Todd developed an interest in art as a young child through influences from his grandfather, Cyril Foster, and later in life by Professor Long, a noted artist and teacher in Auburn, NY. Mr. Foster continues to sketch and paint whatever he sees or feels at any given moment of spontaneous creativity, and his work in imbued with a backdrop story behind each piece. In 1978, Foster experienced a significant situation, which literally changed the course of his life. A drunk driver hit a sign pole that hit the side of Todd’s head causing a life long seizure disorder. Todd recollects, “My thoughts of my future were taken away from me in an instant and caused a lot of unanswered issues. My grandfather, Cyril, helped me get through this difficult time by drawing me out with a focus on my artistic ability. In 2008, I was diagnosed with “T” cell Lymphoma. I told the doctors to tell me what this is and I’ll beat it. I did. I beat it; however, one year later, I was re-diagnosed with Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma (CTCL.) This one cancer has no cure! You can receive thrice weekly treatments that will keep it at bay. Eventually I stopped those treatments because of the cost. While I’ve had other issues to come up, I’m ‘ok’ with those developments. God told me that it’s not my time yet. I need to continue my drawings and paintings.”
Geoffrey, published author, playwright, spoken word performance and visual artist, and director of original theatre was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1964. Mr. Holman studied advertising art and design in high school, as well as at the State University of New York at Farmingdale where he added early childhood education to his collegiate studies. After college, he founded The Nue Liberation Theatre Group, a New Jersey based touring theatre company. Over the years, he has produced and directed several of his own stage and spoken word productions at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café, the Bowery Poetry Club and many other venues in New York City. In 2007, One Legged Cow Press published his Songs of Brick & Steel Giants, and his collection of poetry with illustration, Ghettoetry was published by Publish America in 2009. aaduna welcomed his work in its fall 2012 issue. Currently, Holman has completed two plays, “A Comfort of Opposites” and “Jumpin’ Turnstiles (and other misdemeanors),” which he hopes to open in the 2015/16 season as a fully executed stage production. “Jumpin’…” is currently in workshop with The National Action Network’s National Action Artist Activist. An avid activist, he is involved with National Action Network, The Color of Change, Black Lives Matter, and the National Wildlife Federation. Mr. Holman is currently working on a new collection of poetry and illustrations titled “Flames For A Nue Revolution” with foreword by Summer Hill 7 set to be completed 2015. He resides in the Bronx, NY.
Originally from New York City, Robert Bharda (Ward) has lived in the Seattle area where for the last 35 years he has specialized in vintage photographica as a profession, everything from salt prints to poloroids. 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 recent Conclave 8, Cirque, Rio Grande Review, and featured portfolios in Cahoodahoodaling and The Adirondack Review. Other portfolios are scheduled to appear in Blue Fifth and another cover illustration for the summer 2016 Naugatuck River Review. Also a writer, his 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, and many others including anthologies.
Read publisher, Bill Berry’s conversation with Robert: http://aaduna.org/summerfall2015/conversations/conversation-with-robert-bharta-ward/