204 Jan Beatty


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Today I’m talking with Jan Beatty, poet, professor, and the author of the recently released memoir, American Bastard. We talk about how Jan wants to disrupt the traditional narrative, what she calls the “whitewashed” view of adoption. What happens when you publicly name your hockey-famous biological father, even after he denies your paternity claim? We even get to hear a reading from American Bastard, and it is so powerful it certainly made me tear up.

Full Show Notes Here Show Notes Recommended Resources
  • American Bastard by Jan Beatty
  • The Body Wars by Jan Beatty (and other books of poetry)
  • Journey of the Adopted Self by B.J. Lifton
  • The West Pole by Diane Glancy
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