Lee was educated at the University of Southern California, Harvard-Radcliffe, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the University of Texas at Austin.
She teaches creative writing, literature, and music. Her book PYX won the National Poetry Series and was published by Penguin. Lee was chosen in 2007 by the Poetry Society of America as one of the top ten emerging poets in the United States. Six of her poems were featured in Best American Poetry 2010.
Lee is a Master Naturalist in the state of Texas. She lives on seven acres in the Texas Hill Country with her husband and children.