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Julayne Lee

Rare Bird Lit
Poet
San Francisco
Julayne Lee is an overseas adopted Korean American poet, essayist, artivist, art curator and producer. Her debut collection of poems Not My White Savior (2018, Rare Bird) was on BookTrib’s list A Year of Memories: 15 New Memoirs We Can’t Wait to Read This Year and Bitch Media's Bitchreads: 15 Books Feminists Should Read in March. Not My White Savior was included in the 2018 Poets House Showcase in New York, their 26th annual exhibition of the nation’s poetry books. A Las Dos Brujas and VONA alum, Julayne's poems and writing have been published or are forthcoming in several journals including Cultural Weekly, Korean Quarterly, The Nervous Breakdown, Portside, Uri Shinmun, Zoom Info Korea and The Alliance for the Study of Adoption & Culture 2018 Special Issue. Co-founder of Adoptee Solidarity Korea – Los Angeles (ASK-LA), she also volunteered with the Adoptee Rights Campaign (ARC) to ensure citizenship for all adoptees. She’s read and spoken on adoption at universities and symposiums throughout the U.S. & Korea and now splits her time between the San Francisco bay area and Los Angeles. When she's not writing or at a literary event, Julayne enjoys stand up paddleboarding (SUP), travel, films, Korean dramas and cupcakes. @julayneelle www.julaynelee.com