Real Karaoke People



Lee has read his poems at hundreds venues across the U.S., Europe and Asia, as well as for radio and TV, including MTV.

Recent Featured Poetry events: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - San Francisco, Tufts University, Brown University, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, Korea University, Cite Internationale des Art - Paris, CUNY, Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival, 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, American Swedish Institute, University of Florida, among others.




"If there was a Minnesota spoken word performer who embodied’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."
MN Microphone

"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


This is poetry at its richest. . .[Lee's] words. . . will make your soul sing. . ."

ImaginAsian TV (New York)


"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

Real Karaoke People Book Launch Party, Loft Literary Center, 2005

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"Real Karaoke People shines a spotlight on…immigrants, pre-pubescent adolescents, an ex-porn star…outcasts, dreamers and pretenders—people longing to take on a new identity."—St. Paul Pioneer Press






Sweet Men


Ode to Bruce Lee


American Woods

Urban Griots Award Celebration


Radio MNartists Series feature story and poetry

MPR/NPR - Midmorning Radio Show - hour-long interview and poetry




"'Oh my gawd: 'The Secret to Life in America' will rip through your soul..."

AsianWeek, New and Notable Books


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Book Launch Party, Seoul, South Korea










“His poems are alternately devastating and grandstanding, word-drunk and built for speed. . . . There is another other/ in the other of every/ Another,” goes the opening poem, “All Love Is Immigrant.” It’s a beautiful poem charged with a breathtaking idea. Whorled is a book that believes love is like a superior kind of capital: It’s a force that flows into new markets, sensing absences, and fills them, whether it’s a debased kind of space or an ennobling one.”

—John Freeman, Minneapolis Star Tribune










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