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CollectionsYour library (521), Favorites (2), All collections (521)

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Tagspoetry (72), biography (72), spiritual philosophy (59), american history (52), harlem renaissance (47), african-american history (42), race relations (41), mysticism (38), essays (34), african-american literature (34) — see all tags

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About meI am a member of the PEN American Center and the Academy of American Poets. Throughout 2010 and 2011, I enjoyed the amazing honor of serving as editor for the Civil War Savannah Book Series. Such a project would be an important one under any circumstances but for me it was especially so because Savannah, Georgia, is my hometown. And also because the first volume of the series has been published during the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War and during a year declared by the United Nations as the International Year for People of African Descent.

I also spent a lot of time from 2009 through 2012 logging stories as the National African-American Art Examiner

There, I covered stories about the controversial death row case of Troy Anthony Davis and Mark Allen McPhail, as well as the life and death of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Harry Belafonte, and stories on emerging artists in the American Southeast.

I did a lot of blogging at Red Room, where I was honored to be inducted into the Red Room Hall of Fame at

My latest books are: "ELEMENTAL, The Power of Illuminated Love"; "The American Poet Who Went Home Again," a memoir; the novel "Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World" which combines my passion for fiction and music; and the poetry collection "The River of
Winged Dreams" (2010).

My creative passions in general got a big boost in 2007 with the creation of Creative Thinkers International at .

However: it was my passion for books that led me to manage bookstores for more than a dozen years after having served as a military journalist for eight with the U.S. Air Force. When responsibilities as a full-time caregiver forced to stop managing bookstore, I picked up my pen and started writing again. In between doing what had to be done as a caregiver taking care of a parent at home, I somehow managed to produce three books: I MADE MY BOY OUT OF POETRY; ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE; and THE WISDOM OF W.E.B. DU BOIS.

The great thrill of co-authoring an encyclopedia on the Harlem Renaissance is that doing so meant reading tons of books on virtually every subject: history, biographies, fiction, drama, psychology, art, music, political science, race relations, poetry, sexuality, cultural trends, fashion, and much more. Until working on the encyclopedia, my library could probably be divided into categories of literary fiction, biographies, metaphysical studies, poetry, and African-American studies. Post the encyclopedia, the percentage of history books blew up in a big way.


About my libraryMy library is one that grew while I lived in many different places: colleges in Savannah, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Philadelphia; St. Paul, Minn.; and San Francisco; military and other travels all over the world. Call it an eclectic mix of biographies, spiritual philosophy, language dictionaries, history books, books I've written, books I wish I had written, French literature translations, Harlem Renaissance era reference titles, tons on my favorite poets such as Rumi, Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Rilke...

GroupsA Pearl of Wisdom and Enlightenment, African-American Fiction/Nonfiction, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, Biographies, Memoirs and Autobiographies, Book reviewers, Books on Books, Books that made me think, Editors, Researchers, Whatever, Jack Kerouac, Mystical & Spiritualshow all groups

Favorite authorsAberjhani, Isabel Allende, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Honoré de Balzac, Coleman Barks, Jorge Luis Borges, Albert Camus, Rosemary Daniell, Junot Díaz, Henry Dumas, Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, Aretha Franklin, Kahlil Gibran, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Franz Kafka, Dambudzo Marechera, Gabriel García Márquez, Toni Morrison, Anaïs Nin, Barack Obama, Ben Okri, Grace Paley, François Rabelais, Eugene Redmond, Sallie Ann Robinson, Jean-Paul Sartre, Susan L. Taylor, Jean Toomer, Luther E. Vann, Vaughnette Goode-Walker, Alice Walker, John Edgar Wideman, Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Shared favorites)


Other favoritesTelfair Museum Jepson Center for the Arts, The Diaspora Marketplace, Charles Morris Center, Red Piano Too Art Gallery, New Orleans Auction Galleries


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Artist and author Luther E. Vann (left) with Bernadine Lewis and author Aberjhani at the 2009 Savannah Book Festival.
Thanks so much, Aberjhani! I really appreciate the kind words, and I hope you have a wonderful year as well. :)
The online literary club, Girls Reading in the, known as, has over the past eight years gained a solid reputation as one of the more entertaining and informative literary sites around . Book lovers can get a generous sample of why by tuning in right now as the site’s gracious hostess, Marlive Harris interviews artist Luther E. Vann and author Aberjhani, the creators of ELEMENTAL, The Power of Illuminated Love at:

The interview is a revealing and sometimes provocative one in which Aberjhani not only discusses the impact of Senator Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential bid on his writings but dedicates a live reading from ELEMENTAL to the historic presidential campaign. In addition, Vann provides a rare glimpse into the creative dynamics and philosophy that drive the creation of his art.

