Gabriela Lee

  • Graduate Student, PhD Literature

Gabriela Lee earned her BA in English Studies: Creative Writing (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines, and her MA in Literary Studies from the National University of Singapore, prior to entering the English PhD program at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include speculative literatures, youth literatures, digital and transmedial narratives, and contemporary Philippine literature in English.

Her creative and critical work has been published in various publications: most recently, her flash fiction, “House of Cicadas,” has been featured in CRAFT Literary Magazine as an Editor’s Choice Selection; her essay “Sightings” is part of the anthology Unquiet Spirits: Essays by Asian Women in Horror. Her 2022 collection of short stories, A Playlist for the End of the World, is now available through the University of the Philippines Press. She also received the Grand Prize at the 2019 PBBY-Salanga Awards, which was released as Cely’s Crocodile: The Story and Art of Araceli Limcaco-Dans through Tahanan Books in 2020. Her latest academic publications include the book chapter “Reading Decolonially in a Children’s Literature Classroom” in Teaching Equity through Children’s Literature in Undergraduate Classrooms published by Routledge in 2023;  while the article, “Past Selves, Future Worlds: Folklore and Futurisms in Science Fiction: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults” appears in a 2022 special issue of the journal Comparative Critical Studies focusing on postcolonial speculative literatures. She was the guest editor for a 2021 special issue of the University of Malaya’s Southeast Asian Review of English, titled “Worldbuilding and the Asian Imagination.”

She currently serves as a member of the Diversity Committee of the Children’s Literature Association (ChLA); and as both country representative for the Philippines and an Executive Committee member-at-large for the Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA). Currently, Gabriela is on leave from a faculty position at the Department of English & Comparative Literature at the University of the Philippines while she pursues her PhD studies. Her complete CV can be found online at