"If there was a Minnesota spoken word performer who embodied Rockstardom...it’s Ed Bok Lee. His performance sparked some of the unconscious verbal feedback that spoken word elicits from its audiences, the sort of sighs and shouts that would be heard throughout the evening."
"Whorled enters fearlessly into the chaos of our social, cultural, political, and familial milieu, always with an eye toward finding the beauty among the hard truths of our situations—and fighting for them."
—Rain Taxi Review of Books, Winter 2012
This is poetry at its richest. . .[Lee's] words. . . will make your soul sing. . ."
–ImaginAsian TV (New York)
"Searing honesty. . . outrage and disillusionment. . . .But there is tenderness, too, in his work. . . The vitality of the country, its capacity to absorb the rich and the strange is nowhere clearer. . . "
—San Francisco Chronicle
Since performing his poetry at the Walker
Art Center Out There performance series in 1993, Lee has
featured his poems at over three hundred venues across the
U.S., Europe and Asia, as well as for radio and TV, including
Recent Featured Poetry Readings and Performances:
Korea University, Cite Internationale des Art - Paris, Tufts
University, Brown University, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, CUNY, Carleton College, University of Maryland, University of California
- Davis, St. Olaf College, Knox College, University of Texas
- Austin, University of St. Thomas, Southern Connecticut University,
Macalester College, University of Illinois, University of
Minnesota, St. Cloud State University, Vassar College, University
of Connecticut, Hamline University, Sarah Lawrence College,
University of California - Berkeley, University of Florida,
Real Karaoke People Book Launch Party, Loft Literary Center, 2005