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Why Adanna?

Adanna, a name of Nigerian origin, pronounced a-DAN-a, is defined as “her father’s daughter.”  This literary journal is titled Adanna because women over the centuries have been defined by men in politics, through marriage, and, most importantly, by the men who fathered them. Today women are still bound by complex roles in society, often needing to wear more than one hat or sacrifice one role so another may flourish.


While this journal is dedicated to women, it is not exclusive, and it welcomes our counterparts and their thoughts about women today. Submissions to Adanna must reflect women’s issues or topics, celebrate womanhood, and shout out in passion.  To learn more about Adanna, visit a Review by Bethany Zohner, "New Pages."  Adanna listed with Michael R. Burch's The HyperTexts.

Adanna is an independent and volunteer-run literary journal and small press founded in New Jersey with the intention to serve and support the community of writers and artists nationally and internationally. Adanna is a member of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) as part of our commitment to our missionWe publish work that speaks to women’s issues and topics.  The journal is funded independently by its founder, submission fees for our special editions and through sales of our journals.  This funding helps those who cannot afford submission fees and submit to our annual print publication.  A special thank you to our subscribers whose monetary contributions help offset costs.


Guest editors have included:  David Crews, Laura Freedgood, Deborah Gerrish, Rae Gouirand, Diane Lockward, Lynne McEniry, Mary Ann Buddenberg Miller, Michelle Ovalle, and Laura Winters. 


About Adanna's Founder

Christine Redman-Waldeyer founded Adanna in January, 2011. She is a Full Professor of English at Passaic County Community College, and has earned her Doctorate in Letters with a Concentration in Writing, Drew University. She most recently published a poetry collection, "Where We Nest," available on Amazon.


The Nest

by Christine Redman-Waldeyer
Available on Amazon
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