Friday, December 19, 2014

So what does Phnom Penh, Cambodia have in common with Columbia, South Carolina?

aaduna…of course!

In the forthcoming fall-winter 2014 issue, Enrico Gaveglia based in Phnom Penh and Ernest Williamson III based in Columbia will present their artwork in the aaduna galleries.  We thought we might tease you with an artwork from each artist, but then decided….naaay! 

Gaveglia and Williamson are worth waiting for!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Congrats to David B.!

David Bendezu, aaduna Fall 2011 issue
David Bendezu, a member of the Phoenix Players Theatre Group (PPTG) sited at the Auburn Correctional Facility in Auburn, NY and a former aaduna contributor recently received his Associate’s degree from Cayuga Community College through a privately-funded program administered by Cornell University.  This program seeks to give incarcerated individuals the opportunity to earn a college degree after several years of hard work and study under the instruction and guidance of Cornell faculty members.     

Mr. Bendezu’s work in aaduna, represented his poignant contribution to the larger PPTG staged theatrical work, titled “Inside Out” presented to a select invited audience at the Auburn Correctional Facility in 2011. 

We wish David continued success as he takes those pathways to create a better life for himself.

Congratulation David!  Your Mom beamed with pride throughout the ceremony.  Continue to fill her heart and spirit with joy.

David's work as published in aaduna Fall 2011 issue:

The Day I Saw My Aunt Tanya 

Part 1:

Before I was born in 1987, my mother was told to get an abortion because she had no help to raise me. At the time, my mother was about 8 months pregnant living in Peru and heading to America. Her sister Tanya told her not to get an abortion because she would help my mother raise me if she needed help. Seven months in America my mother calls Tanya and tells her she needs help. So me, a little baby then, heads back to Peru. Tanya, my aunt, raised me until 1992. I remember crying when I left her.

Part 2:

David: “Ma, I need $50 to go to the Liberty Science Center.”
Mother: “Liberty que? Liberty what?”
D: “Ma porfavor you know how much I love science.”
M: “NO! No tengo money. Sorry I got bills.”
D: “Ma, please, please I want to go. Come on.”
M: “Ok! Diablo, tĂș molesta. You’re annoying! One condition, you’re punished when you get back. No Nintendo, playing outside, only school!”
D: “Yes! Ok thank you, Ma. I love you.”

Part 3:

If anyone has ever been to the Liberty Science Center in Jersey in the mid 90’s, the first thing you see when you walk in was this big ball that opened up to a million spikes. The first floor had all the electronics. The second floor had cool items for sale. The third floor held the big theatre. We watched National Geographic in 3D. The fourth floor held all the exhibits.

Part 4:

The fourth floor had a huge telescope. We watched the sun spots and compared it to the Earth. They had some snakes on show, a huge roach zoo. But, then I saw this ambulance and decided to get in. I played with the horn, the mirror, then moved to the middle where I pretended to play a doctor, then a patient. Then I got out through the back doors and that’s when I saw a car that was crushed into a ball. The children were not allowed to touch the car, only view it. Next to the car they had biography of what happened to the car. The text said it was one of the biggest car accidents in White Plains, NY history. The victim’s name was Tanya, some weird last name. It said that her body was flown back to Peru where her family gave her a proper memorial. I just started crying right there.

Part 5:

Mother: “How was it? Como te fue?”
David: “Ma, what happened to Aunt Tanya?”
M: “Hijo, you were too young to remember Tanya.”
D: “Ma, what happened?”
M: “She died in a car accident in White Plains a couple of years ago.”

Toys Are Us

ALL: I don't wanna grow up, I'm a Toys “R” Us kid.
A million toys to choose from, that I can play with.
♪ From bikes to trikes and video games,
its the biggest toy store there is. GEE WIZ!
♫ I don't wanna grow up, cuz baby if I did....
I wouldn't be a Toys “R” Us kid! ♫ ♪♪....

