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Minnesotans Should Go: Poetry Evening at Aslan featuring ED BOK LEE and KRISTIN NACA

This looks pretty awesome.  Thanks for forwarding, Sun Yung Shin.

Dear fellow poets, writers, editors, teachers, artists, lovers of great poetry and great performances — please spread the word about this not-to-be-missed reading this month! It’s my honor and pleasure to curate this event featuring two of my favorite artists. Hope to see you there! – Sun Yung


7:30 pm SATURDAY Jan. 28, 2012; @ Aslan Institute, 4141 Old Sibley Memorial Hwy, Eagan, MN 55122; Free and open to the public (donations welcome to support the reading series and the artists)

* TWO award-winning, nationally recognized poets *
* books for sale *
* open mic (bring a poem or two and sign up to read after the featured poets) *
* wine & refreshments *

About the poets:

ED BOK LEE’s first book, Real Karaoke People, was a national bestseller in poetry, and the winner of a Many Voices Prize, an Asian American Literary Award (Members’ Choice), and a PEN/Open Book Award. Whorled is his second book of poems and prose.

“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


KRISTIN NACA’s book Bird Eating Bird was the 2008 National Poetry Series MTVU Prize Selected by Yusef Komunyakaa. She is a CFD Fellow at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she teaches Asian American and Latino poetry and creative writing. Her poems have appeared in Indiana Review, North American Review, and Rio Grande Review. She lives in Minneapolis.

“Vigorous, self-assured, self-consciously youthful and proudly bilingual, Naca’s debut should get many times the attention afforded most poets’ first books. Poems short and long, made of family anecdotes and (like Neruda’s) of impressionistic lists, poems of remembered place (The Adoration at El Montan, set in San Antonio, Tex.) and poems of sexual joy between women give uncommon variety to the collection, even as Naca’s fast pace, mixed English and Spanish (with bits of Tagalog), and first-person emphasis give it obvious unity. Spanish means there’s another person/ inside you, she remembers her father saying. Poems composed originally in English mix with poems composed in Spanish and printed with her English translations. The next-to-last poem finds Naca in Mexico City, City so high that passion lacks heat… City where I spoke a word of Spanish, and like a spigot, my dreams squeezed shut. She also takes up, repeatedly, her Filipino-American background, the Pittsburgh of her youth, and the wide-open spaces she saw as an optimistic young writer in Nebraska. Chosen for the National Poetry Series’ new mtvU award by Yusef Komunyakaa, the volume might be noticed by young people who may not otherwise purchase poetry but may discover Naca on cable TV.” (Oct.) – Publishers Weekly, Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc



From Minneapolis:

  • take Cedar Ave/77 South, go past the Mall of America, go past the exits for 35E
  • take the Diffley Road exit, turn right onto Diffley
  • turn right at Old Sibley Memorial Hwy (before the gas station), pass the first driveway on your left
  • take a sharp left to continue on Old Sibley Memorial Hwy
  • take a quick left into the parking lot of Aslan Institute–there is a small sign that says “NARNIA”
  • there is easy parking in front and in back/below of the building
  • the reading will be in the common room on the ground level

From St. Paul:

  • take 35E South and take exit 94/Diffley Road, then follow directions above

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