Since 2003, Julie’s memoir essays have navigated the fraught intersections between self, family, history, and society, including her debut essay Ghosts. Expanding upon these interests, her scholarly essays often address the contours of colonialism, war, genocide, empire, and their aftermath. In addition, Julie has strong theoretical interests in gender, sexuality, trauma, diaspora, visuality, indigeneity, and memory.
Julie first studied motion picture production and editing at age 23 while enrolled in the Mediaworks program at The Evergreen State College, making the 16mm short film Subway and short digital video Persephone in 1999-2000. She continued her training in Portland at the Northwest Film Center and occasionally shoots/edits documentaries and experimental films. In 2012, she finished The City In Which I Love You and Spoils.
Julie studied studio art and art history during her first years at Evergreen, where she completed drawings, paintings, monoprints, etchings, and assemblage sculpture. She continues to paint and draw portraits and landscapes and to make collages, yet exhibits this work rarely. She sometimes does illustration for others, such as SFGVFF. Julie’s aesthetics as a painter influence her photography, her primary visual media.
Julie first began darkroom practice at age 18 at The Evergreen State College, and has since been working in B&W and color. She agrees with Henri Cartier-Bresson: “To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It’s a way of life.” In both digital and analog realms, photography remains valuable to her as a visual ‘sketchbook’ and for its tense and tender ties with history and memory.
An early passion for language manifested in open verse—an opening that’s never quite closed. In 1986, Julie began writing poetry, while still a child. Her poems have since appeared in magazines, books, journals, zines, spoken word, theater, radio, and even on in the King County Poetry Bus Project, where Across the Aisle continued to circulate for years on Seattle buses. She reads her poetry fairly often in the Bay Area.