Julayne Lee

Julayne Lee was given up for adoption in South Korea as a result of the Korean War. She was adopted by an all-white Christian family in Minnesota, where she grew up. She has spent over fifteen years working with Overseas Adopted Koreans (OAKs). She lived in Seoul and now resides in Los Angeles, where she is a member of the LA Futbolistas and Adoptee Solidarity Korea - Los Angeles (ASK-LA). She is also part of the Adoptee Rights Campaign working to pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act to ensure all inter-country adoptees have US citizenship. NOT MY WHITE SAVIOR is her first book.



Upcoming Events


L.A. Times Festival of Books: Book Signing

Saturday, April 21, 2018 afternoon
University of Southern California (USC): Rare Bird Books Tent
Los Angeles, CA

Rapp Saloon Reading Series

Friday, June 1, 2018, 8pm
Rapp Saloon
Santa Monica, CA

Not My White Savior by Julayne Lee: Minneapolis Launch

Friday, June 8, 2018, 7pm
Moon Palace Books
Minneapolis, MN

Topanga Library: Loose Lips Reading

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 4pm
Topanga Library

Topanga, CA

Poetry Circus

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 5pm
Griffith Park Observatory
Los Angeles, CA


Past Events

  • Not My White Savior Poetry Reading, Duende District Bookstore, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA. May 20, 2018.
  • Bridgewater International Poetry Festival (BIPF), Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA. May 16 - 20, 2018
  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) Reading, Gatsby's, Long Beach, CA.  May 10, 2018
  • National Poetry Month: Debut Poets, Other Books, Los Angeles, CA. Saturday, April 28, 2018.
  • Book Signing, Rare Bird Books, #075, LA Times Festival of Books, USC, Los Angeles, CA. April 22, 2018.
  • Our Voices (ep. 2): Kaya Press Indie Hot Lit Lounge, LA Times Festival of Books, USC, Los Angeles, CA. April 21, 2018.
  • Planting Roots in New Soil: Poets Discuss Heritage: The World Stage, Los Angeles, CA. Wednesday, April 18.
  • Tuesday Night Cafe: Los Angeles, CA. Tuesday, April 17, 2018.
  •  The Table Reading Series: The Hollywood Hotel, Los Angeles, CA. Sunday, April 15, 2018.
  • Not My White Savior by Julayne Lee: Los Angeles Launch Party. Cielo galleries/studios, Los Angeles, CA. April 11, 2018.
  • Healing Through Writing the Unsaid: Writing Workshop. The Poetry Lab, Long Beach, CA. Thursday, April 5, 2018.
  • Women's History Month Poetry Reading: The Body & Healing. Laurel Bookstore, Oakland, CA, Saturday, March 31, 2018
  • Our Words: Writing Workshop for Adoptees of Color, Korean Center, San Francisco, Saturday, March 31, 2018
  • Natalia Sylvester and Julayne Lee: Reading & Discussion, Alley Cat Books, San Francisco, Friday, March 30, 2018
  • Poetry Reading & Book Signing, City Lit Books, Chicago, Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Our Words: A Writing & Expression Workshop for Adoptees of Color. CIELO galleries/studio. Los Angeles, CA. March 17, 2018.
  • KPCC In-Person Unheard LA - live in Mid-City (ep. 4), Nate Holden Performing Arts  Center, Los Angeles, CA. February 18, 2018
  • Our Words: A Writing & Expression Workshop for Adoptees of Color. CIELO galleries/studio. Los Angeles, CA. February 17, 2018.
  • Our Words: A Writing Workshop for Adopted People of Color. CIELO galleries/studio. Los Angeles, CA. December 16, 2017.
  • Womyn/Trans/Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) Open Mic. The Great Company. Los Angeles, CA. November 8, 2017.
  • Southern California Poetry Festival. Mt San Antonio College. Walnut, CA. October 28, 2017.
  • AKASF 20th Anniversary & IKAA Annual Convention. Hotel Kabuki. San Francisco, CA October 20, 2017.
  • Arts + Advocacy: Citizenship for All Adoptees. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. San Francisco, CA. September 24, 2017.
  • Our Voices: A Reading & Discussion With Adoptees of Color. CIELO galleries/studio. Los Angeles, CA. September 9, 2017.
  • Rapp Saloon Reading Series. Rapp Saloon. Santa Monica, CA. September 1, 2017.
  • Community Literature Initiative (CLI) Presents: The High School Poems. 90x90LA. CIELO galleries/studio. Los Angeles, CA. August 28, 2017.
  • The Window @ A.G. Geiger. A.G. Geiger Fine Art Books. Los Angeles, CA. August 20, 2017.
  • Las Dos Brujas Writers Workshop. San Francisco, CA. August 4, 2017.
  • Bao Phi and Scott Kurashige: A Reading and Discussion. Beyond Baroque. Los Angeles, CA. July 22, 2017.
  • Listen to Your Mother. The Colony Theater. Burbank, CA. May 2, 2017.
  • Remembering the 1992 Los Angeles Riots / Sa | Gu. Beyond Baroque. Los Angeles, CA. April 29, 2017.
  • Bittersweet: The Immigrant Stories. Beyond Baroque. Los Angeles, CA. January 14, 2017.
  • Poetry of Social Justice. Poetry Salon's Social Justice Fall 2016 Writing Workshop. Beyond Baroque. Los Angeles, CA. December 16, 2016.
  • Poetry Salon Fall 2016 Class Reading. December 11, 2016.
  • Poets & Allies for Resistance. The Sidewalk Cafe. Pasadena, CA. July 11, 2016.
  • Community Literature Initiative (CLI) Author Draft. USC. Los Angeles, CA. June 11, 2016.
  • US-Korea Relations Through the Lens of Adopted Koreans. Scripps College. Claremont, CA. December 1, 2015.
  • Korean-American Adoption Community Forum. Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA. August 5, 2014.

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