Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Catherine Poku kicked it...Theater Mack....Video #5!!!

Catherine C. Poku, May 28, 2015 (photo by Lisa Brennan)

"Catherine wowed the crowd with her poetry and creative non-fiction.  Her delivery was full of emotion, swagger, and intellectual curiosity as she enabled the audience to gravitate towards her and become captives influenced by her words, thoughts and subtle physical movements that portrayed the characteristics that her words were conveying."

Re-live or experience that moment for the first time.  Watch her video.... right here, right now!  




Mz. Poku's fiction work is featured in aaduna's 5th anniversary/spring 2015 issue.  Click here 


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Makes your heart go thump, thump and your feet tap incessantly....Medicine Man

You know the feeling...being riveted by the thump of the bass and that "blue note" that gets your feet to involuntary tap, tap the floor...and then your fingers and thumb start to drum the table....your body eventually gives up and succumbs... you enjoy the movement and do not want the feeling to stop.

Raymond Nat Turner, Photo by Lisa Brennan 5/28/2015


Welcome to the world of this jazz poet...his world.  Raymond Nat Turner!

Enjoy video clip #4, "Medicine Man," performed by aaduna featured guest poet and spoken word artist, Raymond Nat Turner at aaduna's annual spring fundraiser, "In the Spirit of the Harlem Renaissance...Revisited 2015"  held at Theater Mack,     Auburn, NY on May 28, 2015.  

The event was supported by Poets & Writers and the New York State Council on the Arts. 







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Raymond Nat Turner, NYC poet, is the artistic director of the stalwart JazzPoetry Ensemble, UpSurge! He is the executive producer on UpSurge!’s two critically acclaimed CDs, “Chromatology,” and “All Hands on Deck;” the latter, having won Honorable Mention in 2000 for an independent music award from AFIM. Raymond has appeared at numerous festivals and venues including the April 2015 Berkeley Arts Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival and Panafest in Ghana West Africa. Currently, he is Poet-in-Residence at Black Agenda Report. Turner has opened for such luminaries as the late James Baldwin, People’s Advocate Cynthia McKinney, radical sportswriter Dave Zirin and California Congresswoman Barbara Lee following her lone vote against going to war.  He participated in aaduna’s 2014 Harlem fundraiser; was a special guest at the journal’s May 2015 Auburn fundraiser, and invited workshop leader for a session at Auburn High School also in May 2015.  Please visit www.upsurgejazz.com for more on Turner.




Raymond Nat Turner will be featured in aaduna's next issue launching late summer/early fall.  WATCH FOR HIM!


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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Remember Heidi? No?...Watch this video snippet #3...you will!

"On November 17, 1968, the Oakland Raiders score two touchdowns in nine seconds to beat the New York Jets and no one sees it, because they're watching the movie Heidi instead."

Well, this is not a NFL "throwback" day.  Watch the real deal...Heidi Nightengale, poet, writer, college instructor, and more....this t'ain't 1968!


Heidi Nightengale, May 28, 2015, Theater Mack, Auburn, NY....an aaduna fundraiser.


 Watch Now:
https://youtu.be/-NUgu8iVfZg



Share it on your social media platforms.  It is time to erase the 1968 memory with something real!


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Thursday, July 23, 2015

aaduna video snippet #2



aaduna presents video "snippets" ~ CHECK IT OUT!


This week, (every other day) we will post video clips from aaduna's annual spring fundraiser, "In the Spirit of the Harlem Renaissance...Revisited 2015" held at Theater Mack, Auburn, NY on May 28, 2015. Our event was supported by Poets & Writers and the New York State Council on the Arts. 


Dr. Kevin Jenkins, May 28, 2015


Here is video clip #2: aaduna contributing poet and writer, Dr. Kevin Jenkins presents the poem, “Betrayal” at the May 2015 fundraiser:







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Kevin Jenkins is a poet, writer, photographer, and international motivational and inspirational speaker, as well as a Spiritual Urban Warfare Specialist who trains people to discover the warrior within. A renaissance man, Kevin studied poetry at Cave Canem and earned his Doctor of Ministry degree (DMin) in African American church history.  Emphat!c Publishing published his chapbook, “SKYBOP.”   



aaduna published Dr. Jenkin’s poetry in the summer/fall 2013 issue.   VISIT:  http://www.aaduna.org/KevinJenkins.html.  



