The first Adoptee Literary Festival will be held virtually on Saturday, April 9, 8 a.m. through 10 p.m. (CDT). The purpose of the festival is to highlight writing by adoptees from the perspective of their own experience.
It will feature numerous Korean adoptee writers such as Nicole Chung, author of the memoir All You Could Ever Know, Matthew Salesses, novelist and author of Disappear Doppelganger Disappear. It will also feature poet Lee Herrick, creative writing professor and author of several poetry collections including Scar and Flower (2018), and journalist/activist Stephanie Drenka, both Korean adoptees. The festival will feature the work of many writers who identify as adopted and include panels on novels, memoirs, journalism and literature for young adults.
The sponsorship of PEN America is making it possible for the festival to be free and open to the public. Registration is and more information is at: adopteelitfest.com