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Aberjhani Aberjhani
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Author, Editor, Poet, Catalyst
Writing and editing books in multiple genres, including fiction, history, memoir, and creative nonfiction. Also: composing poetry, blogging, writing syndication-quality articles and editorials, and serving as a publishing consultant liaison.
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    Writer and Editor, 2001 - present
    Aberjhani is a winner of The Choice Academic Title Award, the Thomas Jefferson Journalism Award, the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait VIP Dot Award, Best History Book Award, Best Poet and Spoken Word Artist Award, and Notable New Jersey Book of the Year Award. His most recent book, published spring 2014, is the literary reference collection titled Journey through the Power of the Rainbow, Quotations from a Life Made out of Poetry. His current works in progress include the creative nonfiction book, Greeting Flannery O’Connor at the Back Door of My Mind, on culture and history in Savannah, Georgia; and The Boy with the Guerrilla Decontextualized Face, on the rampant practice of utilizing partial truths to distort larger public realities and the various dangerous consequences of the same. He is also at work on a new volume of previously-unpublished poetry.
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Savannah, Georgia - England, Germany, Alaska
Working scribe: member of PEN American Center and the Academy of American Poets.

Though I’ve lived in different places throughout the global village, I was born in a house in Savannah, Georgia (USA). That event took place less than a mile from the often-touted childhood home of acclaimed author Flannery O’Connor and roughly 3.5 miles from where celebrated poet Conrad Aiken rests at literary peace in Bonaventure Cemetery.

The Carnegie Branch Library, founded just before the Harlem Renaissance and an important refuge during his childhood for the Pulitzer Prize-winning James Alan McPherson, stood about a mile away in one direction while the Savannah River flowed eagerly along a mile away in another direction. I would like to say something here about the author and actor Charles Perry as well but know too little about his early years in Savannah to say how or where our southern stories might intersect.

These unique elements of Savannah’s literary culture did not make it inevitable that I should grow up to become an author and editor of history, literary fiction, poetry, essays, memoir, and journalism. It is, however, more than likely that they played some meaningful (known or unknown) role in me beginning to write in order to place the adventures and misadventures of my life into a usable perspective. Among the bibliographic lessons learned and shared thus far are these: 

  • Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry (2014)

  • Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black (poems & stories, 2012)

  • Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance (history & biography, 2003/2010)

  • The Wisdom of W.E.B. Du Bois (essays & quotations, 2003/2010)

  • The River of Winged Dreams (poems & introductory essays, 2010)

  • ELEMENTAL, the Power of Illuminated Love (ekphrastic poems with art by Luther E. Vann, 2008)

  • The American Poet Who Went Home Again (memoir & essays, 2008)

  • The Bridge of Silver Wings (poems, 2008)

  • Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World (novel, 2007)

  • I Made My Boy Out of Poetry (short fiction & poems, 1998)

Once an author has invested a certain number of tears (of joy as well as sorrow) and dreams (that inspire as well as terrify) into the creation of books filled with his or her deepest realizations, nothing really speaks so precisely about who that author is as do those hard-won compositions. It is not that we believe our literary productions represent the sum total of our lives. It is only that producing them becomes some of the most brilliantly-endured and fiercely-lived moments, hours, days, and years of our existence. 


P.S. ALSO: I’ve been blessed to walk in the company of more than a few angels and these are some of them:

Angel of Hope’s Persistent Flight

Angel of Healing For the Living the Dying and the Praying

Angel of Peace

Angel of War

Poets of the Angels

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I’m sure I’ve written far more articles and essays about #BarackObama than I have poems. However, most of the #articles were published as part of my former AXS Entertainment #CulturalArts column and those became inaccessible when AXS back off from the political and social-advocacy components of its publications last year. Hopefully, either I or one of the always-appreciated tech-angels will be able to make at least some of them available in an #eBook and/or through another online venue.

When I first heard about Mr. Obama’s 2008 campaign, I did not take it seriously but believe it was a courageous gesture likely to #inspire someone in the future, just as #MartinLutherKingJr, Jessie L. Jackson, Shirley Chisolm, and other #AfricanAmericans had inspired him. Then I had an inexplicable dream that showed him facing off against a rival in Iowa and suddenly growing 50 feet tall. That #dream prompted me to start taking notes & paying closer attention.

I began #blogging about him because I detested the online insults and bullying directed toward him because he dared to #exercise the #ConstitutionalRight to run for the #presidency. And sometimes directed at him because he had been identified as a lover of #poetry & an occasional #scribbler of the same. In short, he was a bit a #literary #nerd or #geek who wielded #language with rare powerful persuasiveness. That, aside from our African-Americanness, was something with which I could identify.

