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 He is also at work on a new volume of previously-unpublished poetry.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

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. 

Aberjhani



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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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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The thing about being friends with an accomplished #artist like Luther E. Vann for 25 years is that sooner or later you’re bound to give in to the impulse to play with the idea of creating visual images of your own. I spend too much time immersed in syllables of varying connotations to hope to ever become a true #painter  or #sculptor  or #photographer  . But…

After finally making my “separate peace” following Luther’s physical death, I was able to complete an #essay addressing some of the more frequent #themes of our conversations: #ErasureOfHistory  , #jazzmusic  , #Literature  , & #CreativeInfluences  .

Because the #essay  is running this week as a 3-part article series, I wanted to include pieces of visual art as a small tribute to the great artist and to mark the 8th anniversary of the publication of ELEMENTAL.

To do that, I used a group of #photos  & #video  that I took of him around this time two years ago. These #inspired  the different art graphic title panels posting with each installment of the essay. I say more about this in my Visionary Vibes blog but for now here is the first in the series:

#LutherEVann   #ArtAndArtists   #ContemporaryArt   #InternationalArtists   #SavannahArtists   #Savannah_GA   #ArtNews   #Art912  
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Authors and other #inspiring #creative #artists often tend to be multifaceted beings with fluid adaptable personalities. In her new article on #SavannahArtist Luther E. Vann, journalist Linda Sickler provides some indication of what that meant in the life of a 21st century #painter and #sculptor with deep roots in both #SouthernCulture and New York’s #HarlemRenaissance:

#LutherEVann #Art912 #SavannahArtists #GeorgiaArtists #InternationalArtists #AfricanAmericanArtists #InTheNews


Savannah has lost a treasure with the passing of internationally renowned artist Luther E. Vann. By integrating the physical with the spiritual in his work, Vann created paintings that can be found in collections around the world.
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It is not very difficult to overlook the administrators and guides who keep museum doors open to provide #education and #inspiration for residents across the globe. But if different wars around the world have taught us anything in the past five years, it is how painful it is to lose treasured #legacies that give so much meaning to our daily lives and aspirations. Consequently, I feel very fortunate to be able to wish the #JepsonCenter for the #Arts in #Savannah a very Happy 10th Anniversary.

#TelfairMuseums   #Art912   #Georgia   #MickaleneThomas   #ClaudeMonet   #JackLeigh  
​When the doors of the Jepson Center for the Arts opened to the public in Savannah, Georgia's, downtown Historic District on March 10, 2006, it served as one more important reminder that the city is much more than a time-capsule filled with unique Civil War memorabilia.
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David Bowie was one of those rare kind of #performing #artists who #inspired different people in different ways. He made #musicians want to be more cutting edge and encouraged #fashion #designers to reach beyond whatever they thought their #creative limitations might be. But even more, he challenged nations to correct the culture of #racism and #xenophobia that forced so many to live economically and politically oppressed lives.

#DancingWithDavidBowie #DavidBowie #MusicReviews #IndigenousPeople #ClassicVideos #Dance #LetsDance


Dance is a political strategy that says “yes” to life as opposed to the corporate and terroristic manipulations that so eagerly promote polarization and glorify violent entries into death. Simply put, that is one important reason David Bowie's 1983 Let's Dance video (directed by David Mallet) is ...
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The #International #Community seems to be at some kind of #tippingpoint on this #HumanRightsDay as we approach the end of the #Year2015 . The question at this point seems to be whether we are going to choose to travel a more #healing & #loving path in the #Year2016 or remain on the current one of so much pain and destruction. 
If the idea of loving those whom you have been taught to recognize as your enemies is too overwhelming, consider more deeply the observation that we are ...
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The intention is always good. Sometimes, just misdirected in expression; if we don't weed the hurt and anger from our hearts, we create in negativity rather than nurturing ways. Let's create from love in the coming year. In all ways.
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Maybe the best way to #study  & #history  is to help it live up to its potential. Is such a thing even possible? The best way to find out is to try:

#SpanTheGap   #SavannahNews   #EugeneTalmadge   #Bridges   #SocialResponsibility   #NationalHistoryDay   #1stAnniversaryCharlestonMassacre   #HateCrimes   #Multiculturalism   #Diversity   #ClementaCPinckney   #Survey  
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Heroes of #inspiration and heroes of the #imagination can come in many different forms. The #Earth is one kind of hero because it continues to host and sustain #humanity despite the many abuses that have been heaped upon it.

The great musical genius #Prince (a.k.a. Mr. Prince Rogers Nelson) was another kind of #hero who #inspired #millions because he fought to live life on his own terms. The battles he waged––losing some but maybe winning the most important ones––make it possible for many others to seek and claim their own inspired #dreams.
 
And then there’s a man named Al Gore…   
 
  #ArtistKnownAsPrince   #RememberingPrince   #ColorPurple   #EarthDay   #ClimateChange   #AlGore   #Purple   #NPM16   #NationalPoetryMonth   #tedtalks   #Poem  
Author-Poet Aberjhani lends his support to the movement to reverse destructive climate changes produced by human activities.
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Not every #poem written by every #poet #inspires us. Some have the exact opposite effect. But the ones that motivate us to confront painfully challenging situations or to rise above self-imposed limitations are worth acknowledging as both #inspirational & #empowering. For a lot of people that’s what #NationalPoetryMonth is all about:

 #NPM16 #CelebratingPoetry #PocketPoem #MakePoemsNotWar #JazzAppreciationMonth
“Individuals often turn to poetry, not only to glean strength and perspective from the words of others, but to give birth to their own poetic voices and to hold history accountable for the catastrophes rearranging their lives.” --Aberjhani from Splendid Literarium: A Treasury of Stories, ...
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Sometimes #inspiration comes in the form of #innovators who dare us to take chances outside our comfort zones. With that in mind, although I’m not sure where the Freed #Reads initiative might lead me as an author, or #publishing as an industry, I am #inspired by the bold #altruism of such an extraordinary #enterprise

And just in time for #ValentinesDay.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/christmas-gets-valentines-day-weekend-reboot-author-poet-aberjhani?trk=hp-feed-article-title-publish
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In the midst of the world's many extreme situations these days the voices of #artists sometimes grow more and more powerful. I have found #inspiration in quite a few of them, including #TomaszAlenKopera & #GeorgeRedHawk throughout the #international #community :

#Hope #Compassion #CreativeVision

Astonished might be the best word to describe my response to the extraordinary gif featuring the reportedly blind Native American George RedHawk's amazing animation of Polish artist Tomasz Alen Kopera's 2014 oil on canvas titled “S14.” That it had been posted by the TedX Colombo chapter along ...
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On this #HumanRightsDay #2015 I find myself deeply inspired by the #passionate #devotion & #creative #vision of the #artist Marie Uchytilová. She died struggling to complete a #sculpture that she was determined would stand as an #unforgettable #monument to #children victims of #war.
#YouTubeVideo #Aberjhani #Compassion #Remembrance

“If the idea of loving those whom you have been taught to recognize as your enemies is too overwhelming, consider more deeply the observation that we are all much more alike than we are unalike.” ©2015 quote and art by Aberjhani (from Splendid Literarium: A Treasury of Stories, Aphorisms, Poems, ...
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