Poetry. A dramatic debut, REAL KARAOKE PEOPLE juxtaposes tradition and pop culture to bridge generations and continents in a way both heart-rending and real. Poems and prose engage readers with vivid and emotional portrayals of immigrant life and scrutinize conceptions of race, class, and ethnicity. Through everything from frank confession to lyric verse, this collection offers an open yet often highly individual account of contemporary America and the aftermath of assimilation. At once nostalgic and critical, REAL KARAOKE PEOPLE offers a gritty, honest, and compelling worldview.
Ed Bok Lee attended kindergarten in South Korea and grew up in North Dakota, and Minnesota. He's studied at the Universities of California-Berkeley, Minnesota, Kazakh State-Almaty, and Brown University, where he earned an MFA in Creative Writing. Among his awards are grants from the Minnesota State Arts BOard, the Loft Literary Center, SASE, the Jerome Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently based in Minneapolis and New York, Lee regularly performs his poetry and writes for theaters across the country.Author City: St. Paul, MN USA