David takes the stage.
I used to work at Toys “R” Us, selling toys. Yea, me a convicted felon, used to work at a toy store. I used to help people, and during the holidays I would enjoy seeing the reaction of the children when they saw the toys that they were looking for. I once bought my little sisters a Dora kitchen set. [Says in the Dora voice:]“Hi, it’s me, Dora. Wanna come and cook?” They used to love when I bought them gifts.

June 14, 2006. I am at work and doing what I normally do. (He stocks shelves.)
“Excuse me Miss, do you need any help?”
A lady answers, “No, I’m good, thank you.” David turns around when an elderly lady asks, “Sir, excuse me, sir, I need your help.”
He responds: “Yes, what is it that you need help with?”
She responds: “I’m looking for a toy for my grandson. It’s been all over the commercials. It looks like some pacifier that makes noises.”
David and the customer begin to search.

As I start looking for the toy with the costumer, my boss, Jason, keeps calling for me on the walkie talkie. “Dave, where are you? I need your help up front.” Meanwhile the other costumers were asking me for my help: “Sir, excuse me, can I get your assistance?”
David: “I’ll be with you in one second.”
Boss: “Dave, up front!”
Costumer: “Sir, sir, I am looking for the bike section.”
Boss: “Dave, you better not be horsing around!”
David: “My boss, he’s paranoid. Don’t worry. I’m still here.”
Costumer: “Sir where are the people who work here?”
David: “Please give me a second.”

I finally find the toy. The lady I was helping is very happy. I offer to give her a discount, she accepts and we head up front. Jason sees me, “Where have you been? I have been calling you for over half an hour!”
David: “I was helping a customer.”
Boss: “It doesn’t take that long to help a customer.”
Lady: “Excuse me sir, but he was sincerely helping me. Don’t yell at him. He was very kind to me. We need more people like him in this world.”
What’s crazy about this story is the next day, on June 15th 2006, I found myself getting arrested for assault and robbery. “We need more people like him in this world.”
Yea, ok.

Friday, December 5, 2014

aaduna announces Pushcart Prize nominees

“The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America…. The Pushcart Prize has been a labor of love and independent spirits since its founding. It is one of the last surviving literary co-ops from the 60's and 70's.”

aaduna nominated the following four fiction writers for the
2016 round of The Pushcart Prize:  (Click the individual titles below to view work)

B. Lynn Carter                 One Wild Ride 

Millie Chapman               Peony

Shelby Settles Harper       Peyote Spirit 

Michael Murray               Stage Fright 

aaduna nominated the following two poets for the 2016 round of the Prize:

Joyce Miller                    EXCRESCENCE:       
                                 Haiti sampled after the hurricane

Noorulain Noor              Atonement 

The above work can be found in the summer issue 2014 (Chapman, Miller, Murray) and the winter-spring 2014 issue (Carter, Harper, Noor) available at
We congratulate our nominees and invite you to share their recognition with your family, friends, and colleagues, as well as on your social media platforms.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Tee-Shirt Raffle Winners are...

Haven Blue
Escondido, California

Scott Saalman
Jasper, Indiana

Eva Bouchard
Syracuse, New York

Christopher Gorrie
San Diego, California

Denise Smith
Fairfield, Alabama

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who participated !  

If you missed out... don't worry!   We will do only one more raffle that will herald in the New Year [2015,] our fifth year of publishing aaduna.  


Since the design of aaduna's current shirts will not be repeated in subsequent tee-shirt printings, these originals will soon become a collector's item. 

Available in one size (Large), black or gray. The tee-shirts normally sell at $20 each plus a $5 shipping and handling (S/H) per shirt. For the Holiday Period (ends January 2, 2015,) you can purchase a shirt for $18 each, including S/H charges.

Visit: to order your Tee Shirt to take advantage of this special holiday sale while at the same time supporting aaduna!  

Happy Holidays to ALL!

You've heard the phrase, "Catch a Rising Star..." haven't you?

