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Curtain-Up…the encore

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  For the past few weeks, we have presented and teased readers with blurbs and excerpts for the forthcoming spring issue. We have even hinted at closure of these promo verbs. Well, as we all know, there are times when surprises are welcome and enjoyed. In that spirit, we present two poetry creatives whose work will grace the spring issue:   Kiel M. Gregory (photo provided) Kiel M. Gregory will have four poems in the issue, and here is the opening to: Shopping Cart Asks Me How I Feel   Some of my friends haven’t written since we’ve all been alone in our respective homes, and they tell me they’re scared they’re not writers anymore. I’m just glad they’re alive to tell me of their fears. I tell them watching porn and reading fiction and drawing stick figures are all productive activities.   Y ou will have to wait to read “ Chemically Induced for Intubation ,” and “A Heard.”   *** Howard Nelson (photo provided) Howard Nelson is a sta

Headz-Up! The malaise is evaporating.

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  Yesterday was spent hanging with the family of one of our daughters’ including two grands (son, 3½ and daughter, 14 months.) After a two-hour road trip, parents, grands, and children enjoyed an al fresco lunch in the backyard followed by short car trip for ice cream (opening day of Uncle G’s Ice Cream in Pendleton, NY) and then a walk along the Erie Canal. We have not seen this part of the family since November last year...even longer for fam in Brooklyn, NY, and the son in Hawaii (duh!?.) The youngest daughter is one city block away and we get to see her often in our “bubble.”   So, the “publishing slump,” is dissipating and starting tomorrow for the next several days, we will start to compile, format, layout, proofread, and publish the spring aaduna 2021 issue.   It is coming….And we will be quite pleased when it is finally launched.   <><><><>   The  aaduna  spring  issue   will  be launching  soon !   aaduna   -  an online adventure with words and im

The Diversity of Exuberance: Celebrating Graciousness, Spirituality, Unbound Creativity

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  When aaduna was born, it was within the nuances of creating a diverse, multi-cultural online literary and visual arts journal that would not position itself to favor “court” with any one particular societal demographic but stay true to providing access to creatives of color and folks who have been traditionally denied appropriate avenues to present work to a public readership. We achieve that with each issue. We are proud of the compilation of work in any given year that serves as a manifestation of our ongoing mission.     And we have always found it intriguing that even within a societal group, there is a rich diversity of thought, thematic inclinations, and particular viewpoints. However, within this concept of diversity and pluralism, there are humanistic themes and an awareness that threads and permeates   the richness of aaduna’s colorful creative mosaic.   Dr. Sarah Wyman is a college professor of English at a State University of New York college.  Ms. Janet Mason is a

Standing in the Test of Time

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  At  aaduna , we are mindful when prior contributors who we have published go forward with book deals; create new pathways for their work; discover and expand different levels of creativity, and build an increased audience reach. We are humbled when those folks return to us by submitting new work or sharing how they have transitioned their pre-established creative avenues towards artistic levels that stretch their imagination and our appreciation of their work. From our perspective, we are reminded of the overarching print and online publication universe, or what some may call a behemoth. So, with that competitive reflection, we remain focused on a visual hanging in the publisher’s kitchen, “Though She Be But Little, She is Fierce.” Photo credit:  bill berry, jr. aaduna is (s)he. {}{}{}     Mark Blickley  and  William C. Crawford  are two visionaries that will be back in the forthcoming issue.   Mark Blickley, (photo provided) Mr. Blickley will present two ekphrasis collaborations.