Minnesota's Legacy

Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Edward B. Lee AKA Ed Bok Lee
Recipient Type
In Progress
Start Date
January 2019
End Date
December 2019
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017 Regular Session, chapter 91, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To prepare and give three readings and different thematic talks at public library events in three counties in Minnesota. I will keep a journal of feedback I receive from the public library event organizers and audiences, based on what worked well, and what could be improved, toward a fuller, hour-long presentation. 2: To finish twelve new poems toward my fourth manuscript of poetry, and submit them for journal publication. I will evaluate my second project outcome by submitting individual poems for literary journal publication and assessing them per this editorial feedback.

Project Overview

Artist Initiative

Project Details

Lee will give three public readings and focused, thematic talks from his third book of poetry, Mitochondrial Night (2019), at libraries in Elbow Lake, Saint Paul, and Minneapolis. Lee will also complete twelve new poems.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Edward B. Lee AKA Ed Bok Lee
(646) 258-8791
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Uri Camarena: Business consultant, Metropolitan Economic Development Association. Board chair, Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Secretary/Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse: Mayor of Red Wing, elected 2016. Former executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Philip McKenzie, Oboe and English horn player; adjunct oboe faculty, NDSU; Mary McReynolds-Pellinen: Executive director, Lyric Center for the Arts; coordinator, First Stage Gallery; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies.; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund.; Christina Widdess: Arts organization consultant; former managing director, Penumbra Theatre. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Philip Bryant: Professor of English at Gustavus Adolphus; three published books of poetry; Rebecca Fremo: Poet and essayist; professor of English and writing at Gustavus Adolphus; April Gibson: Poet, essayist, author of the chapbook Automation; Michael Kleber Diggs: Poet and essayist; Arts Board grantee; David Mura: Poet, novelist, memoirist; Donna Salli: Writer; retired professor of English at Central Lakes College; Linnea Schluessler: Director, Academic Success Center, Northland Community and Technical College

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Executive director Sue Gens (651) 539-2650