Are you an adoptee/adopted person or foster alum? Have you felt silenced in your family and/or in the adoption and foster discourse? This reception aims to be a safer space, recognizing that while we have shared experiences, the adoption and foster journeys are unique and very individual. Come meet others who would like to shift the narrative and flip the script on a system that has failed far too many. We'll discuss how writing has empowered us to share our truth and navigate the complex emotions of institutions that have historically portrayed only a positive point of view, contributing to the silencing of our voices.
Adopted Korean Women Writers: History Shapes Our Writing Journey (exact date/time TBA)
Overseas adopted Korean American women will read their poetry, memoirs and essays that document their collective experiences. With adoption from South Korea linked to the rights of unwed mothers and also foreign policy including North Korea relations, adopted Korean writers contribute important documentation and discourse to shift the narrative and dialogue and bring attention to the history and current conditions surrounding inter-country adoption (ICA) from South Korea.
Leah Silvieus (poet, Season of Dares) http://leahsilvieus.com/about.html
Tiana Nobile (poet, The Spirit of the Staircase) https://www.tiananobile.com/
SooJin Pate (memoirist and scholar, From Orphan to Adoptee) https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/from-orphan-to-adoptee
Kim Sunee (memoirist, Trail of Crumbs) http://kimsunee.com/
Julayne Lee (poet & essayist, Not My White Savior) http://www.julaynelee.com/
Reading with Jessica Sun Lee, Lee Herrick, Susan Ito, Lisa Marie Rollins and Julayne Lee.
Crossing Korea: Eugenia Kim, Alice Stephens, and Julayne Lee at the Asian American Writers' Workshop (AAWW)
I’ll be reading with Eugenia Kim, author of the novels The Kinship of Secrets (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, November 2018) and The Calligrapher’s Daughter (Holt, Henry & Company, Inc., 2010) and Alice Stephens author of the debut novel Famous Adopted People (Unnamed Press, October 2018).
I’ll be reading with poet Anatalia Vallez!
Healing Through Writing the Unsaid
Our voices matter, yet are often silenced by adoption and/or whiteness and sometimes this occurs within our own adoptive families. 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). No writing experience necessary
WHO: Anyone who identifies as an adopted person of color, indigenous adopted person, or as a racially ambiguous adopted person (18 yrs. and older)
WHEN: Monday September 17th 6:45pm - 8:45pm
COST: FREE for members; $5 suggested donation for non-members
BRING: your own writing materials - paper, notebook, journal and pens, pencils; your own beverages and snacks - writing can make you hungry! an open mind and heart - your voice matters.
RSVP: PM Bianca Kuijper or email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and for questions
"Healing Through Writing the Unsaid" writing workshop for adult adoptees, co-facilitating with Marci Calibretta Cancio-Bello
Rapp Saloon Reading Series First Fridays is proud to feature Poets Conney Williams, Danielle 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
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!
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.