|Photo by Simi Kang|
|Bao Phi with his daughter|
This evening, two acclaimed local poets will be giving a reading
sponsored by BIrchbark Books at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Performance poet Bao Phi, author of Sông I Sing
, and Ed Bok Lee, winner of the poetry Minnesota Book Award 2012 for Whorled
, have known each other for many years. For a brief time they even performed slam together. Recently, they released their poetry books together.
"We both work from an urgency," Phi says. "We both love language, and exploring these things about our identity, how we are perceived, and how that fits into the larger scheme of things."
Phi says he's planning to do a mix of new material and excerpts from his book.More »