Mary Soon Lee

Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but has lived in Pittsburgh for over twenty years. Her two latest books are from opposite ends of the poetry spectrum: Elemental Haiku, containing haiku for each element of the periodic table, was published by Ten Speed Press in 2019, and The Sign of the Dragon, an epic fantasy with Chinese and Mongolian elements, was published as an ebook in 2020.


Twitter:  @MarySoonLee


Poems included in The Insignia Series anthologies:

‘Training: Stances’, ‘The Horse Lord’, ‘Tsung’s Battle’, ‘The Matter of the Horses’, and ‘Respect’ (Insignia: Asian Flash Fiction & Poetry, 2019)

Work in the Insignia: Best Asian Speculative Fiction series:

‘Meisho’s Dodos’, ‘Lantern Festival’, ‘The Eighth Son of Ganbataar’, ’Lotus Moon’, ‘The Wild Horses Came Hastening’, and ‘How to Weave the Stars’, Insignia 2020: Best Asian Speculative Fiction. 

Insignia 2022: Best Asian Speculative Fiction (Release: Dec 2022).


INSTINCTS poetry series:

INSTINCTS #7: ‘Midnight’ by Mary Soon Lee (June 4th, 2020)

INSTINCTS #9 ‘Bedtime’ by Mary Soon Lee (August 12th, 2020)

INSTINCTS #29: ‘Ming Dynasty Cats’ by Mary Soon Lee (July 20th, 2022)

Other posts of interest:

Author Spotlight #2 (August 27th, 2019)



  1. Author Name/s: Mary Soon Lee
  2. Years active as a writer: 28
  3. What genre/s you write: fantasy, science fiction, science, mainstream
  4. Favorite length of story to write: poems or stories under 2000 words
  5. Your nationality: American
  6. Country you live in: USA, but I grew up in England.
  7. Number of Asian countries visited: 1
  8. Favorite place in Asia (visited): Singapore
  9. Place (city or country) you most want to visit in Asia: China
  10. Favorite Asian cuisine: Indian
  11. Favorite Asian dish: aloo gobi
  12. Favorite Asian book (any genre): The Journey to the West
  13. Best thing about being a writer: writing the first draft of a story or poem
  14. Worst thing about being a writer: uncertain, often low, income
  15. Drink and snack of choice (while writing): tea to drink, no snacks
  16. Number of short stories/poems submitted each month (av): 15 submissions, with poetry often being sent in batches of 3 to 6 poems in a single submission
  17. Most active on (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram): Twitter
  18. Self-published, traditionally published, or both: traditionally published
  19. Currently working on: a sequence of astronomy poems with the working title “How to Navigate Our Universe.”
  20. Coming soon: Elemental Haiku, a book containing a haiku for each element of the periodic table, will be published on October 1st 2019, by Ten Speed Press, and may be pre-ordered from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound.


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