Biography

Lee Varon received her MSW from Boston University and co-founded the Adoption Network— a counseling and consulting agency specializing in the area of adoption.

She has been both personally and professionally involved in the world of adoption and adopted 2 children as a single parent, Jose and Julia.

Lee has written many articles on adoption as well as
several books including — Adopting on your Own:
The Complete Guide to Adopting as a Single Parent.
She and Sherry Fine co-authored a study on single parent
adoption entitled Single Adoptive Parents: Our Stories.

For several decades she maintained a private practice specializing in adoption. She also worked with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and with family members and others affected by a loved one’s substance use disorder.

After retiring, she turned her attention to her childhood love of poetry and wrote two
chapbooks—Affairs Run in the Family (2017 Finishing Line Press chapbook award) and Letters to a Pedophile (2018 Encircle Publications chapbook contest), as well as one full-length collection—Shot in the Head (2018 Sunshot poetry prize).

Many of her poems concern the 1936 shooting of her grandfather by his lover’s husband.
Others revolve around the time she spent with her maternal grandmother in Southern Virginia and deal with the tension between her deep connection to her grandmother and her growing uneasiness with the racism that permeated her grandmother’s world.

Her poetry has been published in various journals and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

In 2018, she co-edited an anthology with Marc Goldfinger—Spare Change News Poems:
An Anthology by Homeless People and those Touched by Homelessness.

In addition to poetry she also writes short stories, and in 2015 won the Briar Cliff Review Fiction Award for her story Until the World Brought me Again its Gold, its Vermillion, which focuses on the subject of human trafficking.

She is currently working on a new collection of poems— The Addict’s Mother.

License No. and State: LICSW 1017891 Massachusetts