Catherine J.S. Lee lives, writes, teaches, and flower gardens on a Maine island near Canada. She has been writing short fiction for most of her life and publishing in a wide variety of print and online journals since the 1980s. She recently completed a collection of short fiction inspired by the coast of Maine, Never Love a Fisherman. Her most recent published story appears in 2013’s Summer Stories from Shanti Arts Publishing, in which paintings by Maine artist Leslie Anderson are paired with fiction by ten Maine writers.
Lee began writing haiku in July, 2007. Her haiku have been published in most of the print and online haiku journals from around the world and translated into four languages, including Japanese. Many of her haiku have received recognition in national and international competitions. All That Remains, her haiku collection, won the 2010 Turtle Light Press Haiku Chapbook Competition and was published in a hand-bound edition. Lee’s haiku have also appeared in regional, national, and international anthologies, including A New Resonance 7: Emerging Voices in English Language Haiku from Red Moon Press. She has been a featured poet at DailyHaiku; at the Electronic Poetry Network of Shreve Memorial Library in Shreveport, Louisiana; and at Cornell University’s Alfred R. Mann Library. Also a photographer and haiga (haiku plus image) artist, she has had haiga published by Simply Haiku and by the World Haiku Association.
Currently, Lee teaches in the special-education program at her local high school. In her tiny bit of free time, she enjoys playing the five-string banjo with her guitarist friends and taking daily walks by the ocean near her home.