Aberjhani
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Aberjhani

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. He is also a visual artist known for his creation of the Silk-Featherbrush style and image series exploring contemporary social justice and cultural arts issues.

His acclaimed literary works include the Choice Academic Title Award-winning "Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance" (2003, e-book 2010, co-authored with Sandra L. West), "The Wisdom of W.E.B.Du Bois," his popular "The River of Winged Dreams" (2010), the frequently-quoted "Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry" (2014), 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: "Dreams of the Immortal City Savannah" (2019, memoir), "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. His photographic documentation of Hurricane Matthew's impact on the Historic District of Savannah in 2016 are some of the most dramatic images of the event.

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, the Academy of American Poets, and Charter for Compassion. He founded the popular Creative Thinkers International social network in 2007 and the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance Initiative in 2012.

In addition to publishing a blog on his Bright Skylark Literary Productions website, Aberjhani frequently updates profiles on Fine Art America, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest. 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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