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VOCES Poetry Feature with Julayne Lee & Michael B. Judkins

  • Duende @ Torpedo Factory 105 North Union Street Alexandria, VA, 22314 United States (map)

Join us at our Torpedo Factory pop-up for a special poetry reading with Julayne Lee & Micahel B. Judkins to celebrate their new collections!

Lee's Not My White Savior: A Memoir In Poems, a provocative and furious book about race, culture, identity and what it means to be an inter-country adoptee in America. Not My White Savior is angry, brilliant, unapologetic, and unforgiving. A vicious ride of a book that is sure to spark discussion and debate.

Judkins' Interlude To Sentimental Me is a collection of emotionally driven poetry that covers the story of pain, tribulations, happiness, self-esteem and self-discovery through love and heartache. 

This event is free & open to the public, but please RSVP here!

About the poets: Julayne Lee was given up for adoption in South Korea as a result of the Korean War. She was adopted by an all-white Christian family in Minnesota, where she grew up. She has spent over fifteen years working with Overseas Adopted Koreans (OAKs). She lived in Seoul and now resides in Los Angeles, where she is a member of the LA Futbolistas and Adoptee Solidarity Korea—Los Angeles (ASK-LA). She is also part of the Adoptee Rights Campaign working to pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act to ensure all inter-country adoptees have US citizenship. This is her first book.

Born in the Bronx, NY, along with his four brothers and sisters, Michael B. Judkins' childhood memories, although bittersweet, provided a rich foundation for him to draw upon later in life as an accomplished author. After spending years immersed in typical, reactive adolescent behaviors, Michael began experimenting with other alternatives to developing new relationships and helping resolve social issues. As he took these first, proactive steps, the germ of the idea for his first book – Introduction to Sentimental Me! – was born. Michael now resides in Allentown, P.A., and welcomes all readers to feel free to contact him at to discuss your reaction to  his work, or learn more about upcoming releases.