During his second term, the blogs evolved into longer #political #articles examining attempts at #guerrilla #decontextualization and erasures of documented #history. I may re-post some of them for #BlackHistoryMonth but for now am featuring #poetry:

An African-American author reevaluates mass media assessments regarding the exceptional legacy of President Barack Obama, doing so through lens of art, prose, & poetry.
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A lot of well-known people to whom the world said goodbye in #TheYear2016 were individuals who #inspired me in different ways at different times. They were #writers, #artists, #singers, #composers, #leaders, and #educators who sometimes filled otherwise empty moments with #meaning and #beauty.

In acknowledging their deaths I have tried to emphasize #gratitude for the unique #gifts of their shared #talents rather than dwell on grief over losing them. Their physical selves may be gone but the #inspiration they gifted #humanity may very well shine lights of #hope & #empowerment for generations to come.

#2016YearInReview #Authorship #ForthcomingBooks2017 #AuthorsAtWork #WritersOnLinkedIn #AuthorsOnGooglePlus #NewYear2017 #GooglePlus_Poets

Taking a non-flinching look at the year that was 2016 and contemplating implications for the New Year 2017.
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So who do you think won the first #presidential #debate for election campaign 2016 and who do you think is likely to win the second?

If the #criteria for #winning is #knowledgeability and an overall balanced #perspective on the most significant #issues of our time, the question of who won should not be too hard to answer.

While I confess to admiring Donald Trump’s willingness to participate in the American #democratic process in such a galvanizing fashion, his dismissive bravado is hardly a desirable substitute for the kind of diplomacy needed in the Oval Office. For an example of #dismissiveness in question, revisit the September 26 debate and look at how often he ignored #AfricanAmerican #LesterHolt’s requests and instructions as they were discussing #race relations. There’s a problem there.

Regardless of how anyone might feel about a particular #candidate, the element of #leadership #capability should not be ignored. I wanted to #write cannot be ignored but too many people have already #demonstrated a willingness to do exactly that.

#HillaryClinton #DonaldTrump #ElectionYear2016 #DemocracyInAction #RockTheVote #CampaignZero

How does the year 2016 compare to the year 2015 so far and what's it probably going to look like in 2017? Making sure your ballot counts is one way to influence change. So is learning about Campaign Zero and sharing your thoughts on how to #MakeBetterHist
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My heroes and sheroes of #inspiration within this present moment of history as we attempt to heal from the massacre in #Orlando, #Florida (USA), and we observe the first anniversary of the killings in #Charleston, South Carolina, are very simple. They are people who at some point found themselves tempted to inflict violence upon the world but chose instead to exercise Love.

The word #Love in many ways has become so trivialized by commercialism that it is easy to forget that Love itself possesses real power. We rarely honor that power or its achievements the way we acknowledge events associated with #war. That is probably a very big mistake on humanity’s part because given the cultural and geopolitical issues that tend to separate us, Love is one of the few forces capable of unifying us and it possibly matters more than anything else.

#WeAreCharleston #WeAreParis #WeAreViginiaTech #WeAreBoston #WeAreNYC #SpanTheGap #OmarMateen #NonviolentConflictResolution #Diversity #Multiculturalism #CompassionHealsLives #EndingTerrorism #Quotes #QuotationArt #GunViolence #GunLaws

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So much of Muhammad Ali’s #inspiring life was documented while he lived that there seemed little else for a #writer like me do other than quietly utter a public Thank You. As it turned out, I was wrong.

People like #MuhammadAli are not just #TheGreatest. They are profound human #enigmas who somehow manage to transcend all of our socially-assigned categories at the same time that they, paradoxically, come to represent them better than anyone else. Different examples from all periods of #history, various #nations, and #diverse #demographics might come to mind for all of us. We are living in an extremely volatile time when the example represented by Ali simply cannot be dismissed or overstated:

#AmericanBiographies #RadiantHeart #AgapeLove #AmazingHumanBeings #Diversity #AfricanAmericanMen #AmericanMuslims #GlobalIcons #Multiculturalism #Heroes

Academic Title Award-winning author Aberjhani reflects on the enigmatic meanings of the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali.
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New York City’s Harlem was not the only Black community to thrive during the Renaissance. Many historians and people in general considered “Black Wall Street” a model of what African Americans could achieve when given access to opportunity.
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Taking a look at the new racialized media machine expanding across America and throughout Europe.

