Congratulations to aaduna nominees for the prestigious 2012 Pushcart Prize, the most honored literary project in America.

Thomas Lee, Fiction
Michael Rhynes, Non-Fiction
Frank A. Gladden, Fiction
Tamara J. Madison, Poetry

Keith Laufenberg, Fiction
Cyd Charisse Fulton, Poetry


  1. I read this story about Cole Black and I just wondered if it was true or not. Quite a discussion I have had with many friends about this story if its true or not but it was a really good story and I read it about a month ago but still think about it.


  2. I'm delighted to see Keith Laufenberg's beautiful story "Childhood" made available to a wider audience. Keith is one of our star writers here at Whortleberry Press. He is well worthy of a PushCart Prize. If whoever judges those PushCart Prizes has any literary sense, they will surely see that this great honor goes to Keith. IMO he has earned it -- many times over.

    -- Jean Goldstrom, Editor, Whortleberry Press

  3. Dear D.A.

    Thank you for your comments. I asked Keith Laufenberg to respond. Here is what Keith wrote

    Well, when I wrote the story "Childhood" I took the story from an article in the Miami Herald
    that moved me quite a bit; even though it was simply cold, hard news that offered little of
    this child's insides or his thoughts. I wrote it in his voice and simply felt that if I could just
    leave the story in a little better better shape than when I found it I would be satisfied and if it makes people think—and/or talk—than that's just a big plus. The irony of this story, to me, is that if it even generates enough attention to create a discussion than the story itself has outlived Cole Black, a fictional name for the actual child that the story is, primarily, about. Of course, the conditions—which are still there, by the way—that these children are forced to grow up in have to be eradicated ...period!

    Keith G.

  4. Dear Ms. Goldstrom,

    Thank you for your kind words regarding Keith Laufenberg's talents as a writer. He does have the ability to weave very poignant stories that captivate, entertain, as well as educate.

    Continued success with Whortleberry Press!


  5. Keith 's story "Childhood" is quite poignant. I feel it is worthy of the Pushcart Prize. Over the years, my magazine, Struggle, has published a number of Keith's stories, and in my opinion all or nearly all of them are worthy of the highest consideration. Frankly, I think he is building a major body of work, that he is a realist writer at the highest level. Keith seems capable of identifying with and expressing the inner feelngs and also the social life of a vast array of people. One might call him a chronicler, if he were simply describing existing people, but all these are people that he has conjured up in his imagination, yet that imagination is so fertile, and his observational eye so accurate, that you encounter his stories as if they were non-fiction accounts. And they are shaped to move the emotions and raise one's knowledge, so they are not dry lists of facts. I hold his work in very high regard and wish him good luck in getting some well-deserved recogniton.

  6. Keith is a writer that puts feeling into every word.Childhood is full of emotions that keeps your mind turning
    jerry byrne

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