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ED BOK LEE is a poet and playwright, whose first book, Real Karaoke
People: Poems & Prose (from New Rivers Press) is a Minnesota Book Award
finalist. His perspective spans the local to the global, drawing
inspiration from the changing face of America, the Immigrant
Experience, Asian Pop Culture, Hip Hop, Buddhism, the Korean War and
Lee attended kindergarten in South Korea, grew up in North Dakota and
Minnesota, and has since lived in a half-dozen cities around the world.
He studied Slavics at Berkeley, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing
from Brown University.
He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the
Minnesota State Arts Board, the Loft Literary Center, SASE, and the
He is published in a variety of journals, magazines and anthologies,
such as Arts & Letters, Crab Orchard Review, The Korean Quarterly, St.
Paul Pioneer Press, and The Journal of Asian American Renaissance among
Lee has performed his “poelogues” (or poetry monologues) at schools,
prisons, reservations, shelters, poetry clubs such as the Nuyorican
Poets Café and for National Poetry Slam, and at numerous colleges and
universities across the nation.
Ed Bok Lee will read from Real Karaoke People on Friday, April 28 at
the St. Paul Central Library, 90 W. 4th Street (651-266-7000) at 7:00pm
with other Minnesota Book Award Finalists.
The 18th Annual Minnesota Book Awards will be held Saturday, April 29,
2006 at 8 p.m. at The Woman's Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove
Minnesota Book Awards: