Approximately 7 million Americans are adopted, and just as every family is unique, every adoption experience is unique. When stories are told about adoption, we tend to focus on the experiences of adoptive parents, but adoptees have their own important stories to share.

On this episode of Talk about Iowa, host Charity Nebbe interviews two adoptees who have shared their experiences. Sara Easterly has written a book about her adopted life titled looking for mom and was inspired to create an opportunity for adoptees from different backgrounds to connect and share their voices. Easterly founded Adoptee Voices to support this type of storytelling, and she hosts writing groups for adoptees.

Also in the conversation, Zhen E Rammelsberg is also adopted and wrote the award-winning play Black Box: choreography of an adoption story. She is also co-host of Sick and Tired 2.0, a health promotion podcast. Rammelsberg joined one of the Adoptee Voices writing groups and found it to be a powerful experience.

Later in the episode, poet Ko Ko Thett talks about his new book Bamboophobia: bilingual in Burmese and English.

Guests:

  • Zhen Rammelsbergplaywright, writer Black Box: choreography of an adoption story and co-host of Sick and Tired 2.0
  • East Sarafounder of Adoptee Voices, author of Finding Mom: A Memoir
  • Ko Ko Thettpoet, author of Bamboophobia: bilingual in Burmese and English