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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. 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.

Upcoming Release dates


    2018 Release - in our 8th year - Issue #8



























Dr. Christine Redman-Waldeyer, Editor of Adanna Literary Journal pictured with Dr. Mary Ann Miller, Editor of Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry at the 2019 AWP Conference Portland, Oregon (March 27-30).

Letter to the Editor

Meet the Editor


 Christine Redman-Waldeyer founded the Adanna in January, 2011. An Associate Professor at Passaic County Community College, she earned her Doctorate in Letters with a Concentration in Writing, Drew University. 

Her book publications include Frame by Frame, Gravel, and Eve Asks with Muse Pie Press. She also has been published in Caduceus, Lips, Motif Magazine, Paterson Literary Review, Seventh Quarry, Schuylkill Valley Journal, The Texas Review, Verse Wisconsin, among others. She was a co-editor for Writing after Retirement: Tips from Successful Retired Writers, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 4, 2014.  Her poetry is fortcoming in Rain on Rooftops.

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