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Aberjhani Aberjhani
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Author, Editor, and Poet
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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    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 He is also at work on a new volume of previously-unpublished poetry.
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Working scribe who is also a member of PEN American Center and the Academy of American Poets.

Both of my current works in progress have given me reason to reflect on the creative passions that first drove me to lift a pen and confront the world through writing. One of the works is an anthology of sorts and the other a memoir.

I fell in love at an early age with the biographies of authors, poets, and artists. Like many others who have fallen headlong into that romantic dream, I wanted to live a life that reflected the kind of passionate courage, creative daring, and manifestations of genius that I imagined their lives did. Years later, like many others who have fallen headlong into that starry-eyed vision,  I realized that reading about literary heroes and sheroes was a lot easier than duplicating the triumphs of their lives. But has that stopped me from trying? Not at all.

If tempted or forced to identify any aspect or juncture of my literary career as regrettable, I would probably say it was the fact that family matters prevented me from touring after the publication of Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance (2003, Facts On File/Infobase Publishing). But I would then have to point out that my years as a caregiver, as costly as they were on different levels, stand among the most richly rewarding in my life. Among those rewards is the fact that grace so often stepped in to compensate for the nonexistent book tours and placed Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance in libraries across the globe, making it one of the better selling books on the celebrated subject. To date, in this year of its 10th anniversary, it not only continues to sell in printed form but is part of the Bloom’s Literary Reference Online and African-American History Online education databases as well.

The Works Produced and Survived

It has often been said that in order for an author to write with commanding insight, she or he needs to experience as much of life as possible. But those who have dedicated yeas to the creation of one or two masterworks, or who complete one major project only to dive right into the next, know that writing itself is a core component of what constitutes “living” for authors dedicated to the craft.  We begin instinctively to measure years by the works produced and survived.

I no longer try to match the intense adventures that went into Hemingway’s breathtaking prose, the oracular historical scope that defines novels by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, or the jaw-dropping qualities that make the writings of a Toni Morrison, Albert Camus, or Shakespeare so singular. I treasure the realization that nothing made, or makes, them quite so great as their respect for the sound of their own literary voices. In addition to the aforementioned Encyclopedia, my voice continues to sing out through the following pages:

I Made My Boy Out of Poetry (fiction and poetry first published by the regional Washington Press in 1997); The Wisdom of W.E.B. Du Bois (Kensington Books and Open Road Media, 2003 and 2011); The American Poet Who Went Home Again (2008, Black Skylark Singing, 2008); ELEMENTAL The Power of Illuminated Love (2008, featuring art by Luther E. Vann); The River of Winged Dreams (a.k.a. The Bridge of Silver Wings, 2010, Black Skylark Singing Press); and Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black (2012).

In addition to blogging frequently (somewhat) at Red Room, I also share blogs and articles at CTI, AuthorsDen, and my column, "The National African-American Art Examiner" on  

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

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We usually expect stories about slavery to be set in centuries long past but the recent kidnapping of almost 300 Nigerian school girls has made it clear human trafficking remains very real and very horrific in 2014. No one enjoys having to contemplate something so heinous on the 100th anniversary of Mother's Day and yet in a case like this nonchalance and apathy are not options:

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One individual who has often inspired me is the world-renowned African singer Angelique Kidjo. Ms. Kidjo broke new ground musically as an African woman who dared to take great creative risks with her music and in her human rights advocacy throughout her career. She lends her voice in the final paragraphs of this story on the mass kidnapping of almost 300 girls in Nigeria.

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This is probably not what most of the world expected to find itself dealing with for the 100th anniversary of Mother's Day.

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Poets have inspired me for as long as I can remember, not only to write, bu to believe in the possibilities of life and love and joy even when it seems ridiculous to do so. 

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The authors are few indeed who can blend history, journalism, and political observation into the kind of inspiring literary craftsmanship that Gabriel Garcia Marquez created. I consider myself very fortunate to have been introduced to his work in college. Below is part 2 of a 2010 essay on the great Nobel Laureate's life and work. He defined himself as an artist so I am placing this post in that category. 

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Americans refer to April as National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month but every year more and more nations of the world embrace the celebrations.

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A powerful poet's voice is not something oppressive societies tend to appreciate very much.

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