Jay Brown creates powerful yet subtle visual images that makes the viewer’s imagination soar. Trained by a twice degreed colleague, what was Brown’s hobby easily morphed to the next stage. Her canvas started to purposefully transition. She explored therapeutic nuances through her renderings. She placed expressionism on the front lines turning temperament into something benevolent; making the gallery representation more than traditional landscape but less than figurative realism. Jay Brown evolved to be a multifaceted artist, who understood and embraced the demands of the marketplace and its effect on creativity and being true to oneself. Over a decade, Ms. Brown learned to use repetition, soft lines and layout to work her artistic composition, and she started to produce digital representations to further spark communication and reflection for her viewership. Jay holds a M.A. in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in history, political science, women and gender studies. Her graduate thesis offered a comparative analysis of HIV in mass media, not only because art, research, education and activism piloted the city of Chicago but because those themes can be used as a tool to examine social ills such as racism, class-ism and sexism. Some of her articles have been featured by the US Department of Education, Counter Culture Magazine and Fire Dog Lake among others. Brown can be found soaking up the city’s industrial art scene, ethnic food or K-love. Her other personal inclinations are diverse and wide ranging. Witness and acknowledge her penchant for hoarding cryptocurrencies, archery, pyrography, raising hell, eating chocolate and watching wrestling. ‘Nough said.
Charles “SeaBe” Banks has been writing full time since 2008. His published poetry book, “My First Poetry Book” is available through Amazon. His genre specialty is burlesque and ekphrastic poetry. Presently, his work can be found in “A Flash of Dark, Poetry & Flash Fiction- An Afro -Futurism Anthology” edited by Scott Williams. Banks’ work can also be found on Facebook and other social media sites. He has presented his poetry at internet open mics such as Blog Talk radio and other radio talk shows for over a decade. “SeaBe” has read at various Rochester, New York venues including Before your Quiet Eyes Bookstore, “Just Poets” monthly open mic, Greenhouse CoFFee connection, Flying Squirrel Community Center, and presented at the 2017 season opening of the monthly poetry series hosted by Rochester Poets. He has also read at “Words on the Verge” in Brockport, New York and was a featured reader at aaduna’s May 2018 4th annual fundraiser, “In the Spirit of the Harlem Renaissance.” In addition to painting “words” in vivid hues and textures, Banks is an accomplished visual artist.
William C. Crawford is a writer and photographer based in Winston-Salem, NC. He was a combat photojournalist in Vietnam, and has published extensively in various formats including fiction, creative nonfiction, memoirs, book reviews, and essays. He had a parallel career as a social worker and community organizer and wrote biting editorials on behalf of the powerless such as abused children, the frail elderly, and victims of enforced state sterilizations. He is known to fans as Crawdaddy and they also know his yellow Lab, Scout. His current book, Just Like Sunday on the Farm: Crawdaddy Remembers the Nam and After is a memoir featuring his essays and photos highlighting his time as a combat photographer in Vietnam in 1968. Afterwards, he and fellow vets toured the United States with their cameras, and he started to illustrate the photographic technique called “forensic foraging.” Crawford presented his images in the winter 2017-2018 issue of aaduna and this issue presents another perspective on his work.