Born in Việt Nam, Lê Phạm Lê graduated from the University of Pedagogy in Sài Gòn with a B.A. in Vietnamese Literature. After teaching in high school for five years, she left her country with her husband and young son due to the fall of South Việt Nam. In 1979, Lê and her family resettled in America, where she raised three children. Lê worked for more than two decades in the California community college system until her retirement in 2011.
Lê’s poems have appeared in The World Contemporary Asiatic Poetry Anthology (in Japan) and The Fence Literary Magazine (in Japan); Full Tilt journal of poetry-The Wild East Magazine (in Taiwan); Erbacce (in UK); Source; World Literature Today; Nimrod International Literary Journal; Arabesques International Review: Cultures and Dialogues; Sirena: Poetry, Art and Criticism; Drumvoices Revue; Rattle; Beacons; Zoland Poetry; She Is Everywhere; The Loch Raven Review; Beltway Poetry Quarterly; Cỏ Thơm; Tuyển Tập Cụm Hoa Tình Yêu; Bút Tre among others.
Lê has presented her poems widely, at such venues as the Noh Classical Theater (in Japan); Pacific Asian Pasadena Museum, San Francisco Public Library, and San Jose Public Library; universities and colleges such as Yale, Stanford, United States Naval Academy; UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, Indiana Purdue University Fort Wayne, San Francisco State, Sacramento State, Evergreen Valley, Ohlone, Los Medanos, Contra Costa; Contra Costa Community College District’s “College Profile” TV Interview; What’s Going On in California Exhibition; American Literary Translators Association Annual Conferences; Center for Art of Translation; Diablo Valley Literacy Council 25th Celebration; and Great Night of Soul Poetry.
Lê was awarded the Peace Poetry Golden Medallion at the 23rd UPLI World Congress of Poets, Osaka, Japan, March 25-29, 2014 and the Special Award at the 17th Viet Bao–Writing On America Award Ceremony in Orange County, California, August 14, 2016.