A native of Savannah, Georgia, and former U.S. Air Force journalist, Aberjhani has authored and/or edited more than 2 dozen books and journals of fiction, history, poetry, essays, and biography. His acclaimed works include the Choice Academic Title Award-winning “Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance” (2003, e-book 2010, co-authored with Sandra L. West), the frequently-quoted “Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry” (2014), his popular “The River of Winged Dreams” (2010), and the ekphrastic art and poetry collection “ELEMENTAL The Power of Illuminated Love” (2008, featuring art by Luther E. Vann).
Among his works addressing the history and culture of his hometown are: “The American Poet Who Went Home Again” (2010, a memoir), “The Savannah Literary Journal” (1994-2001), “Savannah: Immortal City” (2011, as editor), “Savannah: Brokers, Bankers, and Bay Lane” (2012, as editor), and “Literary Savannah” (2011, contributing poet). In addition, he previously served as a literary reviewer for the Georgia Council for the Arts (1995-1996), and as a member of the Poetry Society of Georgia (1995-1997) headed the Critics Committee and held other Executive Board Member positions as well.
The author is well-known for his fellowship with various cultural workers/creative artists and has been a consistent supporter of the principles and ideals championed by the PEN American Center/ International PEN, and the Academy of American Poets. He founded the popular Creative Thinkers International social network in 2007 and the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance Initiative in 2012. In January 2014, he joined the worldwide Charter for Compassion campaign.
In addition to publishing a blog on his Bright Skylark Literary Productions website, Aberjhani also maintains a regular online column via AXS Entertainment and publishes a blog on LinkedIn’s Pulse News platform. His awards include: the Thomas Jefferson Journalism Award, the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait VIP Dot Award, Best History Book Award, Best Poet and Spoken Word Artist Award, Best Author Award, and Notable New Jersey Book of the Year Award.
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