Tags: Monetizing Racism, Multiculturalism under attack, teaching diversity, defending democracy, 2016 End of Year Review. The Year 2017.
For the more sensitive souls among us, the notion of monetizing and exporting racism is too obscene to think about, especially in to...
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It might sound strange to hear someone say they were #inspired by a hurricane but in a way that’s what happened when #HurricaneMatthew forced me to dig through some stored boxes I had not touched in years. Within the boxes I found a set of #research #notebooks from the early #1990s. They contained important notes on how I met a certain #artist and how that meeting led to the #inspired #creation of one of my #books.

I am not only #grateful for the #rediscovery but for having "made it through the #storm" :

#Ekphrastic Ekphrasis #ArtBooks #Art912 #ELEMENTAL_The_Power_of_Illuminated_Love
Author-Poet Aberjhani offers a rare glimpse into the creative history and process that gave the world a modern classic of ekphrastic poetry and art by Luther E. Vann.
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Cooperation between white publishers and black authors was an important part of what made the Harlem Renaissance such a powerful movement nearly 100 years ago. It turned out to be a win-win for the #diverse #stakeholders involved, including general #citizens of #America still struggling to break free of the less-apparent psychological restrictions of #slavery inhibiting advances in the practice of #democracy.

The reference to 100 years ago should indicate that the progress which got underway in #crosscultural #publishing during the #HarlemRenaissance opened the doors of #equal #opportunity wide enough for African-American authors to keep them open. That did not happen.

In 2016 industry #leaders find themselves pondering all the different ways that racial factors dominate important decisions ranging from such considerations as who to publish or not publish, to who should be included or excluded when it comes to #editorial boards and other decision-making teams.

Earlier this year industry reps circulated a #survey inviting me and other #BlackWriters to share what it felt like to have been disregarded for much of our careers based more on race than the quality of numerous works written but never published. The unacceptable irony, for me, of participating in such a study is that it may provide additional opportunities for those administering it but not for those taking it. I believe, however, that #communication as a whole is a good thing and for that reason appreciate this story from #NPRBooks:

#DiversityInPublishing #TeachingMulticulturalism #MulticulturalLiteracy #CulturalLiteracy

For writers of color, the lack of diversity in book publicity departments can feel like a death knell.

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It is a very strange thing to go from celebrating the life of someone like Muhammad Ali one day and then waking up the next contemplating the unhinged mind of a hate-filled gunman capable of murdering 50 people in a club. As villainous as the gunman’s individual actions may be, Americans can no longer avoid the question of why we insist on empowering such persons to rain down horror upon the world.

We know the steps which can be taken to at least reduce the chances for such mayhem to occur over and over again. Yet we refuse to take them based on logic that repeatedly proves to be tremendously faulty and often extremely deadly.

For most who claim “allegiance” to a particular terrorist group, the idea of “radicalization” is mostly one way to dramatize an insanity that has been seeking a means of expression for reasons having nothing to do with those claimed. What is the excuse of those who make our laws? Does it really all boil down to dollars and promises offered by lobbyists?
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A lot of people apparently prefer to act as if the destruction of what has become known as “Black Wall Street” in #Tulsa , #Oklahoma (USA) never occurred. But it did, and the quietly dignified way that #survivors have addressed the issue since then truly is #inspiring  .

Now, 95 years later, it is less necessary to assign guilt or blame than it is to continue establishing means of #Nonviolent_Conflict_Resolution to avoid any such destruction in the future. That is one of the central points of President #BarackObama 's visit to #Hiroshima and it should be one of the most important lessons we take away from much of our more painful shared histories. Just as importantly, lives lost under unjust circumstances deserve to be commemorated.

#BlackWallStreet   #MakingPeaceWithHistory #CompassionHealsLives #CompassionHealsWorlds #NationalHistoryDay #NHD2016 #Mindfulness #RaceRelationss #Diversity #Coexistence
Once upon a time in 1921 there was an African-American community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where people had achieved their own amazing version of the American Dream. And then someone turned it into a nightmare that left 300 dead.
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One of the strangest things about #humanity and those #inspiring people we call #heroes is how some move us to do things we #celebrate for centuries while others can cause a lot of regret just a few years later. In those cases where regret has emerged maybe it is a good #idea to #encourage ourselves to #DoTheRightThing .

At least those trying to build a consensus in regard to one #controversial name are making an effort to turn regret into something a lot more #inspirational :

#EugeneTalmage #MemorialBridge #NationalHistoryDay #MakingHistoryCount #BeInspired #Bridge #Survey

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