Saturday, January 24, 2015

aaduna Contributor Receives Prestigious Award!

Lindsey Ferrentino (photo provided)
Last week, The Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award announced a special citation of excellence,  its first such honor, for playwright Lindsey Ferrentino and her new work, “Ugly Lies the Bone,” which will be staged in the fall at the Roundabout Underground in New York City.  Ms. Ferrentino will receive $25,000 and the Roundabout Theater Company will receive $50,000 for production costs.  

Lindsey’s short story, Dragon Woman” was published in aaduna’s winter/spring 2013 Second Anniversary issue.  Her fiction also appeared in New York Magazine.
The aaduna community extends its Congratulations and Best Wishes to Ms. Ferrentino on this prestigious recognition!

Lindsey's bio:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Publishing Opportunity: Children's Literature

Soap Stone Creek Literary Journal

for kids of all ages
Bi-monthly Print Journal for Children of all Ages
Debuting May 2015
$25 (6 issues) USA
$35 (6 issues) Canada & Other Countries
Current Needs
Fiction: Short Stories for children, all ages (500-1000 Words)
Essays for children, all ages (500-1000 Words)
Poetry for children, all ages (Up to 20 lines)
We accept stories by children (Parents Signature Form Upon Request)
Artwork by students: 8 1/2 x 11 original pictures by students
Photos (no more than 6 per submission)
Manuscript Format: WORD, Double Spaced, Attachment - cover letter in the body of the email.
Please include name, contact info and brief bio with all submissions. Pay is in copies. Journal Size: 8 1/2 x 11
Soap Stone Creek Literary Journal
for kids of all ages
2413 Bethel Rd.
Logansport LA 71049 USA

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Where is…?

“Where’s Waldo?”

“Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?”

We don’t know about Waldo or Carmen!  But currently, aaduna is read in 80 countries around the world!   We've been discovered in the following countries thus far:

Argentina, Austria, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Benin, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Vietnam.

{Croatia, Guatemala, and Senegal discovered the journal in the past 10 days.}

If you have family, friends or associates in a country not listed, ask them to check out and enjoy its content.

The world is HUGE!  

Stay creative, 


Wednesday, January 14, 2015


We are pleased to announce that we launched the fall-winter 2014 issue just a few minutes ago.  While the dynamics associated with this issue were challenging and prompted us to re-think some administrative protocols and processes, the cooperative effort (and I mean that literally) between aaduna staff and issue contributors overshadowed any adverse obstacles.

We are thankful for what the contributors have brought to this issue, as well as their support for the Mission that we still exemplify and follow.  We are aaduna!

So as I sit here sipping champagne, munching on Brie placed over poppy & sesame thin savoury crackers, I am mindful of the hard work of Lisa Brennan, who once again brought vision to the issue, as well as the significant work of Tim Ogene, Pamela Havens, Rosemary Blake, the rascally Keith Leonard, and the often overlooked ever anonymous Info staff.  They are aaduna.

And to the contributors... It is your words and images that aaduna continues to present to the public and in doing so, provides some measure of satisfaction, understanding, and hope.  You are aaduna.

To our supporters and readers, we thank you. You are aaduna.

While I have written too much, I invite you to visit



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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ours is not a Fantasy Team…

Ours is the real thing.  Here is our line-up of “players” for the fall-winter 2014 issue.

 Crossing the Goal Line Poetry:

Julie Ascarrunz
Out of Lafayette, CO founded in 1878 by Mary Miller…Yes, a woman founder back then… raise your hands for the person and contemporary and captivating spirit of 
Julie Ascarrunz
- Requiem, at a Loss
- aubade: oh! Love
- Stand Your Ground”

William Bretton Hodge
From the town of Fortville, IN incorporated as a town in 1865; originally called Walpole, and then named for Cephus Fort, the original owner of the town site, here is first draft pick and potential rookie MVP
William Bretton Hodge
- I am Forgotten

fox e. law
Coming at you from Victoria, Australia, ‘Vic” is Australia's most densely populated state and its second-most populous state overall. Most of its population is concentrated in the area surrounding Port Phillip Bay, which includes the metropolitan area of its capital and largest city, Melbourne. Give a welcome hoot and a holler for
fox e. law
- Cuban Dance Night
- Drink Me
- What I See

Bobbie Panek
Re-appearing for her second time, out of Auburn, NY, All-Pro and featured reader at aaduna’s first Auburn Harlem Renaissance themed fundraiser at Theater Mack, Cayuga Museum in 2014, give it up for  
Bobbie Panek
- Mah Jongg
- Millennium in the Sea of Cortez
- Anahit’s Kitchen

Known as the "Crown Jewel of the Erie Canal" and named one of Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live" in 2005, from the Village of Fairport, NY wave your towels for
- Covenant

Jennifer Wolfe
From the place you now know and love, out of Shakopee, MN, put your hands together for
Jennifer Wolfe
- The Moon I
- Motherchild
- To The Men and Women in the 3rd Ring of the 7th Circle of Hell