Thank you Kevin for your continued support!



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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

aaduna presents video "snippets" ~ CHECK IT OUT!



This week, (every other day) we will post video clips from aaduna's annual spring fundraiser, "In the Spirit of the Harlem Renaissance...Revisited 2015" held at Theater Mack, Auburn, NY on May 28, 2015.  Our event was supported by Poets & Writers and the New York State Council on the Arts. 

Bobbie Dumas Panek, aaduna May 28  2015
Here is video clip #1:  aaduna contributing poet and writer, Bobbie Dumas Panek, presented an excerpt, "Who's Counting The Chickens Anyways?" from her upcoming book, 'Just Another Day," scheduled for release on September 1, 2015.

In addition, check out Bobbie's poetry featured in aaduna's fall/winter 2014 issue:  http://aaduna.org/fallwinter2014/poetry/bobbie-panek/ 


 CONGRATULATIONS Bobbie on your new book!  We appreciate all you do and wish you countless blessings ahead.


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Thursday, July 16, 2015

For the poet in all of us....especially if vacation travel to NYC is in your July future...info is verbatim




The 5th Annual New York City Poetry Festival



July 25th and 26th


11am-6pm


Governors Island’s Colonel’s Row


FREE ~ OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

“I spotted a disproportionate amount of urbanites meandering barefoot, grinning, straw fedoras tilted on their heads in a suspiciously jaunty manner.” - The Rumpus


Dearest darlings,

Festival season is upon us, and The Poetry Society of New York, having just returned from performing at Electric Forest with The Poetry Brothel, is all warmed up for what is sure to be the most memorable New York City Poetry Festival yet!

The New York City Poetry Festival, now heading into its 5th year, showcases all of the different formats, aesthetics, and personalities of New York City reading series, small presses, and collectives, in one place at one time. This free festival intends to create branches between disparate poetry communities, and other artists and artisans, by bringing poetry out of the dark bars and universities and by placing it in the sun. The 5th Annual New York City Poetry Festival will include over 75 poetry organizations and 250 poets on its three main stages; a Vendor’s Village where local booksellers, artists and craft makers will sell their wares; healthy and delicious food truck options (including Big D’s Grub Truck, Brooklyn Organic Coffee & Tea, and Ponti Rossi Food Truck); a beer & wine garden sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery and The Abbey, poetry-inspired installation art throughout; the Ring of Daisies open mic; and the 4th Annual Children’s Poetry Festival, this year sponsored by Writopia Lab, complete with writing games and its own fourth, all-kids stage.

This year’s headliners include acclaimed poet and memoirist Nick Flynn, award-winning poet, playwright and cultural activist Patricia Spears Jones, esteemed poetry scholar David Matlin, and Fran Quinn, whom Robert Bly called “one of the greatest poetry teachers in the country.” Other highlights of this year’s festival include readings curated by Brooklyn Poets, Coldfront Magazine, Great Weather for MEDIA, The Poetry Project, and VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts.

The Poetry Society of New York will also be featuring The Typewriter Project booth, fresh from its recent installation in Tompkins Square Park, as well as The Poetry Brothel, which will be taking over house 407 along the Colonel’s Row to create an intimate and immersive, candlelit experience.

For a complete lineup, event schedule, list of vendors, sponsors, installations, and other programing, as well as directions to the island and the festival grounds, please visit the New York City Poetry Festival’s website at newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com.

Register for the New York City Poetry Festival on Eventbrite and enter to win a New York City Poetry Festival tote bag filled with signed copies of books by Nick Flynn, Patricia Spears Jones, David Matlin, and Fran Quinn


To stay up to date about all things #nycpofest, follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter.


For all other inquiries, please refer to the festival FAQ or contact Stephanie Berger at sb@poetrysocietny.org.


The New York City Poetry Festival 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.


Other #NYCPOFEST sponsors include The Abbey, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn Poets, C. Bravo Productions LLC, C.S. Literary Jewelry, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Graze, The Great American Poetry Show, Great Weather for Media, Literary Manhattan, Nespresso, Runa, Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Creative Writing, and Writopia Lab.


Don't forget your sunscreen or your picnic blankets, loves, and join us for yet another fabulous year of poetry, sunshine, art, food, and booze. It's a winning combination!



Yours 4ever,


The Poetry Society of New York