Adanna Literary Journal

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. We 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.

Adanna is a member of  
Community of Literary Magazines and Presses [CLMP].

2019 Release - in our 9th year - Issue #9

Issue #8

Join us for a reading of Issue #8
on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 2 p.m.

Readers include:
Jennifer Companik
Carol Fixman
Sandra Graff
Nancy Gerber
Deborah Gerrish
Robin Littell
Maxine Susman
Therese Tiger


this year in Portland, Oregon at AWP

Issue #7

Issue #6

Featured Readers:
Nancy Gerber
Maureen Fielding

Bénédicte Kusendila
Rosemary McGee
Ilene Millman
Carey Salerno
Sherry Stuart-Berman


Poetry Reading Event of "Women and Spirituality"

Sunday, May 22 /2016

@ 3 PM

Church of St. Mary
Grand Hall
440 Grand Street
New York, NY  10002

Cristina Baptista
Amy Barone
Maryanne Hannan
Jennifer Ann Jones
Francey Jo Grossman Kennedy
Mary Ladany
Mary Ann Miller, Guest Editor
Mary Tautin Moloney
Fr. Andrew More O’Connor, Cover Art
Christine Redman-Waldeyer, Founder
Ann Ritter
Maxine Susman

Also reading: Mary DiLucia and Mary Tautin

Father Andrew More O'Connor poses with "The Pregnant Virgin"

From left to right back row:  Mary Tautin Moloney, Father Andrew O'Connor Jennifer Ann Jones, and Maryanne Hannan
Left to right middle row:  Maxine Susman and Mary Ladany
Left to right front row:  Cristina J. Baptista, Amy Barone, Francey Jo Grossman Kennedy, Ann Ritter, Christine Redman-Waldeyer and Mary Ann Buddenberg Miller


Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016
at 3 pm
TK Music
211 Darling Avenue, 
Nutley, New Jersey

The event intertwined music by women composers with poetry of
Adanna's special edition, Women and Spirituality

Laura Boss
Laura Byro
Laura Freedgood
Marion Goldstein
Jessica De Koninck
Mary Ladany
Mary Ann Miller, Guest Editor
Christine Redman-Waldeyer, Founder
Susanna Rich
Maxine Susman

The Adanna Literary Journal is a privately funded press.  We thank all of our contributers and readers who help support Adanna as both subscribers and entrants to our contests.