Marie Myung-Ok Lee's novel, The Evening Hero, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster, and her young adult novel, Finding My Voice, was re-released by Soho Press in December 2020. Her stories and essays have been published in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Slate, Salon, Guernica, The Paris Review, The Guardian, The Nation, and The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and forthcoming in Smithsonian Magazine. Lee is a founder and former board president of the Asian American Writers' Workshop and teaches fiction at Columbia where she is Writer in Residence.
She is also one of the few journalists who has been granted a visa to visit North Korea, which she did in 2004. It is the setting for The Evening Hero. She was a 2004 MacDowell fellow.