Raphael Chim, (aka Wung Cheong, Chim) is a resident with no risk of deportation, of the Hong Kong SAR, a tiny shantytown along the southern borders of China, a college student majoring in English, and a sort of aspiring writer. As of this moment, he is revising a rather bizarre novel entitled Encyclopedia Apocrypha, whose length would undoubtedly never live up to its premise of being an encyclopedia and from which the excerpt published in this issue is taken. Another excerpt of this novel, by the title of Egg Tarts, was published in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. His research interests, if such a term applies to undergraduates, are philosophers whose name begin with Hs, and most of whom appeared to share a certain obscurantist tendency, and who no doubt influenced him in not-at-all subtle ways, in the sense he takes great pleasure in frustrating his readers. He suspects it is a symptom of some chronic Oedipal fixation. And now, as in this very moment within-the-text, in authorial time, he has no idea what else to write, and so this paragraph, this biography of a sort, comes to its end.
Patricia Roth Schwartz, poet, memoirist, fiction writer, playwright, and editor, has published six volumes of poetry, including Planting Bulbs in a Time of War, Other Poems, and Charleston Girls: a Memoir in Poems of a West Virginia Childhood (FootHills 2016.) Ms. Schwartz is also widely published in several small press journals including Nimrod, Clackamas Literary Review, South Carolina Review, Palo Alto Review, Iron Horse, and Blueline. For two years, Pat, as an adjunct instructor, taught college courses to inmates at the Cayuga Correctional Faculty in Moravia, New York through the Inmate Higher Education Program of New York State. From 2001 to 2015, she also served as a volunteer inside the Auburn Correctional Facility in Auburn, NY where she conducted a weekly poetry workshop with inmates. In 2008, she was named their Volunteer of the Year, and has edited four published books of their work. She is currently writing a memoir about her experiences as a prison volunteer. In 2010, Patricia was awarded two arts grants through the de-centralization program of the New York State Council on the Arts, one grant for a Literary Arts Reading Series convened at the Waterloo Library & Historical Society, and the other for herself to read and conduct workshops throughout the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Pat frequently presents writing workshops in several diverse venues including libraries, high schools, and art centers. Her volume, The Crows of Copper John: a History of Auburn Prison in Poems, initially issued in 2013 by Olive Trees, will be re-issued in Jan. 2017 by FootHills. She lives with her partner, Sandy Zohari, and dog Rosie on their thirty-five acre property, affectionately known as Sage-Thyme Haven in the Finger Lakes.
Zacqueline Baldwin-Sease is a senior at Thomas J. Corcoran high school in Syracuse, New York. “How do know when you’re ready”, “Crawl Space”, and “No” in this issue of aaduna is her first publication. Her passion for writing developed over the past five years as part of the Young Authors Academy at her local YMCA. She has taken classes in fiction, poetry, and digital storytelling, and her YAA poetry teacher is published poet Georgia Popoff. During those years, she realized her passion for writing streams from a desire to be listened to, and to encourage others. Zacqueline thrives to be a screenwriter who writes an Oscar worthy Disney movie. Her other passions include dance and photography, and she also enjoys psychology and philosophy. She invites readers to reach her at email@example.com
John W. Crowley, now retired, taught American literature on the college level for forty-two years. He has published about fifteen scholarly books and a hundred or so essays and reviews. He has also written an unpublished novel. Hasn’t everyone? He has lived in Central New York most of his adult life, much of that time in “Sweet Auburn! loveliest village of the plain” (Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village ).
Laurel Speck is a nineteen-year-old sophomore attending Chapman University in Orange, California. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Television Writing and Production and a minor in Music. A lifelong passion for exploration, creativity, and the arts has led her to growing a fondness for self-expression through the outlet of writing. This is her first publication ever; she owes this success to the encouragement of her high school expository writing teacher, Mrs. Little. She hopes her efforts inside and outside of school will lead her to a career writing for a television series.
James N. Giannettino, Jr., was born and raised in Auburn, New York. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served five years, stationed in Wichita, Kansas and Spokane, Washington. Upon completion of his enlistment, he and his wife returned to Auburn. He then earned a B.A. degree, with a major in history, from Columbia College of Missouri. Afterwards, he attended SUNY Oswego to pursue a M.A. degree, with a major in American History and a concentration in the American Civil Rights movement. Currently, Jimmy is an adjunct professor of American History at Columbia College of Missouri’s Hancock Field campus. In Auburn, Jimmy has been an active member on a number of local not for profit boards including the Cayuga Museum of History and Art, Perform-4-Purpose, and Majorpalooza. In 2015, he was elected to the Auburn City Council. Jimmy and his wife, Toni have been married for 20 years and have two children, Andrew, 16 and Gracie, 13.
Daniel Ross Goodman, a writer, rabbi, and Ph.D. candidate at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) of America in New York, is studying English & Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He has published in numerous academic and popular journals, magazines, and newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, Tablet, The Weekly Standard, Haaretz, and Harvard Divinity School Bulletin. His first-published work of fiction, a short story (“The End of Days,” Bewildering Stories, 2015), won two awards (the Spitzer Prize and the Mariner Award), and his second short story (“Prélude à l’après-midi d’un rhinoplastie: or, When the Rabbi Went for a Nose Job”) appears here in the Fall 2016 issue of aaduna.
