Poets on Poetry: Ed Bok Lee and Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Apr
30
7:00 PM19:00

Poets on Poetry: Ed Bok Lee and Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Join the Ramsey County Library as we celebrate National Poetry Month with a poetry reading and conversation between Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Ed Bok Lee.

Poets on Poetry celebrates the richness of language featuring two Minnesota-based poets who will read some of their poetry, followed by a casual conversation about writing. This event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Wordplay Book Festival: Origin Stories,
May
11
12:45 PM12:45

Wordplay Book Festival: Origin Stories,

A part of Wordplay Book Festival. Festival pass is required.

Featuring Dani Shapiro—Inheritance | Nicole Chung—All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir of Adoption & Unexpected Family | Ed Bok Lee—Mitochondrial Night
Moderator Sun Yung Shin
Genre Multigenre (nonfiction and poetry)

On a whim, Dani Shapiro (Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love) took an ancestry test and learned the real identity of her biological father, a sperm donor, throwing a major curveball into her identity and family origins. When essayist and editor Nicole Chung (All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir) became pregnant with her first child, she set out to meet her birth parents, and in the process, learned a more complex history of her transracial adoption story than she expected. Using DNA as his guide, Ed Bok Lee (Mitochondrial Night) considers the human existence down to its most atomic level. Lee’s third book of poetry is an imagistic exploration of familial and national lineage—a fascinating read that seeks to make meaning of small moments in life.

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Author Talk: Ed Bok Lee
May
20
6:00 PM18:00

Author Talk: Ed Bok Lee

Presented by Hennepin County Library

Author and poet Ed Bok Lee will present from his new book of poetry, "Mitochondrial Night." Taking mitochondrial DNA as his guide, Lee explores familial and national legacies, and their persistence across shifting boundaries and the erosions of time. Q and A to follow.

Free and open to the public.

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Literary Witnesses presents Ed Bok Lee's Book Launch
Mar
16
7:00 PM19:00

Literary Witnesses presents Ed Bok Lee's Book Launch

Join us for the book launch of Ed Bok Lee’s latest poetry collection, Mitochondrial Night. 

With opening readings by Donte Collins and Saymoukda Vongsay.

This event, free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by Literary Witnesses, Rain Taxi Review of Books and Korean Quarterly. Reception to follow, with music by DJ NAK.

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