Adoptee artists – poetry and writing

Here you will find books and websites of adoptee poets and writers:

Anthologies

Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption (Jane Jeong Trenka, Julia Chinyere Oparah and Sun Yung Shin, Editors)

parenting adoptees
Parenting as Adoptees  (Adam Chau and Kevin Vollmers, Editors)

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Seeds from a Silent Tree: An Anthology by Korean Adoptees (Jo Rankin and Tonya Bishoff, Editors)

Voices From Another Place: A Collection of Works From a Generation Born in Korea and Adopted to Other Countries (Susan Soon-Keum Cox, Editor)

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Memoirs and Personal Essays: 

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Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston – The Declassified Adoptee: Essays of an Adoptee Activist

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Anne Fessler – The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade 

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Antwone FisherFinding Fish

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 Deborah Jiang Stein – Even Tough Girls Wear Tutus: Inside the World of a Woman Born in Prison and Prison Baby

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Jaiya John – Black Baby, White Hands: A View from the Crib

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Jane Jeong Trenka – Fugitive Visions: An Adoptee’s Return to Korea and The Language of Blood

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Jean Strauss – Beneath a Tall Tree

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June Cross – Secret Daughter

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Katy Robinson – A Single Square Picture: A Korean Adoptee’s Search for her Roots

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Kim Sunee – Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love and the Search for Home

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Mei-Ling Hopgood – Lucky Girl: A Memoir

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Patrick McMahon – Becoming Patrick: A Memoir

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Susan Harris O’Connor – The Harris Narratives: An Introspective Study of a Transracial Adoptee

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Susan Ito – A Ghost at Hearts Edge (Editor)

 

Fiction

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Matthew Salesses – The 100 Year FloodI’m Not Saying, I’m Just SayingThe Last Repatriate

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Sun Yung Shin – Cooper’s Lesson (children’s book) 

 

Non-Fiction

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Betty Jean Lifton – Lost and Found: The Adoption Experience and Journey of the Adopted Self: A Quest for Wholeness, and Twice Born: Memoirs of an Adopted Daughter (memoir)

family adoption

Joyce Maguire PavaoThe Family of Adoption

different racisms

Matthew Salesses – Different Racisms

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sibling voices
parent voices

Rhonda Roorda – In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their StoriesIn Their Siblings’ Voices: White Non-Adopted Siblings Talk About Their Experiences Being Raised with a Black and Biracial Brothers or Sisters and In Their Parent’s Voices: Reflections on Raising Transracial Adoptees

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SooJin Pate – From Orphan to Adoption: U.S. Empire and Genealogies of Korean Adoption.

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Susan Devan Harness – Mixing Cultural Identities Through Transracial Adoption: Outcomes of the Indian Adoption Project (1958-1967)

 

Poetry

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Bryan Thao WorraDEMONSTRABARROW,  and On The Other Side Of The Eye

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Hei Kyong Kim, The Translation of Han

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adoption papers

Jackie KayRed Dust Road and The Adoption Papers

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Jennifer Kwon Dobbs – Paper Pavillion

proud sacrifice

Kevin Minh Allen – My Proud Sacrifice

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many miles

Lee Herrick – Gardening Secrets from the Dead and This Many Miles from Desire

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Sun Yung Shin – Rough, and Savage and Skirt Full of Black

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