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An aaduna/Olive Trees Update
Developed in the summer of 1984 as the newsletter Re-connection Revelation, the publication sought to keep the members of a disbanded theatre company in contact with each other. Two years later, the name was changed to Olive Trees and opened to the general public for submissions. Currently, there are subscribers in 20 states. Around 2002-03, one of the publisher's colleagues, who conducted poetry workshops at the Auburn Correctional Facility, convinced him to publish a special issue featuring the work of Auburn inmates. Since then, the print edition keeps three pages available for incorporating the poetry of inmates statewide. Needless to say, Olive Trees is available at most correctional facilities in NYS. It is commendable that for a few decades, that publication has developed and maintained a diverse and wide audience of submitters and readers. I am arranging to meet with the publisher, Ron Van Nostrand, later this week or next. aaduna's mission states,
It will develop workable partnerships with...like-minded organizations...to create a vibrant environment where respectful dialogue and discourse is welcome.