Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fulton expands her repertoire...once again!

So, what do you do when you are a successful and published poet with readings throughout the Northeast, publisher of poetry chapbooks, lecturer, creative consultant, and educator at New York University?  You write a play and enter a competitive, juried theatre review process.

With over 100 submissions, and 26 finalists, The Downtown Urban Art Festival (DUAF) has selected to present a play penned by Cyd Charisse Fulton as one of its productions to celebrate its 2017 anniversary season.  Ms. Fulton is a founding poetry contributor to aaduna when this literary and visual arts journal premiered its inaugural issue in February 2011. 
 
Photo via google images


15th Anniversary Season

38 Commerce Street
New York City

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM

EDUCATED AND STILL TRAPPED

Ida, an African American woman, is single and retired. Newscasts, talk shows and weed are her companions. This hazy combination provokes memories of Ida’s own salty life experiences. Her comments and rants become prayers that lead to an unorthodox baptism in her living room.

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If you reside or work in NYC or can visit the Big Apple on May 16th, go see Fulton’s “Educated And Still Trapped” at the Cherry Lane Theatre.


 CONGRATULATIONS CYD!!!





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Friday, February 3, 2017

Reaching 100!

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We were advised this morning that aaduna now has a reading and viewing presence in 100 countries with the addition of Zimbabwe to the roster!


Interestingly, we picked up Egypt and Paraguay earlier this week, and our views/week are also increasing. So, how will we celebrate?

We will continue to do what we started in 2011…provide a publication platform for writers, poets, and visual artists, especially people of color and others who have been traditionally denied access to publishing opportunities due to unnecessary obstacles. We will continue to be multicultural and diverse in outlook and outreach to creative folk. We will continue to remain committed to our Mission, and maintain a supportive, nurturing and empowering spirit and environment for our community of contributors, readers, supporters, and submitters. We will not worry about adding countries (nor have we,) we will worry about how to continue to be vibrant, pertinent and an enhancement to the world of publishing. This is what you can do…



Help us celebrate National Poetry Month and participate in our four for the fourth (commonly referred to as 4x4) initiative. We plan to post 4 poems per day for each day in the fourth month of the year, i.e. April for a total of 120 poems. Here are the details:


One poem/poet


Published or unpublished


Any theme


No age restrictions


No review and decision-making


Poems posted to our official blog each day in April, and then archived when replaced by other poems.



A Selfie or other photo is welcomed to go along with your poem

First come, first served for a slot.  (80 slots remaining as of today)

Submit ASAP and no later than March 12th.

Submission will be acknowledged up to the 120 limit.


Submit poem as a Word.doc, Times New Roman, 12 font size with full name and place of residence (city/State or region/Country)
 


Poems will be formatted as submitted.


 


Empower "aadunanotes" to be the platform for you to share your poem with the 100 countries within our current reach.

 
We thank you for your continued support!







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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Words on the Verge Kicks-Off 2017 Reading Series








Brockport, New York’s monthly literary sessions got off to a rousing start on the evening of January 28th with celebrated poet, inspirational speaker, and founder of HugsandFistBumps.com, Selena Cochran and Monroe Community College’s creative writing professor and founder of We All Write, a writing collective of Black women, Tokeya Graham. You can learn more about Tokeya at soulstainableliving.com

 
Selena Cochran, featured reader (photo by: Lisa Brennan)



 
Tokeya Graham, featured reader (Photo by: Lisa Brennan)
Following a format where both poets read individual work associated with a shared theme, the capacity filled-room, with several audience members forced to stand, was captivated and enthralled with the poignancy and vigor expressed in the selected readings.  Of particular note was the two closing poems one from each poet that drove home the multi-hued, diverse, affirming, and qualitative characteristics that define and shape the strength and character of women. 
 
Karen Faris, poet & aaduna contributor; bill berry, jr., (aaduna publisher,) and Christine Green at  the Words on the Verge event.  (Photo by:  Lisa Brennan)

Hosted by writer and poet, Christine Green, and convened at A Different Path Gallery, located on Market Street in downtown Brockport, this event marked the start of the Verge’s 2017 season and made clear that this community literary event would further define and expand the creative horizon and vitality that exists in that community.  For more info about the reading series go to wordsonthevergebrockport.blogspot.com   







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Saturday, January 28, 2017

word, revisited....KICKS OFF on March 9th!



Join us on March 9th, for the kick-off of the revamped spoken word and open mic program- word, revisited, featuring Michele Jones Galvin.

Michele Jones Galvin decided to use the early months of 2017 to move through a mental and spiritual period of reflection and renewal. Many of us make similar resolutions; however, Michele’s thirty plus year career in public service and community activism suggests that she will be on point and purposely pursue her path to accomplish her goal. 


