4/12, 4/13 8:00pm | Julayne Lee, Poet, Korean Adoptee
Poem: For My Mother
Loosely based on Denise Duhamel’s Things I Could Never Tell My Mother, it explores the adoptee relationship with the mothers in the adoptee constellation.
Bio: Julayne Lee is an overseas adopted Korean American poet, essayist, artivist, art curator and producer. Her debut collection of poems Not My White Savior (2018, Rare Bird) was on BookTrib’s list A Year of Memories: 15 New Memoirs We Can’t Wait to Read This Year and Bitch Media’s Bitchreads: 15 Books Feminists Should Read in March. Not My White Savior was included in the 2018 Poets House Showcase in New York, their 26th annual exhibition of the nation’s poetry books and was also on Entropy’s Best of 2018: Best Poetry Books & Poetry Collections. A Las Dos Brujas and VONA alum, Julayne’s poetry and writing have been published in Cultural Weekly, Korean Quarterly, The Nervous Breakdown, Portside, Uri Shinmun, Zoom Info Korea and elsewhere. She’s curated readings and hosted writing workshops for adopted people of color across the country. Co-founder of Adoptee Solidarity Korea – Los Angeles (ASK-LA), she also volunteered with the Adoptee Rights Campaign (ARC) to ensure citizenship for all adoptees. Julayne has read and spoken on adoption at universities and symposiums throughout the U.S. & Korea and has an MAEd from Hamline University. When she’s not writing or at a literary event, Julayne enjoys stand up paddleboarding (SUP), travel, films, Korean dramas, wine and cupcakes. @julayneelle www.julaynelee.com