Wes Lee lives in Paekakariki. Formerly a lecturer in Fine Arts and Graphic Design at Auckland University of Technology, she has a Master of Philosophy in Fine Arts, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Drama from The University of Auckland. Her latest poetry collection By the Lapels was launched in October 2019 by Steele Roberts Aotearoa in Wellington. Previous poetry collections include Body, Remember launched in London as part of the Lorgnette Series (Eyewear Publishing, 2017); Shooting Gallery (Steele Roberts Aotearoa, 2016). And a chapbook of short fiction Cowboy Genes (Grist Books, University of Huddersfield Press, 2014). Her writing has appeared in a wide array of literary journals in New Zealand, Australia and the UK including Poetry London, The London Magazine, The Stinging Fly, Westerly, Cordite, Magma Poetry, Landfall, Poetry New Zealand, New Writing Scotland, The Stony Thursday Book, The New Zealand Listener, Australian Poetry Journal, and has been widely anthologised. She has won a number of awards for her writing including The BNZ Katherine Mansfield Literary Award; The Bronwyn Tate Memorial Award; The Dan Davin Literary Award; The Short Fiction Prize (University of Plymouth Press); The Over the Edge New Writer of the Year in Ireland; The Saboteur Awards Best Anthology 2017 in London. She has been selected as a finalist in a number of high profile poetry prizes including The London Magazine Poetry Prize, The Troubadour Poetry Prize, and commended in the Poetry London Prize (now The Clore Prize). Most recently she was shortlisted for The Overton Prize 2018 for a sequence of poems, at Loughborough University in the UK; selected by American poet Eileen Myles as a finalist for the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize 2018, and awarded the Poetry New Zealand Prize 2019 by Massey University Press.