Person wearing a mask and hat standing next to a quilt of the American flag on fire

Frances S. Lee

is a Cantonese/Taiwanese American writer based in Suquamish and Duwamish Territory (Bremerton, WA) and Massachusett lands (Somerville, MA). Their creative practices are a deep inquiry into the everyday norms that shape the stories that creatives, community builders and justice seekers tell each another. As a recovering evangelical, they write to reclaim parts of their former faith tradition by resisting dogma and foregrounding everyone’s redemptive possibilities. 

Frances is a Ministry Fellow at Harvard Divinity School (2024). They were a 2020-21 Hugo House Fellow, and penned secular litanies for the spiritual sustenance of activists. In 2020, Frances was awarded a Seventh Wave residency, where they crafted an essay about the necessity of bridge people and bridge work through crisis. In 2019, Frances completed an Environmental Justice Journalism fellowship with the Seattle Globalist, where they investigated how warming oceans are affecting subsistence and ceremonial shellfish harvest for Indigenous tribes in Washington state.

Frances served on the board of directors at Wayzgoose Kitsap, a printmaking organization that hosts an annual arts festival in downtown Bremerton. From 2018-2020, they were a King Street Station Advisor for the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, a cultural and gallery space in the heart of the city dedicated on increasing opportunities and funding for artists of color.

Frances holds a MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington Bothell and a BA in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. CV available upon request.

Photo credit: Erin Burrows

Frances is posing in front of SELF-PORTRAIT AS AMERICA, 2020, by Joey Veltkamp