Location: Georgia, United States
Birthday: July 8
Web Page: http://www.author-poet-aberj…
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The author of eight books in multiple genres, including educational reference, biography, fantasy, mystery, poetry, history, and memoir, Aberjhani is a former editor for the U.S. Air Force and a native of Savannah, Georgia, USA. He is a winner of the Thomas Jefferson Award for his journalism, the Choice Academic Title and Best History Book Awards for his historical writings, the Creative Loafing C… Read more
The author of eight books in multiple genres, including educational reference, biography, fantasy, mystery, poetry, history, and memoir, Aberjhani is a former editor for the U.S. Air Force and a native of Savannah, Georgia, USA. He is a winner of the Thomas Jefferson Award for his journalism, the Choice Academic Title and Best History Book Awards for his historical writings, the Creative Loafing Critic’s Pick Best Savannah Author Award for general authorship, and the Connect Savannah 2006 Poet and Spoken Word Artist of the Year Award for his poetry. He is also a member of the PEN American Center and the Academy of American Poets.
Since 2009, Aberjhani emerged as one of the pioneers of online interpretative citizen journalism through his National African-American Art and Column. He has to date logged more than 100 informative and entertaining articles on such era-defining issues as the following: the case of Georgia death-row inmate Troy Anthony Davis; the life and death of cultural icon Michael Jackson; the Johnny Mercer Centennial; Gullah Culture; and profiles of artists working in the U.S. Southeast. His story headlines have been featured on thousands of sites, includes Forbes, Huff Post, the New York Daily, Black Voices, and others.
His books, four of which have Kindle editions, include: The River of Winged Dreams ; ELEMENTAL The Power of Illuminated Love (2008, with artist Luther E. Vann); The American Poet Who Went Home Again (2008); Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World (2007/2008); Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black (2006); Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance (2003, Facts On File); The Wisdom of W.E.B. Du Bois (2003, Kensington Books);and, I Made My Boy Out of Poetry (1997, Washington Publications/ iUniverse). He has also served as an editor for a number of titles for both independent authors and academic institutions. These include the textbooks Apex Thinking and What Leaders Believe, both for Mountain State University in Bluefield, West Virginia; and titles in the Civil War Savannah Book Series by Barry Sheehy, Cindy Wallace, and Vaughnette Goode-Walker.
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My favorite books generally tends to be the one that I'm engrossed in either reading or writing at the time. There are, however, those which have grown in meaning for me over a number of years. The following are just a few and by no means a definitive listing: --"The American Poet Who Went Home Again" --"ELEMENTAL, The Power of Illuminated Love" by Luther E. Vann -- "Beloved" by Toni Morrison -- "Collected Essays" by James Baldwin -- "The Known World" by Edward P. Jones -- "The Famished Road" by Ben Okri -- "The Runaway Soul" by Harold Brodkey -- "Cocteau" by Francis Steegmuller -- "The Essential Rumi" by Coleman Barks -- "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston