Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Firecrackers are not just for the Fourth!!!

The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses [clmp] just announced that the The Firecracker Awards for Independently and Self-Published Literature are back and [clmp] is accepting submissions now through Sept 1st.

Check out this feature in Publishers Weekly for more information about the award's legacy.
All independent publishers and self-published authors of literature are encouraged to submit to the Firecracker Awards. CLMP is accepting submissions in five categories: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, young adult, and graphic novel. All submissions will be read by at least two readers. Winning titles will be highlighted in a national marketing campaign that features prominent placement in indie bookstores from coast to coast, and will receive significant digital marketing with the Firecracker Award Winning Book logo. Submission fees will be used to generate marketing materials for winning titles and to raise necessary funds for CLMP.

For more details about the judging process and how to submit, please visit [clmp]’s Submittable page.

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Stay Creative!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Happy Pride !

We realize that some members of the aaduna community, have already celebrated Pride Month in June, did so this weekend, or will do so during the next several weeks. We join our voice with the LGBT community to articulate that human rights, inclusion, respect for cultural/ethnic/political differences, equity and citizens rights must be available to everyone.  
We understand most of these issues are still challenges; well-intentioned people have differences of opinion stemming from socio-political-economic and religious perspectives, and obstacles to basic, human rights are not limited to any geographical region of the world or a specific country or neighborhood.  As we maintain our commitment to providing safe harbor and publishing opportunities for poets, writers and visual artists, we fall back on our Mission of inclusion, empowerment, and the willingness to embrace others the way we want to be embraced. 

Here are some photos of the Pride parade in Rochester, NY (July 19th,) which was part of a three-day weekend festival.  If you have photos of ethnic/cultural events that have already occurred or plan to attend a few such events in the upcoming months  (i.e. Caribbean carnivals, Pow-Wows, etc.) please consider sharing those photos with us via our Facebook page. Aaduna, Inc 

I recall a saying/motto from a Harlem-based organization from back in the day..."Each One, Teach One."


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Congratulations are in order!

aaduna Board members make things happen and have an impact on their communities locally and regionally. 

Here is a brief update on what aaduna Board members and advisors are up to:

Dr. Walt Aikman, faculty member at Cayuga Community College and natural resources consultant, was recognized on May 29th by the city of Auburn during an annual awards program for his efforts toward environmental preservation and urban forestry.  The city's Historic Resources Review Board presented Dr. Aikman its Award for Landscape Preservation in a ceremony recognizing National Preservation Month. His award was for his work in preserving the city's urban forestry. Walt was recognized by the HRRB for his role as an environmental advocate, educator and frequent volunteer teaching the public about invasive species or planting trees citywide, Aikman is often among those spearheading these enterprises.

Sean McLeod has been busy for the past several months in New York City leading pre-audition workshops centering on his Reinforced Motor Function Technique, as well as conducting an open audition for the Sean McLeod Dance Experience, which is the touring/performing arm of Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre company.  Mr. McLeod’s NYC work will culminate in a two-week New York Dance Festival: Summer Dance Intensive scheduled to occur in Auburn, NY from July 14-25 at West Middle School on Genesee Street

Nia Rock, aaduna Board of Advisors member was awarded her MBA from Bard College after successfully completing a rigorous and intensive program of study, internships and self-directed field work.  Nia was feted at a gala June 28th affair attended by family, friends and colleagues hosted at a private residence on Riverside Drive in New York City.  Ms. Rock is a vice president with Sovereign Bank.

Congratulations to Walt, Sean and Nia!

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Are you wearing your support? Why Not???

A Special Offer in Appreciation
Our May 2014 fundraisers in Harlem/New York City and Auburn, NY enabled us to solidify our circle of supporters and fans in those regions.

Expressly designed for those two events, we offered an official, limited edition tee-shirt (we will not reproduce the design once the shirts are sold out) that has the “face” logo on the back of the tee with aaduna across the front with our tag line, “…A timeless exploration into words and images” right under “aaduna.” 

The shirts are American Apparel, “sewn by 9 people in a sweatshop–free environment in downtown Los Angeles where they are paid fair wages and have access to healthcare and benefits.”  The shirts were produced by The Merchery, a Syracuse, NY company owned by a multi-cultural mix of young (twenty-something) entrepreneurs. 

Available in black or gray (only one size, which is large) the shirts were sold at the fundraisers for $20 each with all proceeds going to our fundraising objective. 

Here is our special appreciation offer:
During the month of July through to August 20th, if you purchase a T-shirt or even several of them, we will provide FREE shipping and handling.  YOU SAVE THE $5/shirt S/H COST! 

And the T-shirts will continue to be offered at the fundraising event price of $20/shirt.

Help support our spring fundraisers.  Order your T-shirt today!

