S281. Adopted Korean Women Writers: History Shapes Our Writing Journey

A107-109, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


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 from South Korea.



Leah Silvieus is a Kundiman fellow and books editor at Hyphen magazine. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Anemochory and Season of Dares. Her forthcoming full-length collection, Roughage, was a finalist for the Kundiman, Orison Books, and Agape Editions prizes.

Julayne Lee is the author of the poetry collection Not My White Savior. She is a Community Literature Initiative (CLI) Scholar & a Las Dos Brujas alum. She has spoken on Korean adoption at symposiums and universities in the US and Korea, and hosts writing workshops for adopted people of color.

Dr. SooJin Pate is the author of From Orphan to Adoptee: U.S. Empire and Genealogies of Korean Adoption and Motherloss: A Memoir (forthcoming). Her writings on self-care, African American literature, and Korean adoption have appeared in various journals and anthologies.

Tiana Nobile is a recipient of a 2017 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, the Lucy Grealy Prize for Poetry, and a Kundiman fellowship. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Nobile is the author of the chapbook The Spirit of the Staircase.

Kim Sunée is a former food editor and bestselling author of Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home, which has been translated into Korean, Hebrew, and Chinese. She has also published two cookbooks, A Mouthful of Stars and Everyday Korean.


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