Karen An-hwei Lee is the author of Phyla of Joy (2012), Ardor (2008), and In Medias Res (2004), winner of the Norma Farber First Book Award. Her book of literary criticism, Anglophone Literatures in the Asian Diaspora: Literary Transnationalism and Translingual Migrations (2013), was selected for the Cambria Sinophone World Series. She earned an M.F.A. from Brown University and a Ph.D. in English from UC Berkeley. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, she lives and teaches in greater Los Angeles, where she is a novice harpist.