Lee Kofman

Dr Lee Kofman is a Russian-born, Israeli-Australian author based in Melbourne. Lee holds a PhD in social sciences and MA in creative writing. She is the author of three fiction books, and memoirs Imperfect (Affirm Press, 2019), which was shortlisted for Nib Literary Award 2019, and The Dangerous Bride (Melbourne University Press, 2014), which was included in Best Books 2014 (The Age and Australian Book Review) and 2015 (The Age). Lee is the editor of Split (Ventura Press, 2019), which was longlisted for ABIA Awards 2020, and co-editor of Rebellious Daughters (Ventura Press, 2016), anthologies of personal essays by prominent Australian authors. Her short works have been published in Australia, Scotland, UK, Israel, USA and Canada. Her blog about writing was a finalist for Best Australian Blogs 2014. She teaches writing and mentors writers. Her most recent book is The Writer Laid Bare (Ventura Press).


  1. The Writer Laid Bare: Mastering emotional honesty in a writer’s art, craft and life (Ventura Press 2022)
  2. Split: True stories of leaving, loss and new beginnings (Ventura Press 2019)
  3. Imperfect: How our bodies shape the people we become (Affirm Press 2019)
  4. Rebellious Daughters: True stories from Australia’s finest female writers (Ventura Press 2016)
  5. The Dangerous Bride: A memoir of love, gods and geography (MUP 2014)


    • Imperfect was shortlisted for Nib Literary Award 2019
    • Split was longlisted for ABIA Awards 2020
    • Multiple Varuna fellowships, including Eric Dark flagship fellowship
    • Australia Council literature board grant 2004

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