Our Voices: A Reading & Discussion with Adoptees of Color
Sa 9/9 @ 3PM

Location: CIELO galleries/studio, 3201 Maple Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90011

Produced & Curated by: Julayne Lee

Adoptees of color share unique experiences. Some of us have crossed borders of both geography and race as well as family and identity. Join us for a unique poetry reading with four adoptees of color followed by a short Q & A discussion.


Michael Datcher
Yun-Sook Navarre
Lynne Thompson
Julayne Elle

Michael Datcher: Dr. Michael Datcher did his undergraduate work at UC Berkeley, his Masters at UCLA and his Ph.D at the UC Riverside in English Literature. He is the author the East St. Louis historical novel AMERICUS and the critically-acclaimed New York Times Bestseller RAISING FENCES—a TODAY SHOW BOOK CLUB Book of the Month pick. The film rights were originally optioned by actor Will Smith’s Overbrook Productions, who hired Datcher to write the screenplay. He is co-editor of TOUGH LOVE: The Life and Death of Tupac Shakur. Datcher’s play SILENCE was commissioned by and premiered at the Getty Museum. He is co-host of the weekly public affairs news magazine BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE on 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles. His writing is widely anthologized, including appearances in the volumes What Makes A Man (Penguin), Brown Sugar 3(Simon Schuster), Soulfires (Penguin), Testimony (Beacon Press), Another City (City Lights), and Body and Soul (Crown), among others. He has curated and/or presented his work at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hammer Museum and other art institutions. Datcher is the former Executive Director of The World Stage, a literary and jazz education and performance nonprofit in Los Angeles’ Crenshaw District. He is Editor of THE TRUTH ABOUT THE FACT: International Journal of Literary Nonfiction. Datcher is on the faculty of Loyola Marymount University’s English Department.

Yun-Sook Navarre: Born in Seoul, Yun-Sook Navarre is an Associate Clinical Social Worker at the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team working towards licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Her work has been published and performed throughout Korea and the US by the Korean Quarterly, Social Work Perspectives, Korean Overseas Foundation, SEEDS Sisters of Color, Watermelon Sushi, International Examinator and the Korea Times. This spring she was a featured poet at Tuesday Night Cafe. Film and radio credits include Color Blind, Vincent Who?, Adopted, Made in Korea, LA 18, and KPFK. She has been a panelist, moderator, speaker & facilitator for the LAUSD, Detroit Public Schools, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Pomona College, LAPD, Alhambra Public Schools, San Francisco City College, Welfare Research & Evaluation Conference, Lutheran Social Services, Global Overseas Adoptees’ Link (G.O.A.’L.), Korean American Adoptive Family Network, Korean Center Inc, APIA Spoken Word & Poetry Summit, UCLA and USC.

Lynne Thompson: Winner of the Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize in 2016 and an IndividualArtist Fellowship from the City of Los Angeles for 2015-16, poet Lynne Thompson is the author of Start With a Small Guitar and Beg No Pardon, winner of the Perugia Book Award and the Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in Ecotone, Prairie Schooner, African American Review, Crab Creek Review, Poetry, as well as the anthology Nasty Women Poets, An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse. Thompson is Reviews and Essays Editor of the literary journal, Spillway.