Mail your check or money order for your total purchase ($20/shirt) to

aaduna, Inc. SFR-T
144 Genesee Street, Suite 102-259
Auburn, NY 13021

Please make sure you include color and where you want your shirt(s) to be mailed to…your order will be shipped within 5-7 days from receipt of your check or money order.  Include your e-mail address and we will acknowledge receipt of your order.

Questions or concerns, send an e- to info@aaduna.org and put tee-shirt in the Subject Line.

Thank you for supporting aaduna!

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

aaduna presents "Monday, Monday," a photo competition and community sharing activity

Monday, Monday…   PARTICIPATE TO WIN!!!!  

With recognition to The Mamas and the Papas, show us what your Monday looks or feels like. Use your camera or cell phone to take your original photo of whatever you feel represents your Monday…computer generated or hand drawings are acceptable. 

It's simple to play...

Just post your Monday, Monday photo to our Facebook page:  aaduna, Inc Each month, aaduna will award a limited designed tee-shirt to the person who best captured how one feels or sees the world on that infamous first work day of the week.  

(If you are not familiar with Facebook, and wish to enter your photo, please email your entry to:  madelaine@aaduna.org  and our super-talented intern, Madelaine Whalen will post your photo entry for you.)

For Monday, Monday…your photo must be posted on the aaduna, Inc. Facebook page by 9 PM on a Monday to be considered.  Include a photo caption or clever saying (optional) to go along with your entry photo.  Be creative!

We will announce the weekly winner on Fridays by 3 PM. The weekly winners become finalists for the monthly prize! 

Submitted photos for one week can not be considered for subsequent weeks. So, you have the opportunity to try and try again using fresh photos!!!!

Please share this “sharing competition” with your social media contacts and have some summer fun! 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

aaduna + whalen = exciting summer times ahead!

aaduna Inc. CEO/aaduna publisher bill berry jr & Madelaine Whalen
aaduna welcomes Ms. Madelaine Whalen, an English Literature, and Political Science major with a minor in Woman and Gender Studies at Elmira College in New York State to our staff as our summer intern.  Ms. Whalen is originally from the peninsula area of Woolwich, Maine and is spending this summer in the Rochester and Auburn, NY areas.

Ms. Whalen will be a senior in the fall 2014 semester; expects to graduate in June 2015, and is currently serving her second year as president and managing editor of Elmira College's literary magazine, Sibyl.  Ms. Whalen has worked with the college magazine for the past three years.  Her work has been published in the school paper, The Octagon, and in Sibyl.  She also holds leadership positions in other campus clubs and groups.  

Maddy Whalen is a peer mentor; has high ropes course experience; is a Dean’s List and Honors Scholar at Elmira and a recipient of the Elmira College Presidential Scholarship.  Currently, Ms. Whalen has a cumulative gpa of 3.969/4.0.

With the proven ability to multi-task, Maddy will work to enhance aaduna’s presence with social media platforms; research organizational development and capacity building grant opportunities; help spearhead digital fundraising; serve as an assistant reader and reviewer, and delve into layout and archiving past issues within the journal’s new web design and functionality supplemented by other activities as the need arises.  We expect her to be involved in the prep for and launch of the summer and fall issues.

After college, Madelaine may pursue a career in publishing.

We are pleased and grateful to have her join our team, and graciously introduce her to you.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

First Time! Share with us!

An excerpt:

Remember your first time?

First time being published, that is. Maybe it was a story in your college lit mag, or a poem in an online journal, or an essay in a periodical. Maybe you even had a manuscript accepted by a small press. Whatever your publishing track record, we're willing to bet that your first time was something special—and chances are it was through an independent literary publisher.

Perhaps you're still waiting for your first acceptance letter, but thanks to CLMP—the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses—independent literary publications are thriving, creating more opportunities for writers like you to be heard!

As representatives of the community of indie lit publishers, we ask that you join us in supporting CLMP, the organization that helps make it possible for us to publish writers like you. CLMP provides essential training and information to literary publishers small and large, established and just beginning. Russell Banks, George Plimpton and others founded CLMP in 1967, and CLMP has been here for us, helping us do what we do even better, ever since.

Supporting CLMP means that you play an active role in sustaining the very publishers most likely to publish you.

Today, we've banded together to show CLMP that writers will join us in giving back. Please make a contribution  and go to (bit.ly/1mOqDBD), and to celebrate your support (and toot your own horn—you've earned it!), simply tweet about the first time you published—and the publication that made it happen—then add #myfirsttime and a link (https://bit.ly/1ku7abg) to clmp's donate page.

Thank you for your voice, which inspires our work, and for helping us support this vital organization.

And thanks again to those of you who made our spring aaduna fundraisers a success.