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.


RAPP SALOON READING SERIES
Jun
1
8:30 PM20:30

RAPP SALOON READING SERIES

Rapp Saloon Reading Series First Fridays is proud to feature Poets Conney WilliamsDanielle Mitchell, Julayne Lee (JE Lee), and Musician Weston Cann at our Friday, June 1, 2018 event! Host: Cynthia Alessandra Briano. +OPEN MIC (Sign up: 8-8:30pm.) Reading Begins: 8:30pm. Free. Reception with book signing and refreshments to follow!

Join us for a night of poetry, literature, music, theater, comedy, and dance at the historic Rapp Saloon in Santa Monica! Share your words and music for the Open Mic! All voices and arts welcome. You are welcome to contribute something to the refreshments table. Parking directly across the street at Parking Structure #6 or take the Metro Expo Line to Downtown Santa Monica Station. Great thanks to HI Los Angeles Santa Monica Hostel for hosting us! www.rappsaloon.org Twitter: @RappSaloon, Instagram: rappsaloon

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Planting Roots in New Soil: Poets Discuss Heritage
Apr
18
8:00 PM20:00

Planting Roots in New Soil: Poets Discuss Heritage

  • The World Stage Art, Education & Performance Gallery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a powerful poetry reading on topics surrounding immigration, adoption, heritage and learning to live in a new country while maintaining roots.
The readings will be performed by Erika Ayón (Author of Orange Lady), Alyssa Matuchniak (Author of Small Wars, Little Revolutions), and Julayne Lee (Author of Not My White Savior).

Q&A session and book signings to follow!

You won't want to miss this night!

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The Table | A Cocktail & Reading Series
Apr
15
2:30 PM14:30

The Table | A Cocktail & Reading Series

The Table Reading Series is a collection of twelve reading events. Held once per month, for twelve months, each event will be as diverse as the writers who host and imagine them, paired with exclusive cocktails only served at Route 66 Bar and Lounge!

Executive produced by Natashia Deón, series’ hosts will be invited to create and curate a reading event that will consists of no more than six readers and will be as diverse in subject matter as it is in contributors. The hosts will be given an event space and will create a theme for their assigned evening. Curators who are new to planning readings, will be mentored through the process from time management, budgeting and basic costs, to creating promotional materials, inviting readers and guests, working with volunteers, and more.

The goal of The Table is to help raise up the next generation of writers and readers to be actively engaged in the writing community; to invest in them, give them a space to begin, to reach new or estranged writers in Los Angeles, and to provide fresh outlets for writers and fans to engage and contribute to the vibrancy of the Los Angeles literary community.

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Women's History Month Poetry Reading: The Body & Healing
Mar
31
6:30 PM18:30

Women's History Month Poetry Reading: The Body & Healing

In recognition of Women's History Month we celebrate women poets. Bay area and SoCal authors will come together for an evening of poetry focusing on the body and healing. 

Books will be available for purchase at Laurel Bookstore

630pm: arrive, buy books
7pm: reading
8pm: author signing

Authors:

Kira Allen
Natalie J. Graham
Julayne Lee
Janice Sapigao

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Our Words: Writing Workshop for Adoptees of Color
Mar
31
1:30 PM13:30

Our Words: Writing Workshop for Adoptees of Color

Healing Through Writing the Unsaid

After Our Voices: A Reading and Discussion with Adoptees of Color hosted by Writ Large Press during #90x90LA at CIELO, we’ll continue with a series of writing & expression workshops. Launched in Los Angeles in December 2017, we're bringing the workshop to San Francisco!

Our voices matter yet are often silenced by adoption and/or whiteness and sometimes this occurs within our own adoptive families. The holidays are behind us but there may be residue to process. Through writing & discussion, we’ll reflect on our journeys as adopted people of color and how we navigate our identities. You’ll have the opportunity to share your writing with others in the workshop if you so choose (sharing is optional). 

