Jessica J. Lee

Jessica J. Lee

MFA Mentor, Creative Nonfiction

Jessica J. Lee Jessica J. Lee

Ph.D. York University, MRes University of London, BA(Hons)(Vind)

Jessica J. Lee is a nationally bestselling British-Canadian-Taiwanese author, environmental historian and winner of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature, a Banff Mountain Book Award, and the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer Award. She is the author of three books, Turning, Two Trees Make a Forest (selected for Canada Reads), and Dispersals, the children’s book A Garden Called Home, and co-editor of the essay collection Dog Hearted. She has also written for The Guardian, The TLS, Granta, and many others, as well as made radio documentaries for the BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental History and Aesthetics. Her work primarily centres on environment, belonging and migration. Jessica is the founding editor of The Willowherb Review and also teaches creative writing at the University of Cambridge. She lives in Berlin, Germany.


Selected Publications:

  • Dispersals: On Plants, Borders, and Belonging, Hamish Hamilton, 2024
  • Two Trees Make a Forest, Hamish Hamilton, 2020
  • Turning: A Year in the Water, Hamish Hamilton, 2017



Nature, place, and travel writing, environmental nonfiction, memoir, histories of art and science, hybrid forms, academic-to-literary crossovers