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    Nada Odeh

    In this issue, Nada Odeh explores aspects of her culture through an essay that informs and creates a more compelling interest in her culture that is all too often overlooked in western societies. Her visual work can be found in The Kuta Gallery. And just as interesting, her non-fiction piece is not just informative but offers a glimpse into the culture that continues to captivate her artistic viewpoints. Recently, Nada completed a wall mural in Syracuse, New York that depicts and celebrates the subtle nuances and spirited mindset of her cultural background.

    Anita Nahal, PhD, CDP

    Guest Contributing Editor

    Anita Nahal, PhD originally from India, is a poet, short story writer, children’s books author, diversity consultant and professor. She has two volumes of poetry, one of flash fictions, one edited volume of poetry, and three children’s books to her credit. Her poems and flash fictions can also be found in Aberration LabyrinthConfluenceBetter Than StarbucksaadunaRiver Poets JournalColereLapis Lazuli and in a number of Medium publications. An adjunct professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC, Dr. Nahal has completed her first novella. Some of Nahal’s former positions include: Mellon Fellowship program administrator, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington DC; assistant provost for International Programs, Howard University, Washington DC; visiting associate professor of History at SUNY, Binghamton, New York; and associate professor of History, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, India. She has been a visiting scholar of gender at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, SUNY, Binghamton, NY. Co-founder of the 2020 monthly live stream series, “Tan Doori Gup Shup,” later this fall, Anita will start as an aaduna commentator exploring all things poetry. Her planned column “Poetry Imagined and Reimagined” will showcase and discuss poems, styles content, and contexts of and by poets from all over the world. More information will be announced on www.aadunanotes.blogspot.com towards the end of the summer. Dr. Nahal is a guest contributing editor for this issue.

    Anita Nahal, PhD originally from India, is a poet, short story writer, children’s books author, diversity consultant and professor. She has two volumes of poetry, one of flash fictions, one edited volume of poetry, and three children’s books to her credit. Her poems and flash fictions can also be found in Aberration LabyrinthConfluenceBetter Than StarbucksaadunaRiver Poets JournalColereLapis Lazuli and in a number of Medium publications. An adjunct professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC, Dr. Nahal has completed her first novella. Some of Nahal’s former positions include: Mellon Fellowship program administrator, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington DC; assistant provost for International Programs, Howard University, Washington DC; visiting associate professor of History at SUNY, Binghamton, New York; and associate professor of History, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, India. She has been a visiting scholar of gender at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, SUNY, Binghamton, NY. Co-founder of the 2020 monthly live stream series, “Tan Doori Gup Shup,” later this fall, Anita will start as an aaduna commentator exploring all things poetry. Her planned column “Poetry Imagined and Reimagined” will showcase and discuss poems, styles content, and contexts of and by poets from all over the world. More information will be announced on www.aadunanotes.blogspot.com towards the end of the summer. Dr. Nahal is a guest contributing editor for this issue.

    Karen Faris

    Guest Contributing Editor

    Karen Faris uses words and art as her primary mediums of artistic expression. Author of the 2020 chapbook, “The Death of Compassion” as well as Grumbles the Novel andother chapbooks, “A Few Poems,” and  “The Strings of Motherhood, The Artist Book. her work has appeared in aaduna, descant, great weather for media and on other literary sites such as Spine Magazine, a journal of book cover design. Faris has read at several New York State venues most notably “Words on the Verge” in Brockport, NY; the open mic sessions at “word, revisited” in Auburn; Books, Etc. in Macedon, NY; PH Gallery+Studio in Troy, NY and at Rochester Spoken Word with both readings in July 2018. She was the featured speaker at “word, revisited” in Auburn on October 11, 2018 and participated in “NOT NORMAL: Art in the Age of Trump” in Syracuse, NY that same month. Her book, Before There Was Yonder (with illustrations by Katherine Weston) was published in August 2018. Her performance piece, “Aliens Like Us” (with Pilar Arthur-Snead) was performed at ArtRage Gallery in Syracuse in November 2017. Faris reformatted “Aliens,” and presented it as a full theatrical production as part of the Fringe Festival in Rochester in September 2019. As an artist, Faris exhibited her artwork at the Cayuga Museum in the summer 2019 as part of the Museum’s Central New York Emerging Artists series. She has also exhibited at the July 2018 Albany Gallery Members and Friends show, as well as the Link Gallery at Rochester City Hall as part of the Artist Breakfast Group Show in December 2017. A graduate of the NYFA Boot Camp: Artist as Entrepreneur, Ms. Faris continues to reside in Rochester, New York. She is a guest contributing editor for this issue.

