Bethany Carlson is a Korean American adoptee who teaches college writing courses in Connecticut. Her chapbook DIADEM ME was published by Miel Press in 2013.
This November, to recognize and honor National Adoption Awareness Month, I've invited adoptee poet Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello to curate a folio of poems by 10 Asian American adoptees. This page features Bethany Carlson's "The heirloom of womanhood is a brutal crown." I invite you to take a moment to read her moving introduction to the folio here, as well as the other nine poems in this collection.