announcement: first literary publication launched today! read it here.

I’m thrilled to share that my first literary piece, “the lucky ones” is now live in Tilde: A Literary Journal’s inaugral issue! I’m proud to see my work featured alongside some incredibly powerful poetry and prose.

Read it here: Tilde: A Literary Journal Tilde: A Literary Journal
And order a print copy here (support indie presses!):  Thirty West Publishing

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Excerpt:

In the time it took my mother to let me go, summer never changed to fall. Less than two months after her heart beat for mine, I became her living ghost.

We floated in parallel worlds, sharing blood, sharing tissue, the space between us widening with each infant’s longing wail.  For nine months I heard her whispers and felt her lies, love, and tears. And then she left me.

For six months after her face dissolved into a foggy memory, I was no one’s daughter. I was someone’s lament, someone’s case number, a stranger’s hope. But for a few brief moments in my frenetic early life, I lurked in a shadowy limbo where unwanted children go to wait.


Tonight is the launch party and yours truly is a featured reader. Thank you for ALL of your support and I can’t wait to keep growing with you!tildereleasepartyad

announcement: first published literary work!

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Hello loyal readers!

March has arrived (well, it’s been here and I’m a little late) and I’m excited to announce that my first literary work, the lucky ones, will be published this month!

I’ll be sharing an excerpt of the (very) short piece later this month.

I’ve also been asked to read it at the journal’s launch party!

Thank you SO much for all of your support. Most of my online work is adoption-related, but my true passion lies for creative non-fiction.

Love you all and keep reading and sharing. Without you, I wouldn’t be able to push forward.

new column: book reviews!

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Adoptees are constantly searching for meaning, greedily looking for validation, for someone or something to provide insight into their lifelong condition that remains hidden by misconceptions and deceptions. Seeking solace in each other’s communities, then, offers a respite from the constant ache.

It’s understandable. Even still, I firmly embrace the perspective of non-adoptees, as these people—far be they removed from our situation—occasionally overturn my own prejudices and keep me out of the adoption fishbowl.

I’ve also found a slightly bleak pattern in adoption writing. Despite our best intentions, the collective weight of our voices echoes mostly among ourselves. Some of our words carry, but many of them remain shared between each other and don’t reach the audiences who really need to hear us.

It’s for this reason that, starting this week, I’ll be periodically reviewing books that touch on life’s perplexing relationship with loss, touching upon grievously bare nerves. I’ll weave into the book’s review the association with adoption’s pain, showing others that our suffering is universal. If we—adopted or not—identify with those feelings, we’re one step closer to convincing others that our struggle is real.

Why books?

Books have always been my solace. Books, the consolation prize for a solitary life, are always there. I polish off a novel or non-fiction work every week or two and enjoy short stories and flash pieces on the daily.

I want to share this with you. I want for you to find a piece of literature that keeps you up at night and makes you better understand why key players in our lives enacted so many unintentional wrongs.  The beauty of literature is its ability to speak to many people in different ways, at any time of their lives.

For non-adoptees, I offer books as our olive branch, inviting each other to witness our inner battles. A truce, I suppose, of words.

Feel free to share this post or suggest your favorite books in the comments.

 

news: a new medium for my medium

Hey all! As if you couldn’t get enough of me, I’m publishing over at Medium in addition to maintaining blog posts here. Those articles are a bit different than on this site so I hope you enjoy them.

As always, feel free to share and comment. I always love your feedback.

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Take a look at my first two pieces:

Five Potential Side Effects of Transracial Adoption
Because families aren’t born from rainbows and unicorn sh*t

Why I Can’t Pick a Side in the Adoption Debate (Right Now)
AKA Please Don’t Attack Me Yet

Like this? Want more? So do I! Find out about my upcoming ventures on my Patreon page!