With that phrase lodged in your brain, you are invited to check out my recent conversation with Millie Chapman now available via our aaduna website:

(c) 2014 Millie Chapman (photo provided)

It is always special to get to know someone at the onset of a promising writing career so you can watch that person develop  and chart a path that engages a wide spectrum of the reading public.  So, I am not just tossing a phrase around when I say, "Catch a rising star."  

And if my chat with Millie does not spark you to want to know more about her, read or re-read her story,"Peony" as published in aaduna's summer 2014 issue.  You will soon see what I initially saw when I read her story for the first time.

And just remember, it is always fun to put a "star" in your pocket!

Help us increase Aaduna Inc. page likes on facebook, click below - our goal is to reach 500 likes by December 8th.  

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Our FIRST Totally and Absolutely FREE Tee-Shirt Holiday Offer

In the spirit of the 2014 Holiday Season, we are raffling off five tee-shirts (available only in large, black or gray) with FREE shipping and handling. Winners will be announced this Thursday, December 4, 2014.

TO PARTICIPATEIn the next 24 hours (Deadline is 11:59PM, December 3rd) Send an e-mail to with “FREE Tee-Shirt” in the Subject Line.  

Just put your full name, State/Province/general location in the body of the e-mail and we will enter your name in the December 4th drawing.  Winners will be announced via our blog, Facebook, Twitter etc. on December 4th.  

That’s all you have to do!
It is that simple. 

Mostly everyone (including past and current aaduna contributors) can participate.  The only exception is current aaduna staff can not enter the drawing….boo hoo!  And please, NO multiple e-mails from the same person or e-mail address.


And in the Spirit of the Holidays, you may want to consider one of the following:


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Since its inception in 2010, aaduna continues to function with a volunteer staff who read, review, edit, and format the journal, as well as handle its administrative operations. We depend on your donations for supplies, marketing, preparing grant applications, and sponsoring public readings and performances my aaduna contributors. We use all proceeds to further our mission to provide a viable multi-cultural platform for poetry, fiction, non-fiction and the visual arts and engage the general public’s understanding and appreciation for the written word and visual images. We need your support as we enter our fifth year of publishing vital work from new, emerging and established writers and artists whose work enrich the human spirit, broaden global cross-cultural understanding, and expand the dimensions of creative exploration.


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The tee-shirts normally sell at $20 each plus a $5 shipping and handling (S/H) per shirt.

For the Holiday Period (ends January 2, 2015,) you can purchase a shirt for $18 each including S/H charges

This offer “In the Spirit of the Holidays” is more than a 25% reduction from the original price and S/H charges.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Creative Writing Workshop Opportunity

aaduna contributor, Frank Gladden

aaduna contributor, Frank Gladden shared this important information with us. We share this info with you and hope you do likewise with your colleagues.



Call for Applications

CALLALOO, the premier literary journal of the African Diaspora, is now accepting applications for the 2015 Barbados CALLALOO CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP (CCWW) until January 15, 2015. Given the success of this year's inaugural Barbados CCWW at the University of the West Indies in Cave Hill, the 2015 workshop is sure to be yet another engaging, rigorous, and inspiring event. We invite you to spend May 17-23, 2015, with CALLALOO in Cave Hill, Barbados.

The 2015 Barbados CCWW will be hosted by The Faculty of Humanities and Education at the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill. Vievee Francis and Ravi Howard will serve as the 2015 workshop leaders.

Vievee Francis is the author of Horse in the Dark (Northwestern University Press, 2012), which won the Cave Canem Northwestern University Poetry Prize for a second collection, and Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University, 2006). Her third book, Forest Primeval, is slated for release in 2015 (Northwestern University Press).

Ravi Howard was, in 2008, a finalist for The Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for his debut novel, Like Trees, Walking. In 2008, he won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His second novel, Driving the King, will be published in January 2015.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications must be submitted online at no later than January 15, 2015.

Each applicant must submit a brief cover letter and writing sample (no more than five pages of poetry or twelve pages of prose fiction). To complete & submit your application, go to

For additional information, email ( or call (979-458-3108).