Sunday, June 14, 2015

When we say that aaduna is global, this is what we mean...

aaduna has a presence in the following countries as of June 15, 2015:

Argentina, Austria, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Benin, Belarus, Bohemia, 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, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Phillipines, Poland, Portugal, ROMANIA, Russia, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Vietnam

This info is not necessarily tooting our horn but just an attempt to keep it REAL! it...enjoy it...share it....and then wait for the next issue...with anticipation!

We are reviewing and selecting summer issue content now.  Get ready!  

For submission guidelines, visit:  www.


Friday, June 12, 2015

aaduna contributor gets Shortlisted!!!

Tamara J. Madison, aaduna winter 2014 issue

A 2011 Pushcart Prize nominee for “Kentucky Curdled,” Tamara J. Madison’s poetry graced aaduna’s premier issue in February 2011, as well as subsequent issues in fall 2011, fall 2012, and winter/spring 2014. 

Tamara J. Madison, The Seward House Museum, Auburn, NY
Ms. Madison participated in aaduna’s inaugural public reading at The Seward House Museum, Auburn, NY in October 2011 and was a featured aaduna reader at Hudson County Community College, Newark, New Jersey in April 2012.  A prolific poet, performer, and writer, Tamara has published her work in other esteemed journals and publications.  (Please visit  However, there is a special kinship between Ms. Madison and aaduna.  She is a founding member of what we graciously call the "aaduna family."

So, here is the deal.

Tamara has been shortlisted (i.e. one of four finalists) for the 2015 Willow Books Literature Award for poetry for her work “Breast Poems.”
Willow Books will announce two finalists by June 20th.  

For more information on Tamara and the awards, we encourage you to visit

Here is the bottom line:

The Willow Books Literature Awards recognize literary excellence in prose and poetry by writers from culturally diverse backgrounds.

The Grand Prize winners each receive a $1,000 cash prize, publication by Willow Books, and a sponsored reading at the University of New Haven.

Their 2015 Judges are Ruth Ellen Kocher and Andrew X. Pham 
aaduna congratulates Tamara J. Madison on her shortlisted status; applaud her achievements to date, and send her our best wishes for a finalist outcome.
Send her your support via her website or through us by using Keith Leonard's e-mail address:, subject line: Tamara!


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Saturday, May 30, 2015

"What a beautiful, moving and thrilling event..."

How do you surpass your Auburn, NY 2014 fundraiser affair with a 2015 event when both affairs shared the same theme and venue???!!!

Answer: You kick it up several notches.

"In the Spirit of the Harlem Renaissance...Revisted, 2015,"  was an event rarely seen, if ever seen in Auburn, NY.  Uptown met downtown.  Downstate met upstate. 

Poets, writers and spoken word performers enhanced by the piano stylings of Andy Rudy created an evening that transported the audience back to the days of the Harlem Renaissance. 

Here are some photos:


(Left to Right)  William E Berry, Jr, Raymond Nat Turner, Catherine C. Poku, Tearz, Kevin Jenkins, Heidi Nightengale, Cyd Charisse Fulton, Bobbie Dumas Panek, Howard Nelson, Lisa Brennan

bill berry, opens the evening

Cyd Charisse Fulton, aaduna contributing poet

Howard Nelson, aaduna featured guest poet

Dr. Kevin Jenkins, aaduna contributing poet

Heidi Nightengale, aaduna featured guest poet

Tearz, aka Julian Foster, aaduna featured spoken word performer

Bobbie Dumas Panek, aaduna featured poet and writer

Catherine C. Poku, aaduna featured poet and writer

Catherine C. Poku, Dr. Kevin Jenkins and Cyd Charisse Fulton

Raymond Nat Turner and Cynthia Aikman

Bobbie Dumas Panek, Heidi Nightengale, Catherine C. Poku, and Teresa Motz

bill berry jr and Tearz

Catherine C. Poku and Mikey Brennan

Guests Zac Hansen, Mrs. Florence Smith, and Jack Hardy

Julisa Stone/docent and Kirsten Wise/curator, Cayuga Museum

Guests and audience members in the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance

Guests Mark Berry and John Kingsley

Guests Mark Berry and Patricia D'agostino

Raymond Nat Turner

Guests with aaduna BOD member, Sheila Applegate (4th from left) with daughter Sarah 

