well as online instruction, and through seminars, lectures, and workshops.

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