Sasha Hom was adopted from South Korea in 1975 and grew up in Berkeley, California in a Chinese American family from Oakland. She is married to a composer, has three daughters who were both born beneath the surface of the water as only they, and the late Pit bull, “Abuki” looked on.
Education: Blue Fairyland (communist pre-schoool); Emerson (k-3); Malcolm X (4-6); Willard Jr. High School (7-8); Bishop O’dowd (9-10); Maybeck (11-12); Brown University; UCBerkeley, Vista, Laney, Merrit, Mills College (BA)
Employment: Dog walker (1993-2004) walked Elaine Kim’s Jindos, June Jordan’s rescue, Tracy Chapman’s bass player’s mutt, Wendy Tokuda’s Shiba Inu, and assisted in the training of Cyril Magnum’s (of I Magnum’s) elderly small dog (appeared as Toto) for a production of Beach Blanket Babylon back in the 80’s. House cleaner; nanny; host at a Japanese restaurant in Portland, Maine; cook for a Korean woman at a gourmet restaurant on Peaks Island, Maine; Caviar packer; Stay at Home Mom, Traveler
Places lived: South Korea; Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, Marin Headlands, Richmond, Forestville, Sebastopol, Gualala, Davis, CA; Peaks Island, ME, an ’89 Honda Civic Wagon, and most recently, a 15-passenger, 1996 Diesel Ford Van with husband, eldest daughter, and one in utero, while traveling across the U.S. and Canada a couple of times, sleeping in hammocks hung from the seatbelt bolts (westbound), on a foam bed atop a frame of bamboo poles (eastbound), pounding cabbage at rest stops for sauerkraut, while hauling over 250 gallons of waste vegetable oil filtered and poured into a separate tank.
Current Projects: Myth of Ten Thousand Things is a collaboration with husband, Dylan Bolles performed with children in tow. It is a performance of family about Korean birth mothers, adoptees and their daughters; surfing, train hopping, nomadism and giving birth. It draws from American folk music traditions, P’ansori-a traditional Korean sung storytelling form, Buddhism and other ways of conveying story.
Living in an intentional community on 300 acres with farm animals while trying to write books with three kids.
Publications: One Big Happy Family: 18 Writers Talk About Polyamory, Open Adoption, Mixed Marriage, Househusbandry, Single Motherhood, and Other Realities of Truly Modern Love, edited by Rebecca Walker (Riverhead Books, 2009); A Ghost at Heart’s Edge: Stories and Poems of Adoption, edited by Susan Ito and Tina Cervin (North Atlantic Books); Echoes Upon Echoes: New Korean American Writings, by Elaine Kim and Laura Hyun Kang (Asian American Writers Workshop); InvAsian: Growing up Asian and Female in the United States by Evelyn Rodriguez (Study Center Press); Journal of Korean Adoption Studies. Also on mamazine.com, literarymama.com, kwelijournal.org