A Ghost at Heart's Edge: Stories and Poems of Adoption

A Ghost at Heart’s Edge: Stories and Poems of Adoption

Sixty short stories and poems reveal the sometimes heartbreaking, often affirming tales of adoption. Written from the point of view of birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees, this unique anthology spans nations and cultures. Includes works by Isabel Allende, Charles Baxter, Edward Hirsch, Alison Lurie, Joni Mitchell, Alberto Rios, Mary TallMountain, Sasha Hom and others.


“A generous and prismatic anthology of short stories and poems. . . As promised, the phantoms of mystery mothers, fathers, children, grandparents, and grandchildren do shimmer between the lines of many short stories and poems, the ghosts of could-have-been, the spirits of what-if. . . A vital and unforgettable reading experience for everyone, whether he or she is part of the adoption plexus of not.”
-Donna Seaman, Hungry Mind Review

Echoes Upon Echoes: New Korean American Writers edited by Elaine H. Kim and Laura Hyun Yi Kang

Echoes Upon Echoes

A fabulous collection of prose and poetry from a new generation of Korean American authors. Grouped into three sets of pairings – arrival/return, dwelling/crossing, descent/flight, all with multiple layers of meaning – the voices within explore both familiar and unfamiliar territory, often with unexpected results.

Review: “New and Notable Books,” AsianWeek, August 1, 2003

TidbitElaine H. Kim was a most informative guest for the Smithsonian’s Korean American Centennial Commemoration‘s fall program, “Literature,” on October 24, 2003.


“Echoes Upon Echoes is evidence that, once again, the news of the demise of the English language is highly exaggerated; it is alive and well—albeit in the midst of fierce transformation and vibrant renewal—in these fine stories and poems by a new generation of Korean American writers. Editors Elaine Kim and Laura Kang should be commended for assembling such an impressive array of unexpectedly diverse and original writings. This anthology once and for all puts to rest the myth that Korean America is a singular experience.”
—Robert Ji-Song Ku, Professor of English and Asian American Studies, City University of New York, Hunter College

InvAsian: Asian Sisters Represent

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InVasian Reviews

“Impressively presented collection…A memorable, rewarding and insightful read, InvAsian is a seminal work…highly recommended contribution to Women’s Studies in general and Asian/American Studies in particular.”
The Midwest Book Review, June 2003

“A fabulous collection…, April 30, 2003

“Busts every stereotype in the book about Asian American women…rich with witty, entertaining, and sometimes heartbreaking essays and poems.”
S.F. Weekly, April 30 – May 6, 2003

This collection of poetry and prose explores the issue of being Asian American and female in the United States.
Filipinas, July 2003


One Big Happy Family

18 Writers Talk About Polyamory, Open Adoption, Mixed Marriage, Househusbandry, Single Motherhood, and Other Realities of Truly Modern Love


Starred review in KIRKUS:

“A moving, wildly diverse collection showing how radically different familial configurations can work.”


These plainspoken, cage-rattling essays, collected by Walker (What Makes a Man), address how dramatically the traditional nuclear family has changed.