Bio

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Frances S. Lee

is a writer based in Suquamish and Duwamish Territory (Bremerton, Washington). 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 currently a 2020-21 Hugo House writing fellow and is working on a series of secular litanies for the spiritual sustenance of activists. In 2020, they were awarded a Seventh Wave residency, where they penned 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 currently serves 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 hold a MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington Bothell. CV available upon request.