IDRIS GOODWIN author of These Are The Breaks

Lisa Brimmer Ed Bok Lee and Guante

Thursday, March 3 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Location At the Loft, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Open Book

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Equilibrium: Spoken Word at the Loft is proud to present:
Idris Goodwin, author of These Are The Breaks
With Lisa Brimmer, Ed Bok Lee, and Guante
Book release performance and celebration
Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m.
At the Loft, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Open Book
Free and open to the public
Co-sponsored by the Givens Foundation for African American Literature

IDRIS GOODWIN is an award-winning playwright, poet, essayist and performer who uses hip hop arts to create original genre defying performances. His widely produced works have been supported by the The National Endowment for the Arts, The Ford Foundation, The National New Plays Network, The Hip Hop Theater Festival and The Illinois Arts Council. What Is They Feedin’ Our Kids?, Idris’ most popular spoken word poem, aired on HBO’s Def Poetry and The Discovery Channel’s Planet Green. Break Beat Poems, his latest hip-hop album, earned praise from The New York Times and National Public Radio and These Are The Breaks, his debut collection of prose, was nominated for a Pushcart Award. Year round, Idris can be found at colleges, K-12 schools, and community organizations across the country promoting cross-cultural literacy and social awareness.

Join us for this special Minneapolis book release for These Are The Breaks. Joining Idris will be special local opening poets Guante, Lisa Brimmer, and Ed Bok Lee.

idris goodwin

Kyle “Guante” Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre is a hip hop artist, spoken-word poet, activist, writer and educator based in Minneapolis, MN. He’s been grand poetry slam champion of Minneapolis, St. Paul and Madison, and is a two-time National Poetry Slam champion (2009 and 2010, St. Paul team).


ED BOK LEE is the author of Real Karaoke People, winner of a PEN Open Book Award. He was raised in South Korea, North Dakota and Minnesota, studied literatures and languages in the U.S., South Korea, Kazakhstan and Russia, and holds an MFA from Brown University. Other awards include an Asian American Literary Award (Members’ Choice), a Many Voices Prize, an Urban Griots Best Book Award, and grants from such foundations as the McKnight, Minnesota State Arts Board, Jerome and National Endowment for the Arts. A former bartender, phys ed instructor, custodian, journalist and translator in over a dozen U.S. states and abroad, Lee has shared his poems across the U.S., Europe and Asia, as well as on public radio and TV, including MTV.

His second book of poems will be published by Coffee House Press in Fall 2011.


Lisa Brimmer is a writer living in Minneapolis. A poet, she has attended the Juniper Institute at U Mass Amherst, in 2009 she was a fellow through the Givens Foundation for African American Literature and in 2010 she received a Many Voices Fellowship from the Playwrights’ center. She works in collaboration with local avant-garde jazz quartet Lulu’s Playground and has performed her poetry in venues across the Twin Cities. Brimmer is also contributing editor for Jassed.com an online jazz magazine. Her poetry has appeared in Konch Magazine and the Summit Avenue. Follow her on twitter @2speakease.



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