Esteemed authors to read at Banfill-Locke

Another lively evening featuring two accomplished authors is scheduled for Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts monthly reading series Friday, May 11, 7:30 p.m.

Ed Bok Lee, who last month won a Minnesota Books Award in poetry for his book “Whorled,” will read tonight (May 11) as part of Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts monthly Reading Series. Photo courtesy of Dani Werner

Ed Bok Lee, who last month won a Minnesota Books Award in poetry for his book “Whorled,” will read tonight (May 11) as part of Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts monthly Reading Series. Photo courtesy of Dani Werner

Ed Bok Lee, who last month won a Minnesota Book Award for poetry, and Danielle Sosin, who won the 2011 Milkweed National Fiction Prize for her book “The Long-Shining Waters,” will read from their books. Refreshments will be served at the free event.

Matt Rasmussen hosts. Rasmussen recently was selected the 2012 Walt Whitman Award winner by the American Academy of Poets.

“It’s not often that people (in the area) have an opportunity to hear accomplished writers read from their work,” said Lia Rivamonte, Banfill’s executive director. “I think it’s a surprise to other people just how entertaining these writers can be.”

Lee’s first book, “Real Karaoke People,” published in 2005 became a national best-seller in poetry. The book won a PEN/Open Book Award and an Asian American Literary Award.

Lee last month nabbed a Minnesota Book Award in poetry for his second book, “Whorled” (Coffee House Press, 2011).

In a modern era of global citizenry, Lee, through his poetry in the book, “strives to give a voice to those left out with words of loss and longing, confrontation and celebration. From gambling Buddhists at a Midwest Native American casino, to a Russian rave, Lee’s ever-wandering cultural and spiritual nomads struggle to make sense of what it means to be a citizen of an increasingly homeless world,” according to the website www.coffeehousepress.org.

Lee holds a master’s of fine arts degree from Brown University. His work has appeared in journals and anthologies and on stages in North America, Europe and Asia. Also, his work has been aired on public television, the radio and MTV.

Author Danielle Sosin of Duluth is a guest artist who will read from her works at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts. Photo submitted

Author Danielle Sosin of Duluth is a guest artist who will read from her works at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts. Photo submitted

In addition to “The Long-Shining Waters” (Milkweed Editions, 2011), Sosin also penned  “Garden Primitives,” a collection of stories (Coffee House Press, 2000). Her work has been featured in the “Alaska Quarterly Review.” NPR aired her work as part of its Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story and Iowa Public Radio aired her “Live from Prairie Lights.” Sosin lives in Duluth.

Rivamonte invites the public to Banfill-Locke’s May 11 readings to learn more about writing poetry, to hear good story telling and to dialogue with the writers.

Impress your date with how thoughtful and culturally aware you are. And the price is right, she said.

“It’s very inspiring,” Rivamonte said about the series.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com


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