Sukrita Paul Kumar, born in Kenya, currently lives in Delhi, India where she writes poetry, creates tantalizing artwork, and teaches literature. Currently, she holds the Aruna Asaf Ali Chair at Cluster Innovation Centre, University of Delhi. An Honorary Fellow of the prestigious International Writing Programme, University of Iowa (USA), Cambridge Seminars and a former Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, she has served as poet in residence at Hong Kong Baptist University, China, as well as an honorary faculty member at the Durrell Centre at Corfu (Greece.) Dr. Kumar is a recipient of many international fellowships and residencies, and has published several collections of poems in English from her experience of working with homeless people, Tsunami victims and street children. Sukrita has penned major critical works, edited /co-edited several books, and served as director of a UNESCO project on “The Culture of Peace.” She edited Mapping Memories, a volume of Urdu short stories from India and Pakistan. A known translator deeply interested in oral traditions, she emits her creativity in other mediums. A solo exhibition of her paintings was held at AIFACS, Delhi, and Ink and Line, is a book of poems written on her paintings.
Darrell Urban Black was born in Brooklyn, New York, grew up in Far Rockaway, New York, and currently lives in Frankfurt, Germany where he continues to draw and paint in pursuit of his artistic dreams. As a child, Darrell made spaceship models eventually placing his artistic visions on paper resulting in some 500 drawings, and creating phantasmal spaceships that eventually carried him to a unique wonderland of strange forms and colors. In high school, he excelled in science with an affinity for outer space and a continued fascination with spaceships. From 1982-1992, he served in the National Guard and then the Army for his last four years of military service. Mr. Black earned a B.S. degree in the Science of Criminal Justice Administration at the University of Phoenix. In April 2001, he was nominated by the German government as a “candidate of the year’s prize for promising young artists” for his artwork titled “The Invasion” in the exhibition “The Zeppelin in Art, Design, and Advertisement” where his work was cited as “universally appealing and representing a topic which concerns all of us – the universe”. His cited image, titled “The Cosmic Linen,” was executed with a unique glue and acrylic on linen technique. His work has been featured in many local, national and international group art exhibitions and permanently displayed in a number of art galleries, museums and other institutions in America and Germany. Mr. Black is a member of the Veteran Artist Program abroad (EuroVAP.)
Robert Bharda, originally from New York City, has resided in the Northwest U.S. where for the last 35 years he has specialized in vintage photographica (everything from salt prints to polaroid) as a profession. His illustrations/artwork have appeared in numerous publications, both in the U.S. and abroad, and are current on covers of Naugatuck River Review, Blue Five NoteBook, and within recently published Cirque and Rio Grande Review. His portfolios of images have been featured in Cahoodahoodaling, Blue Five, Superstition, aaduna, Serving House Journal, The Adirondack Review and are forthcoming in The Critical Pass and Santa Clara Review. Also a writer, Bharda’s poetry, fiction and critical reviews have been published in The North American Review, Northwest Review, Shenandoah, Quarterly West, Willow Springs, ACM, Cutbank, Fine Madness, Kansas Quarterly, Yellow Silk, Poets On, Conclave and many others, including anthologies.
Allen Forrest is a prior aaduna contributor who initiated his relationship with aaduna back in October 2014. In this special moment, his artwork graces this issue’s spring 2017 anniversary cover and Allen will exhibit a body of work in the summer 2017 issue. Born in Canada and bred in the U.S., Mr. Forrest works in many mediums: oil painting, computer graphics, theater, digital music, film, and video. Allen studied acting at Columbia Pictures in Los Angeles, digital media in art and design at Bellevue College, receiving degrees in Web Multimedia Authoring and Digital Video Production. Forrest has created cover art and illustrations for several literary publications; his paintings have been commissioned and are on display in the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection. Forrest’s expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh creating emotion on canvas.