A native of Savannah, Georgia (USA) Aberjhani 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. Also, as of October 2009, he is a humble and honored member of The Red Room Hall of Fame , and as of August 2011, the surprised recipient of a VIP Dot in the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait.
He is also an editor whose credits include Savannah Literary Journal, What Leaders Believe, and Savannah, Immortal City.
Among his own titles are: ELEMENTAL, The Power of Illuminated Love (2008, art and poetry, with artist Luther E. Vann); The American Poet Who Went Home Again (2008, creative nonfiction); The Bridge of Silver Wings 2009 (poetry); Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World (2007/2008, a novel); Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black (2006, poetry); Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance (2003, biography/education, Facts On File, with Sandra L. West); The Wisdom of W.E.B. Du Bois (2003, biogrpahy, Kensington Books Philosophical Library Series);and I Made My Boy Out of Poetry (1997, fiction and poetry, Washington Publications/iUniverse). He has also edited a number of titles for independent authors and academic institutions. ESSENCE Magazine listed his Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance among its recommended gift items, and Black Issues Book Review listed it among their “Recommended Titles for the Home Library.”Grits.com-selected ELEMENTAL, The Power of Illuminated Love as an ongong Recommended Book Club Title. Aberjhani served as a military journalist on two overseas tours of duty with the U.S. Air Force at Eielson AFB in Fairbanks, Alaska, and at RAF Lakenheath in England. He served an additional two years as an EOE counselor with the USAF Reserves at Charleston AFB, South Carolina.
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The writer made his national debut as an author in 1997 with a cover story titled “This Mother’s Son” published in ESSENCE Magazine. Following that initial introduction in the famous magazine, he went on to become one its most frequently published poets. In addition to editing the Savannah Literary Journal for some seven years, he also served as chairman of the critics committee for the Poetry Society of Georgia and has written freelance articles and poetry for Connect Savannah, Creative Loafing, and the Georgia Guardian.
Aberjhani is also the founder of the popular Creative Thinkers International website and maintains profiles on a variety of other websites, including the Ecademy, Link’dIn, MySpace, Amazon Connect, and Squidoo, where he utilizes lenses to donate to diverse charities.
Different poets and writers have influenced me in different ways at different times throughout my life. The poets of the Harlem Renaissance and the 1960s Black Arts Movements were the ones who inspired and almost compelled me to begin writing poetry as a teenager, especially Langston Hughes, Henry Dumas/Eugene Redmond, and Amiri Baraka. Then in college it was Nikki Giovanni, Federico Garcia Lorca and Pablo Neruda. Some years later when I was managing bookstores I came across the works of Jalaluddin Rumi and read everything I could find by him in English. And more recently, during the composition of The Bridge of Silver Wings, I didn’t feel so much influenced by the Prague poet Rainer Maria Rilke as I felt a kind of kinship with what he experienced while writing his Duino Elegies.
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