Ed Bok Lee



  • “Plant Poems Please,” Pillsbury United/Pillsbury House “Arts Blocks” series, with Bridget Mendel, Minneapolis, MN, August 2017

  • “Lanesboro: Art Town: Poetry Parking Lot,” a 100-car municipal parking lot transformed into a functional, poetry-inspired parking lot, Lanesboro Arts Center, Lanesboro, MN, September 2014 - present

  • “Metatranslations,” American Swedish Institute, lead artist, with Alison Bolah, Xavier Tavera, Michael Hoyt, Natasha Pestich, and Janaki Ranpura, Minneapolis, MN, January 14 - April 27, 2014

  • “Art on Foot,” Walker Art Center/Three Rivers Park District Silverwoood Park, participating poet, Minneapolis, MN, May 2011 - present

  • “Lake,” Text and Photography collaboration with visual artist, Wei-li Yeh, Treasure Hill Tea & Photo Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan (co-sponsored by the Taipei Culture Bureau), May - October, 2006

  • Hiawatha Municipal Light Rail Poetry Project, City of Minneapolis, participating poet, December 2003 - present



Lee is the author of History K, Passage, St. Petersburg, Athens County, Leavetaker, and Glow, among other plays.  His plays have been published by Vintage/Random House, Pearson/Longman, Smith and Krauss, Duke University Press, Playscripts.com, and have been seen at major regional and national theaters including the Guthrie Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, Theater Mu, Taipei Theatre, East West Players, Trinity Repertory Company, and the Walker Art Center Out There Series.  Selected drama samples and synopses:

  • Glow: In Seoul in the not-so-distant future, Iri, a clone, comes of age in life and love. Premiered for the public at the National Asian American Theater Conference, Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN June 2008. Glow was originally commissioned and presented at the New York Theater Workshop, New York, NY, October 2004. 

  • El Santo Americano: Clay, a washed up professional wrestler, kidnaps his estranged wife Evalana and their child, and heads for Mexico, where he hopes to reinvent himself as a champion (masked) wrestler. An unexpected stop in the middle of the desert forces new possibilities for all three in this magical vision of a post-American Dream. Premiered at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN 2001

  • St. Petersburg: It is late-capitalism, and one particular American family will either sink or swim in a metaphysical cesspool surrounded by pink flamingos on the lawn at a time in World History when “Old People” and “Minorities” constitute the majority of the American population, and the greatest threat is over-consumption, that is, until the Enemy arrives to put them to the test.  Premiered at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, New Work Now Festival, New York, NY, April 2000, starring Paul Giamatti

  • History K: A Korean prostitute in Seoul prepares for her last night of work before retiring. Premiered at the Playwrights Center, Minneapolis, MN 1998

  • Triangles: Three characters of Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese descent physically articulate the untold effects of war. Premiered at the Walker Art Center Out There series, Minneapolis, 1992 


Photo 1 provided by Walker Art Center

Photos 2 and 3 by Charissa Uemura