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    Catherine C. Poku

    Catherine was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to Ghanaian, West African parents who immigrated to the Western world to achieve professional degrees in the 1960’s. Her parents were part of the wave of intellectuals from the African continent, and her love of stories came from them recounting their pre-colonial Ashanti oral history, legends, folklore, and childhood experiences, which lured Catherine to a place of reverie. Ms. Poku earned a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University (Montreal) and a Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her inexhaustible love for writing plays and short stories started in her early teens. She wrote

    fan-fiction in her Thirties, and poetry since her early Forties. She launched a blog of original short stories, poetry and anecdotes in 2013, and her poems were recently published on RiverLit.com and in The New York Times, Metropolitan Diary section. Reflecting her multicultural experiences {Poku is tri-lingual; raised with an Italian extended family in an Irish neighborhood while attending Catholic elementary and high schools,} Catherine embodies a global community with unlimited opportunities of who she can be. Her scope of possibilities, as well as those of her characters, lie outside the limited box of stereotypical or assumed social and demographic parameters and perceptions.  Read Publisher Bill Berry’s interview with Catherine:  http://aaduna.org/summerfall2015/conversations/conversation-with-catherine-poku/

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    Persecution Avenue

    Persecution Avenue, a prior aaduna contributor and chat guest on “Conversations,” joins the limited cadre of creative people who have presented work in more than one genre in the same issue. He has the unique ability to dissect the male point of view on issues that are routinely seen as female or effeminate without sacrificing the masculinity of his characters. He holds a baccalaureate degree in English Literature from Coppin State University and plans to pursue a MFA at the University of Baltimore in the fall 2015 semester.

     

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    Persecution Avenue

    Persecution Avenue is a pseudonym for a creatively diversified artist who resides in Baltimore, Maryland. A prior aaduna contributor and chat guest on “Conversations,” Persecution’s nuanced and layered poetic and spoken word pieces tend to depict “relatable instances of masculine strength and urban struggle.” He defines himself in this way, “I am a classically educated multi-platform, multi-genre freelance writer; currently, penning academic, business, creative and technical endeavors, full-time. Both professional and powerful, my writing is a living testimony to the effectiveness in combining an urban upbringing with international, pragmatic experiences.” Persecution explores controversial issues of unwanted fatherhood, “down low” relationships, father abandonment and abortion rights for men by offering a voice to frequently overlooked masculineness aligned notions. He dissects the male point of view on issues that routinely are seen as female or effeminate without sacrificing the masculinity of his characters. He holds a baccalaureate degree in English Literature from Coppin State University and plans to pursue a MFA at the University of Baltimore in the fall 2015 semester.

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