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).

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The winners of the November FREE aaduna tee-shirt campaign are:

Christina R. of Las Vegas, NV

Heidi N. of Auburn, NY

Peter L. of Dakar, Senegal

Shirts will be mailed to them later this week.



Here are the questions  ANSWERS (with a clue thrown in here ‘n’ there) and the first clue is that all three questions pertain to the summer2014 issue only:      (

#1.       The following lines are from what poem?
            For this town was our world:
            a lake, a dog chasing down a piece of tree.
             ANSWER:  "Squaring the Circling Way" by Sarah Wyman 

                                         Read Poem Here

#2.       Who or what is the “Wild Goose” and what story is this reference found in?

             ANSWER:   The "Wild Goose" is a bar in the short story,
"Fear," written by Tom Backer.  Read Story Here 

#3.       Who makes “digital collages about being human?”
             ANSWER:  Jeffrey Lee Graham created a digital collage to express what it means to be human.  View digital collage Here

Didn't participate?  You can with the forthcoming fall/winter 2014 issue scheduled to launch in the next few weeks!

Monday, November 17, 2014

I am enjoying this...wanna try?

(c) 2014 Portrait by Harry Tiefenbach, Artist
When was the last time you had a conversation with someone where you enjoyed the interaction, the give and take, the sharing, the intimacy? 

I am so pleased that Judita Pamfil took the time to chat with me.  While I knew some things about Judita due to our "back 'n' forth" short e-mails in preparation for aaduna's publishing of  her poetry and artwork, her willingness and graciousness to engage me in further, intentional conversation gave me several moments of delight. 

I invite you to read what we had to say to each other, and hope that you reach out and have a real conversation with someone you want to chat with.   

Oh, here is a little tidbit that I have never mentioned in public. 

Judita sent me an unsolicited 2013 first edition copy of her book of poems, "Moon Songs."  After reading her work, I immediately reached out to her and asked (and hoped and wanted) her to submit work to aaduna.  The rest is as folks say, "herstory."  

READ our Conversation on our aaduna website:

Enjoy Judita Pamfil!   

If you haven't done so already... please help us reach our goal of 400 facebook likes to our Aaduna Inc facebook page by the end of this month!   And look us up on TWITTER @aadunaspeaks!


Friday, November 7, 2014

What's behind Persecution?

Back in the day, there were melodic voices harmonizing words on street corners devoid of instrumentation.

Back in the day, swift hands drummed rhythms from Africa and Cuba sweetened with an occasional timbale, flute, trumpet or voice that stimulated people to congregate on park benches or boardwalks adjacent to the beach.

Back in the day, The Last Poets rhymed words into poignant and empowering stories and realistic fables that set the stage for later day rappers, street poets, and word masters.

Today, poetry is an ever evolving genre that maintains tradition but encompasses the urban artist who spins words and phrases into insights, who gestures here 'n' there with the dramatic flourish and fluidity of a street corner preacher.

So, what is behind Persecution?  Maybe an avenue of twists and turns that brings you to the abyss of understanding your inner truths through another person's experiences.

I guess you should find out for yourself what's behind Persecution. 

(c) 2014 Persecution Avenue (Photo provided)

READ my full interview with aaduna contributor, Persecution Avenue right HERE 

Stay creative,

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Get an aaduna tee-shirt for FREE...really for FREE!

That’s right we are giving away 3 aaduna tee-shirts and will pay shipping and handling.  No cost to you!  So, what’s the catch you ask yourself?

Here it is.  

All interested participants who answer correctly all of the following three questions by November 15th will be in a drawing.  On November 16, we will select three random winners from this pool.  We notify the winners via e-mail; get their mailing address and choice of color (black or gray, one size only, which is large,) and mail the tee. 

That’s it! 

Here are the questions (with a clue thrown in here ‘n’ there) and the first clue is that all three questions pertain to the summer2014 issue only:      (

#1.       The following lines are from what poem?
            For this town was our world:
            a lake, a dog chasing down a piece of tree.

#2.       Who or what is the “Wild Goose” and what story is this reference found in?

#3.       Who makes “digital collages about being human?”

E-mail your answers to no later than
November 15th.

Good Luck!

N.B. aaduna staff and summer 2014 issue contributors are excluded from participating in this give-away.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

We KNOW ACM? Do you?

If you read “Julie Templeton and the Automatic Orchestra” in the current issue of aaduna, then you do know who we are referring to.  If not, you need to check this writer out now since we will present another of his stories in the winter 2015 issue, and you may want to be in the know before the crowd!

(c) 2014  Delaney Aby, Photographer
I had the opportunity to chat with our mysterious ACM as we glimpsed his life and background.  Click here to read the interview on aaduna's website:
    Conversation with Austin C. Morgan 
Afterwards, make sure you read his short story.  Then you, like us, will know ACM!

Stay creative, 


Friday, October 17, 2014

Welcome to the world of TD!

aaduna contributor, TD Flenaugh   (photo provided)
For the sports minded person, you may think I am referencing a new football blog that keeps pertinent statistics on touchdowns, who made them and where and how those achievements influenced the finality of a game.  Sorry.

I am referring to writer TD Flenaugh whose short story is in the current issue of aaduna, and who recently took the time to have a chat with me.

Check out our Conversation.  Enjoy!

CLICK HERE for TD Flenaugh interview on aaduna!