What: writing & expression workshop with the intent to empower and validate our experiences as adopted people
Who: anyone who identifies as an adopted person of color, indigenous adopted person or as a racially ambiguous adopted person, no writing experience necessary (18 yrs. and older)
Where: Korea Center, 1362 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 914109
When: Saturday, March 31, 130 - 330pm
Cost: FREE
Bring: your own writing materials - paper, notebook, journal and pens, pencils, 
your own beverages and snacks - writing can make you hungry! (tap water available)
an open mind and heart - your voice matters :)

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Natalia Sylvester & Julayne Lee: A Reading & Discussion
Mar
30
7:00 PM19:00

Natalia Sylvester & Julayne Lee: A Reading & Discussion

Join authors Natalia Sylvester (Everyone Knows You Go Home) and Julayne Lee (Not My White Savior) for a reading and discussion. This is Sylvester’s 2nd Novel and Lee’s debut collection of poems. Books will be available for purchase at Alley Cat Books.  The authors will sign books after the reading and discussion.

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Our Words: A Writing & Expression Workshop for Adoptees of Color
Mar
17
1:00 PM13:00

Our Words: A Writing & Expression Workshop for Adoptees of Color

Healing Through Writing the Unsaid

After Our Voices: A Reading and Discussion with Adoptees of Color hosted by Writ Large Press during #90x90LA at CIELO, we’ll continue with a series of writing & expression workshops. Our voices matter yet are often silenced by adoption and/or whiteness and sometimes this occurs within our own adoptive families. The holidays are behind us but there may be residue to process. Through writing & discussion, we’ll reflect on our journeys as adopted people of color and how we navigate our identities. You’ll have the opportunity to share your writing with others in the workshop if you so choose (sharing is optional). 

What: writing & expression workshop with the intent to empower and validate our experiences as adopted people
Who: anyone who identifies as an adopted person of color, indigenous adopted person or as a racially ambiguous adopted person, no writing experience necessary (18 yrs. and older)
Where: CIELO galleries/studio, 3201 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, California 90011
When: Saturday, March 17, 1 - 3pm
Cost: FREE (donations appreciated to support the venue)
Bring: your own writing materials - paper, notebook, journal and pens, pencils, 
your own beverages and snacks - writing can make you hungry! (tap water available)
an open mind and heart - your voice matters :)

Parking: Free street parking on 32nd, Maple Ave and all adjacent streets. Please do not park inside the pink/purple car lots - they belong to the swapmeet and you will be towed.
Accessibility: Cielo has a ramp entrance for people who do not use steps (there are three steps to get to the main level)
Bathrooms: gender neutral

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Our Words: A Writing & Expression Workshop for Adoptees of Color
Feb
17
2:00 PM14:00

Our Words: A Writing & Expression Workshop for Adoptees of Color

Healing Through Writing the Unsaid

After Our Voices: A Reading and Discussion with Adoptees of Color hosted by Writ Large Press during #90x90LA at CIELO, we’ll continue with a series of writing & expression workshops. Our voices matter yet are often silenced by adoption and/or whiteness and sometimes this occurs within our own adoptive families. The holidays are behind us but there may be residue to process. Through writing & discussion, we’ll reflect on our journeys as adopted people of color and how we navigate our identities. You’ll have the opportunity to share your writing with others in the workshop if you so choose (sharing is optional). 

What: writing & expression workshop with the intent to empower and validate our experiences as adopted people
Who: anyone who identifies as an adopted person of color, indigenous adopted person or as a racially ambiguous adopted person, no writing experience necessary (18 yrs. and older)
Where: CIELO galleries/studio, 3201 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, California 90011
When: Saturday, February 17, 2 - 4pm
Cost: FREE (donations appreciated to support the venue)
Bring: your own writing materials - paper, notebook, journal and pens, pencils, 
your own beverages and snacks - writing can make you hungry! (tap water available)
an open mind and heart - your voice matters :)

Parking: Free street parking on 32nd, Maple Ave and all adjacent streets. Please do not park inside the pink/purple car lots - they belong to the swapmeet and you will be towed.
Accessibility: Cielo has a ramp entrance for people who do not use steps (there are three steps to get to the main level)
Bathrooms: gender neutral

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Our Words: A Writing Workshop for Adopted People of Color
Dec
16
2:00 PM14:00

Our Words: A Writing Workshop for Adopted People of Color

Healing Through Writing the Unsaid

After Our Voices: A Reading and Discussion with Adoptees of Color hosted by Writ Large Press during #90x90LA at CIELO this summer, we’ll continue with a series of writing workshops. Our voices matter yet are often silenced by adoption and/or whiteness and sometimes this occurs within our own adoptive families. As we are in the midst of the holiday season, family dynamics can bring up conflicting thoughts and emotions. Through writing, we’ll reflect on our journeys as adopted people of color and how we navigate our identities. You’ll have the opportunity to share your writing with others in the workshop if you so choose (sharing is optional). 

