Poet Ed Bok Lee on campus Oct. 22

mrbokAmerican Book Award and Minnesota Book Award winner, Best-Selling Author, Poet, Fiction Writer, Spoken Word Artist, Public Speaker, and Playwright Ed Bok Lee will speak at RCTC on Thursday, Oct. 22 as a collaboration between RCTC, WSU-R, and RCTC Student Life.

A reading will be held from 11:00 to 11:55 in MH 223 with refreshments, book sales, and conversation to follow from 12:00-12:30 in MH 210.

Lee is the author of Whorled (Coffee House Press), winner of a 2012 American Book Award, and a Minnesota Book Award, and Real Karaoke People (New Rivers Press), winner of a 2006 PEN/Open Book Award, and an Asian American Literary Award (Members’ Choice).

He is the son of Korean emigrants, his mother originally from what is now North Korea and his father from South Korea, Lee grew up in North Dakota and Minnesota, holds an MFA from Brown University and also attended the University of California—Berkeley, and the University of Minnesota. Other awards of his include grants and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, and National Endowment for the Arts.

In addition to writing poems, short stories, and essays, his plays have been seen at major regional and national theaters including the Guthrie Theater, New York Theater Workshop, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Theater Mu, Taipei Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, and the Walker Art Center.

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