As Michele ventures towards reinventing herself with a fresh view of intriguing possibilities in this new year, each of us has the potential to do the same. Michele shares, “I know public speaking will be a big part of that.”


Michele shares her thoughts about her creative non-fiction book, co-authored with her Mom, Joyce E. Jones. 

"The work is based on genealogical research and our family ties to Harriet Ross Tubman, Greatest Conductor of the Underground Railroad. The book chronicles the family saga from the survival of the Middle Passage, to slavery on the eastern shore of Maryland, to eventual freedom in Canada, and finally settling in Cayuga County. Told from the perspective of descendants, “Beyond the Underground, Aunt Harriet Tubman, Moses of Her People” portrays the life, times and accomplishments of America’s famed abolitionist. “Beyond…” is an intricate mix of memoir, family lore and historical reconstruction. The book culminates as it speaks to the pivotal role of race, color and discrimination in the lives of Tubman, her family, and her descendants."

The Cayuga Museum has partnered with Olive Trees and aaduna for this new community series exploring original writing in all its diverse, intriguing, provocative, and exciting forms. Simply called “word, revisited,” this bi-monthly series will present a featured writer, poet, and other creative individuals who primarily use words to define and construct their artistry and means of expression.

"word, revisited" will enable participants to listen to, and then react to what they heard, what they felt, what moved them via a Q&A period with the presenter. After a brief intermission, the stage will host an open mic period for further expressions of creativity. Sign up for this community “sharing” will occur at the door before the program starts and time limitations will be determined by the number of willing sharers. 
Are YOU thinking about open mic?   Click Here
 
Doors open at 5:30 for open mic sign-up, and the program begins at 6 PM. $3 Admission.

word, revisited will occur on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, March - June. Full schedule here: http://cayugamuseum.org/word-revisited/



Saturday, January 21, 2017

Four for the Fourth…Get Involved !!!!!

The fourth month of the calendar year is April. 

April is National Poetry Month. 




To resonate with numbers, “aadunanotes,” the official blog for the literary and visual arts journal, aaduna, will host and post four poems/day for every day of the fourth month.  That is 120 poems made available to our global, multicultural reading public.  120 poems to be discovered, enjoyed, and discussed.  120 poems that can be shared via social media.  You can make this happen. 

Participate.  

Empower "aadunanotes" to be the platform for you to share your poem with the 97 countries within our current reach.  

To be involved, the process is simple. 

Your poem can be published or unpublished.  No overall theme. No review and decision making.  One poem/poet.  First come, first served to gain an available slot.  Your poem should be submitted as a Word.doc with your name and residential locale (City, State or region/Country) in the top left corner. (No pdf.)  Please use Times New Roman font, 12 font size.  Each poem will be posted exactly as formatted. 


We strongly encourage a current “selfie” to accompany your poem (though not a requirement,) and that photo will be placed next to the poem. (Submit photo as a jpg file.)

Send your poem to info@aaduna.org, and put "4 x 4" in the subject line.

We will acknowledge receipt of the poem up to 120 poems. Please submit your poem as soon as possible, and  no later than March 12, 2017.

Four for the Fourth.  Celebrate National Poetry Month!




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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

SUBMISSION CALL!!!!!




Submission deadlines are

March 14 for the summer 2017 issue

July 15 for the fall/winter 2017 issue

November 16 for the spring 2018 issue! 


Further submission guidelines can be found at
http://www.aaduna.org/submission-process/
 

aaduna, initially published in February 2011, is currently read in 97 countries and has published the work of 250 contributors to date.

It is published under the auspices of aaduna, Inc. a registered New York State non-profit corporation and 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.
 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017







We wish you a new year of

No back, hip, or knee pain and successful surgery if that becomes your road

Finding wellness…no ear, head, or tooth aches…no other bodily discomforts.

Ability to accept the reality that age and life-style brings its own dimensions and consequences to our health that we can change, if we want to.

Willingness to listen to viewpoints that offend our sensibilities, and the ability to filter those thoughts through a process of critical thinking before arriving at a conclusion.

Taking action when necessary. Becoming involved.

Loving others because that is in our hearts even if we know that this love will not be returned to us.

Being able to say what we need to say even when the choice of words may offend the ears of those listening to what we have to say.

Being able to manifest kindness to others, even strangers, because it is the right thing to do.

Accepting blessings without questioning as to why.

Living Life to its fullest.


HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Stay creative,

bill


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aaduna - a timeless exploration into words and images - is a globally read, multi-cultural, and diverse online literary and visual arts journal established in 2010.  Visit us at www.aaduna.org where we put measurable actions to our words.





Help us build community!  Share with your friends,  "like" our Aaduna-Inc facebook page and follow us on twitter @ aadunaspeaks !  


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