Dr Lee Kofman is a Russian-born Israeli-Australian author of five books, writing teacher and mentor based in Melbourne. She has published three fiction books in Hebrew, but since 2002 has been writing exclusively in English.
Lee’s first book in English, the memoir The Dangerous Bride about non-monogamy and migration, came out in October 2014 with Melbourne University Press and was included in Recommended Books 2014 (The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Book Review) and 2015 (Sydney Morning Herald and The Age).
Lee has also published numerous short stories, short creative non-fiction and poetry in Australia, Scotland, UK, Israel, USA and Canada in Best Australian Stories, Best Australian Essays, Harper’s Bazaar, Griffith Review, Mamamia, Heat, Meanjin, Westerly, Creative Nonfiction (USA), Lilith (USA), Malahat Review (Canada) and Brand (UK) [LD4] amongst many other publications. She contributed to the anthologies Mothermorphosis Melbourne University Press, 2015, ed. Monica Dux), Culture is… (Wakefield Press, 2008, ed. Anne-Marie Smith), Families: Modern Australian Short Stories (Five Mile Press, 2008, ed. Barry Oakley) and A Revealed Life (ABC [LD6] Books, 2007, ed. Julianne Schultz). Five of her poems were selected for a performance by professional actors at Lord Ivy Gallery on 25th August 2009. Her writing has won various awards, including the Australian Council grant and the Varuna Eric Dark Flagship Fellowship.
Lee is involved in the Australian literary community in many other ways too. She has judged several writing competitions, including Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers, launched books and literary magazines, served as a member of the Varuna Fellowship Selection panel and organised several festival and conference panels. Lee has also been the blogger-in-residence for the Writers Victoria website for the past three years and her private blog, featured on this website, was a finalist for Best Australian Blogs 2014.
Lee regularly speaks in public about her writing all around Australia. She has participated in many literary events and festivals as a panellist, panel moderator, feature speaker and lecturer, including the Brisbane Festival of Ideas (2011), the NonFiction Now international conference (2012), Curiosity Lectures at Sydney Writers Festival (2015[LD8] ) and many more. Lee loves interviewing writers, and she did many in-conversation with authors, notably with the UK-based bestselling author Sara Winman and Miles Franklin award winner Sofie Laguna. Lee curated many writing events with the most recent being Creative Nonfiction at Wheeler Centre (November 2016) – with panelists Clare Wright, Ramona Koval and Kate Holden – which Lee also chaired. Lee also performs Spoken Word regularly.
Lee holds PhD in Social Sciences (RMIT), Master of Creative Writing (University of Melbourne) and Bachelor of Social Work (University of Melbourne). In the past she had sampled many different occupations, including party organising, counselling and university teaching. Now she is a full time writer and writing teacher.
Since 2003 Lee has performed as a feature poet in many poetry events in Melbourne, including La Mama Poetica, Federation Square Poetry, Overload Poetry Festival, Melbourne Jewish Book Festival, The Emerging Writers Festival, Saloni M, Director’s Cut and Liner Notes. I also organised events for the Overload Poetry Festival in 2011, 2007 and 2006. More recently I performed at a collaborative show with a musician Adi Sappir celebrating the work of Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai as a part of Glen Eira Storytelling Festival 2015.