Award-winning speculative poet Mary Soon Lee was recently featured in Mental Floss this month for her haikus on the individual elements of the Periodic Table.
Mary Soon Lee is the author of three books. Her first book, Winter Shadows and Other Tales, was published in 2001, and a second book, Ebb Tides and Other Tales, was published in 2002. Her third book, Crowned: The Sign of the Dragon Book 1 received the Elgin Award for Book of the Year from the SFPA. Her poem “Interregnum” won the 2014 Rhysling Award for Best Long Poem; the poem first appeared in Star*Line.Her other poetry credits include the American Scholar, the Atlanta Review, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Her short stories have appeared in The Year’s Best SF #4 and #5, edited by David Hartwell.
Soon Lee was born in London, England. Mary Soon Lee attended Trinity Hall, Cambridge University where she gained an M.A. in mathematics and a diploma in computer science. There, she also met her husband, Andrew Moore. She later gained an M.Sc. in astronautics and space engineering at Cranfield University. In November 1990, she moved to Cambridge, Mass., where she lived for three years before coming to Pittsburgh. In 2003, she and her husband became US citizens.