Never failing to gain the  two-point conversion for the overtime win, Fiction special team members are:

Kenneth G. Gary, Sr.
Out of Dallas, TX the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States with Dallas serving as the main core of the largest inland metropolitan area in the United States that lacks any navigable link to the sea, we give you the gracious
Kenneth G. Gary, Sr.
- Grandma’s Tales
- The Cruise Ship

William Bretton Hodge
Returning for another assignment, the all-team favorite for rookie of the year,
William Bretton Hodge
- Speak No More

Kathryn Kruse
On the Pacific Ocean side of the US, from San Francisco (Spanish for "Saint Francis",) founded on June 29, 1776, when colonists from Spain established a fort at the Golden Gate and a mission named for St. Francis of Assisi a few miles away, get out of your seats for Kat, more formally known as  
Kathryn Kruse
- Rashad Sees the Future

Dietra Reid
Out of Baltimore, MD, the largest city in the State of Maryland, the largest independent city in the United States, the former home (way back in the day) of aaduna’s publisher, and home to interesting and intriguing museums, stand up and cheer for
Dietra Reid
- Restricted Area
- An Experiment

For kicking game winning long range field goals 100% of the time, give a rousing welcome to the visual artists holding down the Galleries:

Enrico Gaveglia

From the capital and largest city of Cambodia, located on the banks of the Tonlé Sap and Mekong River, Phnom Penh has been the national capital since French colonization of Cambodia, and has grown to become the nation's center of economic and industrial activities, as well as the center of security, politics, cultural heritage, and diplomacy of the country. Give an aaduna welcome to
Enrico Gaveglia    (Penalver Gallery)

Featured Artwork:
1.      Bully (©, New York, 2012);
2.      Candy (©, Sri Lanka 2013);
3.      Color Cage (©, Qatar 2012);
4.      Drops (©, Sketches 2014);
5.      Famine (©, Sketches 2014);
6.      Fishbowl (©, Sketches 2014);
7.      Knowledge (©, Sketches 2014);
8.      Light Trajectory (©, Qatar 2012);
9.      Robolao (©, Laos PDR, 2014).
10.  Sarajevo (©, Sketches 2014);
11.  What if Mars (©, Sudan 2009);

Ernest Williamson III, PhD

Coming at you out of Columbia, the state capital and largest city in South Carolina, give a raucous welcome to returning aaduna contributor in poetry and seasoned literary pro, The Doctor…
Ernest Williamson III, PhD                 (Borders Gallery)

Featured Artwork:

Old Lady with the Black Eye (2014)
Seeping Faces (2014)
Seeing Double (2014)
Twisted (2014)
Party of Two (2014)
The New Buddhist (2014)
In and Out of Squares (2014)
Artist Delving into Her Craft (2013)
Between Jazz, The Blues (2013)
The Falling Away (2013)
In Conversation with My Art (2013) 
The Classical Dancer (2013)
And for the Mind (2013)
The Giving of Genius (2013)
World Peace Held (2013)
Faith and the Picasso Factor (2013)

Well, this is our team, and in the spirit of the national title for college football and the National Football League’s divisional playoffs, we freely used football references to celebrate and recognize pending aaduna contributors without prodding and compensation from professional football people.

The fall-winter 2014 issue is gearing for an all out blitz.  Give us a day or two.

We will sack you!  


Saturday, January 10, 2015

What is Hip? This sure sounds like it!

Poetry Contest 208 456-2275

Calling All Poets

You are invited to enter the 22nd annual Artists Embassy International Poetry Contest

Deadline May 15, 2015

Cash Awards
Grand Prize winning poems
choreographed, costumed and performed by
Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Company
The Dancing Poetry Festival
San Francisco
For information and rules...


Artists Embassy International a 501(c)3 non profit all volunteer arts organization

"furthering inter-cultural understand and peace through the universal language of the arts".

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Kat Kruse, a real cool name!

We always like names that are mysterious enough that you really don’t know what that name actually represents.  Let’s be real…I mean is Kat Kruse the name of a luxury yacht, a hip boutique hotel in a fun city, a destination spot in the Caribbean, the name of the latest after hours club for the trendy set, a modernistic tattoo etched across someone’s lower back?

Knowing that this is aaduna, you probably surmise that the name is somehow connected to a literary or artistic genre. Well, in aaduna's forthcoming issue, you will find out all about Kat Kruse. Here is an excerpt from her fiction work, "Rashad Sees the Future" to whet your appetite:

A respected neighbor had read Rashad’s palm when he was two. The seer proclaimed loneliness, obesity and longing, though no one ever told the boy. At sixteen, fair-skinned and surrounded by friends, his parents shipped him off to America to live with a cousin. They wanted to spare themselves the pain of watching his fate unravel, though at the time, they said things that Rashad believed about opportunity and sound choices.

This month, you will be able to read the entire story and be delightfully surprised. 

Kathryn Kruse…coming at you soon in aaduna's upcoming issue, scheduled to launch within the next 10 days.  I know you can’t wait!

Stay creative,