“The way to learn about a writer is to read the text.”

–Annie Dillard

An Adoptee Lexicon
Raised Voice Press (2018)

A collection of micro essays from the viewpoint of an adult adoptee, presented as an out-of-sequence glossary of adoption terminology, connecting social history with contemporary politics.

“. . . a powerful and searing reminder of the redemptive power of truth.” –Caítriona Palmer

“That we might not know who we truly are . . . is a truth this book embraces and with which it struggles . . .” –Christopher Martin

“. . .soul baring, transparent, and risky . . .” –Betsie Norris

Kind words from Michele Sharpe in Hippocampus Magazine

Kind words from Betsie Norris at Adoption Network Cleveland

Kind words from Paige Adams Strickland


“You Are Beautiful” [essay] in Dear Wonderful You: Letters to Adopted & Fostered Youth edited by Diane Rene Christian and Mei-Mei Akwai Ellerman, PhD (November 2014)

Contributors to Dear Wonderful You Anthology (October 2014)
My segment begins at the 1:58 mark


“I Am an Angry Adoptee” [essay] and “In Search Of” [poem] in Lost Daughters: Writing Adoption From a Place of Empowerment and Peace edited by Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston, Julie Stromberg, Jennifer Anastasi, and myself (March 2014)


“The Letter: A Story” [fiction] in Perpetual Child: Dismantling the Stereotype edited by Diane Rene Christian and Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston (November 2013)

Kind words from jayesbrain, 4/26/14

Kind words from Don’t We Look Alike, 4/9/14

ROS 2013

“Swimming” [poem] in Reach of Song: Georgia Poetry Society’s 2013 Anthology edited by Elizabeth Garcia (June 2013)

“She Writes, Ning, and Niche Social Networks” [chapter] in Social Media in Context: Writers Explore the Marketplace edited by Denae Denton (April 2012)

Cover of Oil and Water anthology

“An Ordinary Difference” [essay] in Oil and Water . . . and Other Things That Don’t Mix edited by Zetta Brown and Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson Brown (December 2010)