Cathy Heslin is a reunited adult adoptee living in Portland, Oregon since 1993. She has been in reunion with her birthmother since 1989, and with her birthfather since 2000. Cathy writes about turning points in reunion from the adoptee perspective in the double-memoir, Kathleen~Cathleen. Cathy has written about adoption and reunion in various publications, blogs and anthologies, and is a contributing writer to the Lost Daughters blog. Cathy presented at the American Adoption Congress in 2014, and read excerpts from the unpublished manuscript of Kathleen~Cathleen with Kate, and was invited to return as a panelist for "Flip the Script" at the American Adoption Congress conference in 2015.
Kate Power started out as performing songwriter in metropolitan New York in 1967, moved to Portland, Oregon in 1977, was a founding member of the Celtic band, Wildgeese, and one of the co-creators behind socially-conscious music and folk center, Artichoke Music until 2007. Kate's songs have been covered by national artists and she won the grand prize for "songs that make a difference" (Travis John - Music2Life, 2006) at Kerrville Folk Festival. Kate has recorded nine albums and performs in duo and as a founding member of The Portlanders. Kate writes from the birthmother's viewpoint on mutual topics between mother and daughter within their long-term reunion in articles, blogs and the coming-of-age memoir, Kathleen~Cathleen.