Writing

BOOKS

INCONVENIENT DAUGHTER, forthcoming from Kaylie Jones Books June 2, 2020

Rowan Kelly was adopted from Korea by Irish Catholic parents at three months old. Raised in the suburbs of Long Island, Rowan has struggled to balance her racial and cultural identity. Unable to reconcile the anger and pain from being abandoned and relinquished by her biological mother, Rowan desperately searches for love, placing herself in dangerous situations in the process.

CREATIVE NONFICTION

Echo

Echo

Brooklyn Girl Books, 2019

Based on Sharkey's struggle with weight, "Echo" was included in Women Under Scrutiny: An Anthology of Truths, Essays, Poems, Stories, & Art.

Gogo

Gogo

Asian American Feminist Collective, 2019

Sharkey's essay on the fetishization of Asian Women was selected for inclusion in AAFC's digital storytelling project, First Times.

The Adoptee Journey is Lifelong

The Adoptee Journey is Lifelong

Adoption RSS, 2019

Lauren reflects on her own adoption story and what it means to be an adoptee.

I Have Questions for Bio-Mom

I Have Questions for Bio-Mom

Dear Adoption,, 2018

In this piece, Lauren asks her biological mother for answers to questions in an effort to reconcile the effects of adoption on her life.

What All Survivors Know

What All Survivors Know

Blind Faith Books, 2018

Based on Sharkey's experience with domestic violence, "What All Survivors Know" was selected for inclusion in the I AM STRENGTH collection.

INTERVIEWS

IDENTITY AS A MOVING TARGET, A conversation between authors, Lauren J. Sharkey and ND Chan on Asian American identity, adoption, being queer and being seen.

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