Sarah Frances Moran is a writer, editor, animal lover, videogamer, queer Latina. She thinks chihuahuas should rule the world and prefers their company to people ninety percent of the time. Her work has most recently been published or is upcoming in Acentos Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Bop Dead City and Chiron Review. She is editor/founder of Yellow Chair Review. You may reach her at www.sarahfrancesmoran.com
Laura Raicu was born in Bucharest, Romania and currently resides in Chicago where she teaches high school English. She studied creative writing and psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been writing and telling stories since she was a child. She enjoys singing, writing songs, and trying new restaurants with her boyfriend. She is currently at work on a novel.
William C. Blome writes short fiction and poetry. He lives wedged between Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC. Mr. Blome is a Master’s degree graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. His work has previously seen the light of day in such fine little mags as The Alembic, Amarillo Bay, Prism International, Fiction Southeast, Roanoke Review, Salted Feathers and The California Quarterly.
Sneha Sundaram is an entrepreneur and poet. Her background and education is in Engineering and Business, but poetry has always been the voice of her conscience. Her poems have been published in Noctuid Review, Right Hand Pointing, Yellow Chair Review, Whirlwind, JACLR, Asahi Shimbun, and The Fem among others. She has won prizes and commendations in the British Council ‘Inspired By Museum’ contest, Capoliveri International Haiku, the 20th Kusamakura International Haiku, Polish International Haiku, Golden Haiku and other contests. Sneha is currently working on her poetry and a non-fiction book.
Rich Tijerina, self-titled hacker adventurer poet (pedrk.com) shares,
I wander the world
I control the binary
North South East West
I am the American
Sit at the feet
Of he who masters
Janice Winkler is an Argentine writer who has published two printed books and one e-book in Spanish in Argentina, as well as “lives” essays and short stories on local online magazines. A participant in other creative writing endeavors, including spoken word monologues and poetry readings in Spanish, she works as an English teacher, translator and literary arts therapist at one of the main city hospitals in Buenos Aires. As a passionate writer, Ms. Winkler has a deep fascination with the English language, and a profound enjoyment of the practice and challenge of writing in her second language. Janice’s fiction work is also in this issue.
Jonathan Beale has more than 450 poems published in over thirty-six journals and anthologies such as Decanto, Penwood Review, Danse Macabre, Poetic Diversity, Voices of Israel in English, The English Chicago Review, The Four Seasons Anthology, Voices of Hellenism Literary Journal, The Beatnik Cowboy, and Storm Cycle Anthology (Best of Hurricane Press 2015). Mr. Beale was commended in Decanto’s and Café writers Poetry Competitions 2012. His work has also appeared in such books as ‘Drowning’ and ‘The Poet as Sociopath’ (Scar publications). His first collection of poetry ‘The Destinations of Raxiera’ is published by Hammer & Anvil. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Destinations-Raxiera-Jonathan-Beale-ebook/dp/B018F6GWQ6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1452199641&sr=1-1&keywords=jonathan+beale. He is currently working on his second volume. Mr. Beale studied philosophy at Birkbeck College London and resides in Surrey, England.
Janice Winkler was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she got a degree in Literary, Technical and Scientific Translation. She has worked in different areas of translation with literature, film and advertising being her top fields of expertise. She has also studied proofreading, creative writing and screenwriting at different Literature schools based in Buenos Aires.
Paulo Sayson, writes under the name Paul Pokes. He was born in General Santos City, Philippines. He trained in journalism during high school, and has a degree in teaching Mathematics. He has taken writing/literary courses at the University of Michigan and Ohio State University. Currently, he teaches English as a second language to students and business professionals residing in Japan.
Karen Faris holds a B.A. in English Literature from McGill University. Her work is informed by many jobs in many places, tenure on the Irondequoit Conversation Board, and a lifetime of thinking and searching for the things that matter most. Faris is the author of the cheerful dystopian novel, Grumbles:The Novel (Whimsical Publications, 2015). Her short fiction has appeared in the on-line journal, Empty Sink Publications, and other short fiction, book reviews, and essays also have appeared on the website, RewritingMarySue.com.
Itoro Udofia is a fiction writer, singer/songwriter, and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She loves to tell stories that showcase strong female protagonists defying social conventions. As a first-born generation African writer, writing in this way is a liberating process. Her publications include, Daughter of the Diaspora, Red Hen Press (2017), “Preparation,” in aaduna (2016), “The Birth” published in Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism (2014), “Friendship,” in Saraba Magazine, and “First Generation” in Edge Literary Review (both published in 2015). Ms. Udofia is currently a writing fellow at the Grotto.
Jacques Wakefield has been published in aaduna (spring 2016,) Anthology of American Literature, 9th edition, volume 2 (Pearson), The Write Room (www.thewritemag.com), Lilies & Cannonballs Review (Vol.3 No.2), Classifieds: An Anthology of Prose Poems (Equinox Pub,.) and Connections: New York City Bridges in Poetry (P&Q Press.)
Lauren Morton is a Salisbury, Maryland native with a passion for narrating the young millennial woman’s experience. She holds a M.A. in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution and a B.A. in Sociology with an English minor from Salisbury University. She is currently a part of the Odyssey online writing community where she explores a wide range of topics covering anything from race, gender and trends to current events. She has crossed the United States twice on a road trip from coast to coast, settling where she currently resides in Sacramento, California as a Behavioral Paraprofessional.