A Conference, a Website, and a Book

20150311_125506Whew, it’s been a long time since I posted here about what’s going on with me. Here it is March and I’m just finally feeling recovered from the holidays. I always think I’m not making enough progress in this endeavor of writing and advocacy–until I put down what I’ve been up to.

The next big thing coming up on my schedule is the American Adoption Congress Conference, where I’ll be moderating a panel discussion with my adoptee sisters from Lost Daughters on March 28. Ten of us will talk about diverse narratives within the collective adoptee voice. Early-bird registration rates have been extended, so there’s still time to make your plans to meet us in Boston. We’ll also have copies of our anthology on hand and our signing pens ready!

At the end of January, I launched a new website I’ve been working on for some time, called Adoptee Reading Resource. My goal with the site is twofold: to catalog every book written by an adoptee that I can identify and to also list adoption books authored by non-adoptees that adoptees recommend. In other words, it’s an adoptee-centric book site, to enable adoptees–and everyone else–to discover adoptee-centric books. (Yes, I can work in the word “adoptee” a few more times if you’d like.) Now that it’s live, I’m excited to see how it grows.

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Announcing Adoptee Reading Resource: New Website for Books by Adoptees

One of the requirements for my master’s thesis in creative writing was that I compile a list of books pertinent to the thing I was creating, references that might inform either the content or the form of the stories and poems I was writing. My thesis revolved around the lived experiences of adoptees, so I wanted to find published books by and about adoptees.

Have you ever tried searching for adoptee books? If you have, you know that they’re lumped in with the books explaining how to prepare to adopt a child and the books by adoptive parents about raising an adopted child and the books by professionals advising how to deal with an adopted child. Under “adoption” you’ll also find stories of birth parents and accounts of how adoption as a practice began and reports on how adoption as an industry has evolved.

It’s nearly impossible to filter out the adoptee books from the vast number of adoption books sold by major retailers or housed in library systems. Equally impossible is locating the adoptees writing poetry or literary fiction–these works often don’t even make it into the adoption category. I found lists compiled by others who were also interested in adoptee books. A list over here, another list over there–none of them comprehensive. Continue reading “Announcing Adoptee Reading Resource: New Website for Books by Adoptees”

ear-Wonderful-You-2500x1563-Amazon-Smashwords-Kobo-AppleAhead of schedule, the adoptee-authored anthology Dear Wonderful You: Letters to Adopted & Fostered Youth is now available in paperback format!

I’m very grateful to editors Diane Rene Christian and Mei-Mei Akwai Ellerman for inviting me to take part in this project. I hope that this book will find its way into the hands of young people in adoptive and foster homes, so that they will understand that they are not alone and that a great, big world of love and support is available to them.

A unique aspect of this particular book is that it includes contact information for each of the contributors. Adoptees and young people in foster care are welcome to write to us and share their own thoughts and feelings.

We are your sisters and brothers, and we are here for you.

ear-Wonderful-You-2500x1563-Amazon-Smashwords-Kobo-AppleI’m excited to share that the anthology Dear Wonderful You: Letters to Adopted & Fostered Youth is now available for Kindle pre-order. The book will be officially released on November 1.

In preparation for the anthology’s release, I joined the other adult adoptee contributors in recording a promo video in which we talk about the inspiration for our letters and what a book like this would have meant to us when we were younger. The full length video will be released soon; in the meantime, check out this short version:

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