What: writing workshop with the intent to empower and validate our experiences as adopted people
Who: anyone who identifies as an adopted person of color, indigenous adopted person or as a racially ambiguous adopted person, no writing experience necessary (18 yrs. and older)
Where: CIELO galleries/studio, 3201 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, California 90011
When: Saturday, December 16, 2 - 4pm
Cost: FREE (donations appreciated to support the venue)
Bring: your own writing materials - paper, notebook, journal and pens, pencils
your own beverages and snacks - writing can make you hungry! (tap water available)
an open mind and heart - your voice matters :)

Parking: street parking is available
Accessibility: there are three steps to get to the main level
Bathrooms: gender neutral

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Womyn/Trans/Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) Open-Mic
Nov
8
7:30 PM19:30

Womyn/Trans/Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) Open-Mic

Q. Who can participate in this open-mic?
A. Only those who identify as womyn, trans, and gender-non-conforming/non-binary individuals will be able to sign up for the open-mic. Cisgender* men are invited to be in the audience, listen and learn.

Q. So if I'm a guy, should I stay home that day?
A. No way! Cisgender men are invited to be in the audience and support. This is what allyship looks like. 

All interested womyn, trans, and GNC folks are invited to sign-up for the open-mic. Priority will be given to first-timers to Our Mic. Bring your music, poetry, fiction, dance, comedy or whatever means of expression you’d like to share (no particular theme as the theme is YOU!).

*Cisgender: Relating to a person whose gender identity aligns with what they were assigned at birth.

Bathrooms: The venue has gender-neutral bathrooms.

Accessibility: There are three steps at the entrance of the building and once inside there is an elevator to the 2nd floor open-mic space.

Parking: Entrance is in the back alley parallel to Bay Street. Parking in the alley is limited but plenty of street parking will be available. 

Flyer design by Camari
Thanks to the L.A. Futbolistas and all the Left Wing futbol family for the inspiration because "If we want to change the world, we have to change the way we play.”

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Southern California Poetry Festival
Oct
28
to Oct 29

Southern California Poetry Festival

  • Mt. San Antonio College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The SoCalPoFest is an annual poetry festival that relocates each year to a different Southern California community. The festival's "theme" will change from year to year. For 2017, our second annual, the event will feature themed readings and workshops. The SoCalPoFest is dedicated to preserving the diversity of voices within our community, and this diversity extends across cultural lines and lines related to schools of poetic thought. We want to hear poetry from all who make a practice of it, regardless of poetic affiliation or cultural group. This is how we come to understand and appreciate varying experiences and modes of thought. 

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Arts + Advocacy: Citizenship for All Adoptees
Sep
24
11:00 AM11:00

Arts + Advocacy: Citizenship for All Adoptees

  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come support adoptees without citizenship! Join us for an exhibit, silkscreen poster-making, presentations, poetry readings and more. Bring your friends, families and allies to this day of public events.

THE EVENT

11am-6pm: Create silkscreened posters to show support for adoptee citizenship
(YBCA room: Sanctuary Print Shop)

11am-6pm: Access the #CitizenshipForAllAdoptees exhibit, adoptee stories, and learning materials. 
(YBCA room: Party of Migrant People's Assembly)

2pm-6pm: Speakers, poetry, community conversation
(YBCA room: Party of Migrant People's Assembly)
• Arts for Advocacy by HyunJu Chappell
• Overview by Adoptee Rights Campaign
• Two adoptees without citizenship share their experiences
• Poetry reading by Lee Herrick, Fresno Poet Laureate, Emeritus
• Poetry reading by Julayne Elle, Las Dos Brujas Writers’ Workshop alum
• Historical context by a team led by Adoption Museum Project
• Break-out discussion in groups and share-back
• Action steps and networking

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Rapp Saloon Reading Series
Sep
1
8:30 PM20:30

Rapp Saloon Reading Series

Rapp Saloon First Fridays Reading Series presents three Featured Speakers and a night of Poetry, Prose, Music, Theater, Dance, and Comedy, in the oldest historical building in Santa Monica--the Rapp Saloon. Free and open to the public. You are welcome to contribute something to the refreshments table. 