Featuring more than 60 color reproductions of acclaimed work by Vann, and including award-winning corresponding essays and poetry by Aberjhani, ELEMENTAL was first selected as one of GRITS’ recommended titles in July 2008 and more recently joined the club’s listing of permanent book recommendations. The Telfair Museum Jepson Center for the Arts presented an exhibit of art from the book throughout the summer of 2008 and much of the poetry in it was previously published in ESSENCE Magazine.

To hear the interview, please go to:

For more information on ELEMENTAL, visit:


CTI News, Dec 2007—Following the recent release of a novel and collection of poetry, four books by the American author Aberjhani made the “Hot Titles List” on the popular AuthorsDen website at

“I’m grateful to say that all of my titles have been on the AD list at one time or another but this is the first time I’ve ever seen four on there at once,” said Aberjhani. “It’s kind of like an early Christmas present.”

The titles included on the list were: the poetry collection “The Bridge of Silver Wings”; the novel “Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World”; the award-winning “Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance”; and “The Wisdom of W.E.B. Du Bois.”

In addition, the author was recently the subject of an interview conducted by fellow writer Chase Von for The Student Operated Press. In the interview, they discuss Aberjhani’s newest work as well as his overall career and perspectives on the current literary scene heading into 2008.

The following are the aforementioned AuthorsDen Hot List titles with their respective links on AuthorsDen:





Thanks for letting me know about Creative Thinkers International. I'll be there.

Once again I am sitting here at my desk thanking you for this masterful review of my book. Thank you . . . Alive and kicking (although not quite as high as in earlier years, Jerry
I saw that we share an interest in poetry. I thought you might get a kick out of my book Anarchy Bell. It's unlike any poetry book you've ever read, I can guarantee it. It's viewable at Suburban
I'm sorry to report I haven't read the book yet. It was one of those I picked up at a used book store, hoping to get to it later. Later hasn't come yet. But... if it can be done and done well, Johnny Depp can do it. Didn't you know, he can do no wrong? lol
You're welcome. As I said, the attention is well deserved! I enjoyed the story about your name. I love the things that can't be explained away, don't you?
Great library. What an interesting range of subjects. I'm somewhat surprised that we share no books in common (tho i havent finished cataloguing yet) but going thru your library is giving me some ideas.
Thanks for that.

I`ve had a look at the link you provided, also at the one you entered in the Talk section re : reincarnation.

I notice you list Burroughs and Toni Morrison titles in your library - are they big influences for you ? The reason I ask,after I read the excerpts from `Boy` the other day, I found myself thinking about a particular time and place in my life. the only rational reason I can see was that Morrison and Burroughs were my favourite writers at that time. It would be interesting to know, though I appreciate you`re busy at present.

If you can find time, it would be great to have your input to the Du Bois group. One thing that would be interesting to discuss, is why his work still seems relevant today. I have my own ideas and I`m sure you have yours.

Anyway, all the best + good luck with the writing,

Glad to see you in the Mystical & Spiritual group.
Hi Aberjhani,

It was good to hear from you.

I was pleased you took my comments the way they were meant.

I keep more or less up to date with your stuff via the net - I read some excerpts from I Made My Boy Out of Poetry recently - the section (Part 5 I think) with the two prisoners Georgie and Juba was very vividly realised.

The Harlem Renaissance book sounds interesting too, that would be very much my type of thing I think.

If you can get Du Bois over to a wider audience, then that`s more than OK with me - I don`t think he would have wanted his work to be known mainly to academics, that`s very clear in his correspondence.

My wife are in the book trade and currently expanding the horizons of our business to incorporate new books as well as the rare/out of print titles which are our core market. With a bit of luck we should be able to carry some Du Bois and related titles - who knows your stuff might make an appearance in our listings too !

Anyway, I won`t take up any more of your time - thanks for getting in touch, it was
much appreciated.



P.S. I don`t know if you`ve noticed the Du Bois group I`ve started ? Feel free to drop in, it would be good to have your contributions.
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