For many transracial adoptees of color, the concept of kinship is complicated. Separated from our birth families, isolated from other adoptees, and growing up in a country that insists on recognizing us as foreigners, finding community can be an enduring challenge. This is why, when four adoptee poets met through Kundiman, they refused to allow distance to get in their way. From New Orleans, LA, Miami, FL, Brooklyn, NY, and a yacht traversing the East Coast, these poets began holding regular gatherings via Google Hangout in order to keep in touch, support each other through challenges, and share personal and literary triumphs and letdowns. These gatherings ultimately evolved into a book club, where they reflect and think critically about how marginalized histories are represented in literature and the role adopted writers play in telling and uplifting adoptee narratives and perspectives. On this panel, we will talk about the significance of our book club as a source of finding kinship, and we will each read a short sample of poems.
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