Lee Kofman comes from a family of orthodox Jewish Russian 'refuseniks'. She emigrated from Russia to Israel in 1985, and then to Australia in 2000. Kofman has completed a masters in creative writing at the University of Melbourne. In 2004 she received an Australia Council grant and in 2005 she was awarded the Varuna Eric Dark Flagship Fellowship to write her first book in English. (She has also published three works of fiction in Israel, in Hebrew: Scars, 1994; Single Woman, 1999; and I Will Love Christina) In 2007 Kofman was Writer in Residence at Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre, Western Australia. In the same year she received an Australian Society of Authors mentorship, a Varuna Pathways Masterclass Award and a Booranga Writers' Centre Fellowship.
Kofman's work has been published in Australian Jewish News, the Israeli literary magazine Moznayim and various Australian journals.