Dr. Kevin Jenkins signs his chapbook for Glenda Neff

aaduna friends, Ron & Toni Van Nostrand

Andy Rudy, versatile multi instrumentalist, provided lively musical entertainment throughout the evening!


bill berry with Kirsten Wise  

This event, presented by aaduna Inc., was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc., with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 

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Friday, May 29, 2015

“Wonderfully bold and exquisitely imaginative…”

aaduna, Inc. rocked Auburn, NY as it celebrated the fifth year of publishing aaduna, an online literary and visual arts journal at a festive fundraising affair at the Cayuga Museum’s Theater Mack.  The event featured New York poets and writers from the upstate Auburn region who were joined by creative colleagues from the New York City downstate area.  The affair recognized the spirit and ambiance of the Harlem Renaissance. 

A related aspect of this celebration was a poetry workshop conducted by Raymond Nat Turner at Auburn High School sponsored by the Harriet Tubman Boosters in conjunction with the Booker T. Washington Community Center.  Turner was one of the featured performers at the evening’s fundraiser, and aaduna, Inc. helped to facilitate the workshop’s planning. 

This workshop was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc., with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

For a glimpse of Raymond Nat Turner, please visit:

Over the next several days, highlights from the aaduna fundraiser, “In the Spirit of the Harlem Renaissance….Revisited, 2015” will grace this blog.  Check back frequently and help us get the word out by sharing and posting our “good times” to your social media platforms.     

Spread the word…aaduna rocked Auburn, NY!!!!!!  

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

BUY TICKETS today! aaduna's fundraising event is only 2 days away - May 28th

It is filled with shades of colors, captivating nuances and doses of imagination

The aaduna spring 2015 anniversary issue is now available – celebrating our fifth year of publishing.

Click on current issue.

Enjoy and share with your social media contacts.

We thank you for your patience and ongoing support for our community of artists, poets, writers, volunteer staff, readers, social media fans and followers.

Raise your glasses!

Help us build community!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

This story may be a little long, but trust us; it is worth the read….

Every issue of aaduna brings a certain anxiety, expectation, and nervousness before the actual launch.  Once the issue is launched, there is a sense of exhilaration and satisfaction, a sigh of relief quickly followed by festive celebration. 

As one would surmise, anniversary issues tend to ramp up these feelings pre- and post launch.  This year, our fifth year of publishing, we experienced skyrocketed dynamics that escalated towards a level not seen before; and hopefully, not to be seen again.  Issues on one of our coding and uploading platforms tested the resiliency of our custom designed website.  While we had to take “extra steps” to re-position the disarray to our index files and platform, our consultants, Theodora Ravago and Christopher Gannon of Banwa Design made this unexpected situation an incident (though not trivial,) and not the disaster that we expected.  aaduna’s webmaster, Lisa Brennan, then took control.  She droitly coded and uploaded the issue with swagger, and then with her smiling countenance, weaved her way around routine launch hindrances, hiccups, and putting up with our nervous publisher.

So, what does all of this mean? 

Simply, the first issue of our fifth year of publishing is almost ready for launch, which is no more than 24 hours away.  Are you ready?!

aaduna, after five years, still upholds its multicultural, pluralistic, and diverse mission.  This spring 2015 anniversary issue will present poets, writers and visual artists who reside in California, Florida, the Philippines, West Bengal/India, New York, Maryland, British Columbia/Canada, Georgia, Louisiana, Pakistan, Hong Kong, and Indiana.  And it must be noted that this issue also brings together prior contributors and creative folk, who are new to aaduna’s pages.  We continue to promulgate a creative, global community, and will continue that effort.

So get ready to be intrigued by poets:

Persecution Avenue, Marthe-Elise Bertrand, Gonzalinho da Costa, Kamaruzzaman, Desiree St. Amant, Tearz, and Deyon Williams. 

Find provocative issues in the stories by:

Persecution Avenue, Sarah Khan, Ho Cheung (Peter) Lee, Austin C. Morgan, Catherine C. Poku, and Marc D Regan

Be mesmerized by truth in the Non-fiction of:

Michael Mohr

And feast your eyes and senses on the visual richness of works by:

Melvin Douglas, Allen Forrest, and Peter Nakhid

The aaduna spring 2015 anniversary issue is coming at you. 

Our spring is finally here.  Get ready!

All photos © 2015 by Lisa A. Brennan