So J. Lee graduated magna cum laude in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where they won the Dorothy Rosenberg Prize in Lyric Poetry and scholarships for their research on Oh Jung-hee and Toni Morrison. They received a two-year fellowship to attend the LTI Korea Translation Academy.
Their grant-winning translation of Choi Jin-young’s To the Warm Horizon and Lee Hyemi’s Unexpected Vanilla have appeared in Words Without Borders, Modern Poetry in Translation, Korean Literature Now, and Asymptote, while their translation of Heo Su-gyeong’s Time of Bronze, Time of Potatoes is forthcoming in Two Lines.
Lee is the creator of chogwa, a quarterly e-zine featuring one Korean poem and multiple English translations. They have also provided English subtitles for One, Two, Queer, and Four! and Chalna: Enough Time to Fall in Love.