    Michael Rhynes

    Michael Rhynes has been in prison for the last 35 years.  From the inhuman depth of the New York State prison system, he has explored and advanced his humanity through the eye of the needle that is art. Prison art is different from worldly art, simply because it’s learned under the strangulation of prison regulations that obscure the space between being human and that of being a beast. Prison art has been the boon of Michael’s existence.  Without prison art, he would have choked to death long ago.  Despite the enormous bastion of repression, Mr. Rhynes has lived under his creative light that continues to shine forth. Over his decades in prison, Michael has had a poetry chapbook published entitled, “Guerrillas In the Mist.”  He has been nominated for a “Pushcart” prize by aaduna.  In 2009, he co-created and co-founded The Phoenix Players Theater Group (PPTG) at the Auburn Correctional Facility (see phoenixplayersatauburn.com) in Auburn, NY  which is still going strong today.  He participated in four performances produced by PPTG.  He appears in the documentary “Human Again,” which won several awards from film festivals.  For almost 10 years he helped facilitate Monday night poetry classes at ACF and created a poetry class at the Attica State prison also in New York. At Attica, he created and co-founded “Third Prison From the Sun Theater Group.”  Michael has also performed in the chorus with the world famous Glimmerglass Festival in its production of “West Side Story” at Attica. Michael’s poems, short stories, and articles have been published by Flying Horse, Climbing the Walls, The Advocate, aaduna, The Buffalo Challenger, Justica, Olive Trees, Spark, Inside/Outside, Scope, Writers Block and phoenixplayers at auburn.com. Michael obtained his associates degree in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences from the prestigious Cornell University Prison Education Program (CPEP). His non-fiction piece is also featured in this issue.

    Charles E. J. Moulton

    Charles E.J. Moulton with 16 books, over 160 pieces ranging from short stories, articles, writings on spirituality, mystery, crime fantasy, romance, erotica, sci-fi, horror, drama as well as academic research papers was born on September 8, 1969. His mother was the renowned operatic mezzosoprano and Vienna Music Academy vocal professor Gun Kronzell (1930 – 2011.) His father was the author, actor, and baritone Herbert Eyre Moulton (1927 – 2005). Mr. Moulton is the editor-in-chief of “The Creativity Webzine” and author of “Aphrodite’s Curse: 21 Tales of Love and Terror.” Married with a daughter, he is a regular contributor for The Screech Owl and Idea Gems. Charles has written for The Horror Zine, Asylum InkCheap Jack Pulp, Contemporary Literary Review India, SNM, TWJ, Paradigm Shift, Shadows Express, Aphelion, Skirmish, Idea Gems, Shadows Express, Redhead, The Woven Tale Press, Socrates, Blood Moon Rising, Indiana Voice Journal and the Swedish magazine Barometern.  A stage performer since 11, Moulton has sung and acted in 115 stage productions to date and worked as a drama and vocal-coach. A vocalist with The J.R. Swing Connection, he has done concerts with The Charming Boys, The Charles Moulton Band, The NPW Philharmonic Orchestra, Mother’s Darling and The 4-Men Trio. He filmed a soccer film for the Schalke Arena and appeared on the cable channel SAT 1 “Auf Streife.” With voice-overs for Swedish films, Charles has collaborated with Luciano Pavarotti and participated in a performance of “Dance of the Vampires” in Vienna for Johnny Depp. He has worked as a trilingual tour guide at the Renaissance palace in Kalmar, Sweden. He teaches Italian; worked as a radio-speaker; created visual art as a painter­ and his stage roles are Scar in The Lion King, Masetto in Don Giovanni and a young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. 

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