Tuesday, August 25, 2015


SAVE THE DATE!!! September 4th...aaduna contributor Bobbie Dumas Panek and special guest Ron Van Nostrand will present their work on the South Porch at The Seward House Museum along with Publisher, bill berry who will also present his poetry (a rare occasion!) 

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Words can’t express….Has this happened to you?

You are in an unexpected situation…gone through a planned experience…got caught off guard…found yourself in an uncontrollable moment….experienced feelings that you can’t intelligibly articulate….did you cry Tearz?

In a world of new cultural genres that may have roots in the past, the past never expected the fluidity, diversity, explosion, and range of creative expressions that are at our doorstep…invading every aspect of what we see, feel, and experience.

Tearz is the essence of spoken word - poetry with attitude, swagger and verve…not backing down…bringing it to you straight, no chaser…raw…focused…exciting!

Words can’t express…see and listen for yourself…VIDEO #8 (and the last of this series) from aaduna's spring fundraiser in Auburn, NY on May 28, 2015. https://youtu.be/blUYU4YiY8A

aaduna published "Covenant" in the fall/winter 2014 issue.  CHECK IT OUT:  http://aaduna.org/fallwinter2014/poetry/tearz/

And if you still can't get enough, read more of Tearz work presented in aaduna's spring 2015 issue right here: http://aaduna.org/spring2015/poetry/tearz/

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sylvester Stewart…do you know him? Betcha you do!

I saw him and his family at the now defunct Electric Circus, an entertainment Mecca that graced the middle of the block (which had become the east coast epicenter of youth culture as I knew it… even tried to get a job at the “Circus,” maybe it was 1963…didn’t happen…I was not weird enough…so I knew the venue well especially the downstairs space that was devoted to soul music and R&B on Sunday evenings for dancing and other frivolities….The Circus balanced St. Marks Place, East Village, NYC where the counter-culture lifestyle of hippies and  so called “flower children” reigned supreme and the air always had a distinct aroma and hazy aura.

So, when Auburn’s adopted daughter and sister friend, Cyd Charisse Fulton took to the mic at aaduna’s May 28th Theater Mack fundraiser and started to talk about Sly and the Family Stone and her poem that centered on his music, I knew she was ready to rock it.  Oh…if you don’t know, Sly was a west coast DJ named Sylvester Stewart before he launched the band and then permeated the world with his infectious music and mesmerizing stage shows.  Anyway…

Cyd Charisse Fulton, Poet ~ May 28, 2015 aaduna fundraiser

Poet, publisher, writer, colleague, and friend, Cyd did what she always does when she reads in Auburn; she wrapped her words around the minds of the audience and took them “higher.”  

Sitting in a side seat away from the audience’s sight lines, I sung the words and swung low with the sweet chariot delivered by Cyd Charisse Fulton.

It's your turn.

CHECK OUT Cyd's presentation of her most challenging works, "Stonez"  or CLICK RIGHT HERE

Cyd ~ We thank you for your undying love and support since day one!  Auburn's own, adopted daughter ~ Mz. Cyd Charisse Fulton!

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Grocery Shopping and College teaching...in the name of poetic verses

Howard Nelson, aaduna spring fundraiser,  5/28/2015
Howard Nelson is a poet and writer who has the ability to weave magic, wit, and meaningful purpose into ordinary experiences.  Always an audience pleaser, Howard captivates, and his words succinctly capture the flavor, ambiance, and intrigue of Life.  Quite often, through his imagery and style, he propels the listener to dream bigger and find meaningful treasures buried in the mundaneness of our day to day existence.     

An accomplished published poet since the Eighties, his recent work includes All the Earthly Lovers: Selected &; New Poems published in 2014.   Mr. Nelson’s poem “The Moon” was published in the 20th anniversary issue of Northern Woodlands magazine, and he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for “Best of Small Press Publications for 2014.”  He also writes criticism and essays.  He is a member of the Thoreau Society, and his recent pieces on Thoreau have appeared in "The Thoreau Society Bulletin."  A retired college professor, Mr. Nelson resides in Cayuga County.   

Click below to view Video #6:  Howard Nelson presents his poem, "Good Day" at aaduna's spring fundraiser event held at Theater Mack in Auburn, NY on May 28, 2015 or Click HERE

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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.

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

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