Julayne Lee is an overseas adopted Korean American poet, essayist, artivist, producer, art curator, occasional blogger and Futbolista. Inspired by the pan-Asian spoken word groups Mongrel and I Was Born With Two Tongues and the APIA Spoken Word and Poetry Summit, writing has long been a means of survival and empowerment for her. She has read in Seoul, South Korea and throughout the US including the Southern California Poetry Festival, the Bridgewater International Poetry Festival and the shows Listen to Your Mother - Burbank and KPCC In-Person's #UnheardLA (ep. 4). As part of Writ Large Press’ #90X90LA in 2017, she hosted the first ever reading with adopted people of color in Los Angeles and hosted a monthly writing & expression workshop, Healing Through Writing the Unsaid, for those who identify as adopted POC or racially ambiguous adopted people. She has also hosted this workshop in San Francisco and MN and is taking it to NYC in September.
Her poems and writing have been published or are forthcoming in several journals including Cultural Weekly, Korean Quarterly, The Nervous Breakdown, Portside, Uri Shinmun, Zoom Info Korea, ILDA South Korean Feminist Journal (bilingual) and The Alliance for the Study of Adoption & Culture 2018 Special Issue. Julayne’s debut collection of poems Not My White Savior 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.
Julayne is a Community Literature Initiative scholar (CLI) and a Las Dos Brujas and Voices of Our Nation Arts (VONA) Foundation alum. She has a B.S. in Mathematics Education and an M.A.Ed. with an emphasis in Curriculum & Instruction. Julayne is co-founder of Adoptee Solidarity Korea – Los Angeles (ASK-LA) and has spoken on adoption at universities and symposiums in the US and Korea. She has also worked with the Adoptee Rights Campaign (ARC) working to ensure all inter-country adoptees have US citizenship.When she's not writing or at a literary event, she enjoys stand up paddle boarding (SUP), travel, films, Korean dramas and sampling cupcakes at the local coffee shop.
Photographer: Somlit (Facebook Page: Somlit)
Location: Los Angeles
Event: The Great Mic