Nicole W. Lee is an emerging writer of Chinese (Teochew and Hakka) Malaysian heritage whose practice explores her identity as an Asian Australian woman and whose work spans fiction, theatre, criticism, and poetry.

Her writing has been published in literary magazines Crazyhorse (USA) and Meanjin (AUS), and performed at shows held by the Inner West Collective, the American Australian Association, and the Institute for Australian and Chinese Arts and Culture at Western Sydney University.

Supported by a Cultural Trust grant, Nicole is studying a low-residency Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry at Warren Wilson College in Swannoa, North Carolina, USA. The program is both prestigious and highly selective, known for its rigorous creative and analytical curriculum, and benefits from a faculty of leading international poets. 

The ‘low-residency’ program will see Nicole attend five ten-day in-person residencies at the Warren Wilson campus and four five-month individualised study periods with online faculty mentorship while living off-campus at home in Sydney.

“I believe two years of deep study with some of the best poets in the world, and significantly poets of colour, will put me in good stead to develop into a polished Asian Australian female poet of international standard.”

“I hope that my time at Warren Wilson will allow me to bring back some of the most current, vital thinking and poetic practices to Australia and potentially prepare me for PhD study.”