what my family lacks in documents we make up / in ghosts my brother and i / born with milk instead of U.S. birth certificates / a mirror in my mother’s wallet where her license / should be / what difference is there between / an operating room or a detention / center if we always end up in asylum / between delivery or deliverance / if blood is always going / to be lost / someone says they saw me walk out of a woman / once and haven’t seen me since
— from ORIGIN STORY
yujane chen (they/she) is a queer, disabled, non-binary Taiwanese im/migrant alien & child of diaspora. they are an alum of Brave New Voices 2017 & Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture 2017. a Bay Area transplant by way of southern California, they are currently working towards a B.A. in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, where they are a student organizer for poets & underrepresented communities of color on campus. she serves as an Emerging Poet Mentor with Youth Speaks.