Bring your work (two poems or five minutes, whichever comes first) for the Open Mic--Sign up at 8pm. All arts welcomed. Reading begins at 8:30pm.

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Bao Phi and Scott Kurashige: A Reading and Discussion
Jul
22
6:00 PM18:00

Bao Phi and Scott Kurashige: A Reading and Discussion

Bao Phi, author of Song I Sing (poetry):  Thousand Star Hotel  http://coffeehousepress.org/shop/thousand-star-hotel/

          Bio: Bao Phi is a two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist whose poems and essays are widely published in numerous publications including Screaming Monkeys, Spoken Word Revolution Redux, and the 2006 Best American Poetry anthology. His first book of poems, Song I Sing, is widely taught in classrooms across the United States and garnered a positive review from the New York Times. His second collection of poems, Thousand Star Hotel, will also be published by Coffee House Press on July 5, 2017. His first children’s book, A Different Pond, illustrated by Thi Bui, will be published by Capstone Press in August of 2017, and has already received three starred reviews: from Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, and Booklist.

Check out audio and video of Bao's poetry here  http://www.baophi.com/in/poetry/performances/ 

 

Scott Kurashige:  The Fifty-Year Rebellion: How the Political Crisis Began in Detroit  http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520294912

          Bio:  Scott Kurashige is Professor of American & Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington Bothell. His prior books include The Shifting Grounds of Race: Black and Japanese Americans in the Making of Multiethnic Los Angeles (2008) and The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century with Grace Lee Boggs (2011).

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Listen to Your Mother
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Listen to Your Mother

We were honored to hear 41 brilliant, touching, beautiful stories through the audition process and are grateful to everyone who shared their words and hearts with us last month. The 13 stories that we’re bringing to the stage on May 2nd are powerful and poignant. They’ll make you laugh and make you glad you brought tissues (bring tissues.)

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Remembering the 1992 Los Angeles Riots / Sa I Gu
Apr
29
4:00 PM16:00

Remembering the 1992 Los Angeles Riots / Sa I Gu

*This event is made possible with the generous support of Beyond Baroque. http://www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Parking: free parking lot behind the Pacific Resident theater at 701-1/2 Venice Blvd (park behind theater & walk to Beyond Baroque), street parking also available

Bibimbap (Korean rice bowl with vegetables) will be provided. Please bring a dish of your choice, or one of the following according to your 1st name:
A-F: entrée
G-L: salad, side dish
M-R: dessert
S-Z: drinks

History: On March 3, 1991, after a high-speed car chase, Rodney King was beaten by four LAPD officers. Videotape of the beating was obtained by KTLA and portions of the video were shown around the world. On March 16, 1991, Latasha Harlins, a 15 year old African American girl, was shot in the back of the head by Soon Ja Du 두순자, a 51 year old Korean shop owner. Du was convicted of voluntary manslaughter. She was fined $500, five years probation, 400 hours community service but served no prison time for the murder of Latasha Harlins.

On Wednesday, April 29, 1992, an almost all white jury in Ventura County acquitted all four LAPD officers in the beating of Rodney King. Over five days, the 1992 LA Riots would claim over 60 lives, ten of whom were shot by law enforcement officials. In addition, there was approximately $400M in damage to Korean-owned businesses.

*According to Denise Harlins, Latasha Harlin’s aunt, Latasha was the center of the family with a passion to live. Latasha attended Westchester High School and planned to be an attorney because of the injustice to her mother who was murdered in 1985. The murderer was sentenced to five years in prison.

A timeline of events including video of the beating of Rodney King and the reading of the verdict are included here in the April 28, 2016 LA Times piece “The LA Riots: 24 Years Later.” http://timelines.latimes.com/los-angeles-riots/ 

The exhibit "No Justice, No Peace: LA 1992" is open through August 27 at the California African American Museum. Admission is FREE.http://www.caamuseum.org/web_pages/current_exhibitions_la1992.htm

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