Showcase Reading Series: Ed Bok Lee, Charles Bernstein, Andrea ABi-Karam
Jul
11
7:00 PM19:00

Showcase Reading Series: Ed Bok Lee, Charles Bernstein, Andrea ABi-Karam

Readings by Charles Bernstein (Near/Miss, University of Chicago Press), Andrea Abi-Karam (EXTRATRANSMISSION, Kelsey Street Press), Abigail Chabitnoy (How To Dress a Fish, Wesleyan University Press), and Ed Bok Lee (Mitochondrial Night, Coffee House Press) to celebrate the 27th Annual Showcase Reading Series

 

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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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Wordplay Book Festival: From Now to Eternity
May
12
4:00 PM16:00

Wordplay Book Festival: From Now to Eternity

From Now to Eternity

Time 4–5 p.m.
Stage Open Book Stage (2nd Floor, part of Street Fest access)
Featuring Mark Conway—rivers of the driftless region | Ed Bok Lee—Mitochondrial Night
Moderator Elizabeth Tannen
Genre Multigenre

Local author Mark Conway’s latest collection of imagistic poetry (rivers of the driftless region) delves into the associations of eternity—or the ever-present now, from his explorations of a lesser-known territory in Minnesota. Surging outward from the eternal present, Ed Bok Lee’s newest collection reaches through history and 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, imbuing intimate moments with traces to historical legacies of global and cosmic scale. This discussion on eternity, history, and spiritual growth will expand our conscious boundaries and challenge us to ask how the past exists in the present.

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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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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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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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