Adoptee artists – poetry and writing

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


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








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

parenting adoptees






Pieces of Me: Who Do I Want To Be? Voices For and By Adopted Teens (Robert Ballard, Editor)

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

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





Memoirs and Personal Essays: 

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







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







Antwone FisherFinding Fish







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







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







Jean Strauss – Beneath a Tall Tree







June Cross – Secret Daughter







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







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







Mei-Ling Hopgood – Lucky Girl: A Memoir

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Patrick McMahon – Becoming Patrick: A Memoir

becoming patrick






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)

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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)



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)

lost and found

twice born







Joyce Maguire PavaoThe Family of Adoption

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Matthew Salesses – Different Racisms

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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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sibling voices

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







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





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









Hei Kyong Kim, The Translation of Han







Jackie KayRed Dust Road and The Adoption Papers

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Jennifer Kwon Dobbs – Paper Pavillion

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Kevin Minh Allen – My Proud Sacrifice

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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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