1957 –


Who is Aberjhani?

Born in the United States, Aberjhani was educated at several American colleges according to his posted CVs and served in the U.S. Air Force and Reserves for almost a decade. His writing career started with the Air Force as a photo-journalist and editor in Alaska and England. He later became a well-known spoken word artist and poet. His work appeared frequently in ESSENCE Magazine during the 1990s but he himself withdrew from public performances to become a caregiver, an experience the author has described in his book, The American Poet Who Went Home Again. His versatility as a writer is exceptional because he has published more than half a dozen books and won recognition in just about every category: journalism, poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, history, etc. Depending on who you ask, he's most famous for either his first book, I Made My Boy Out of Poetry, or the Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, which won three major awards.

Despite the publication of his books through traditional and modern independent means, Aberjhani continues to practice a free-style kind of journalism, publishing in online outlets like Examiner, Huffington Post, and New York Daily, but also continuing to publish stories in print media. As the National African-American Art Examiner, he published articles on a number of controversial and popular topics, including the high profile Troy Anthony Davis and Mark Allen McPhail case. His articles on the life and death of Michael Jackson were frequently distributed around the Internet and translated into different languages.

Famous Quotes:

  • "To create art with all the passion in one's soul is to live art with all the beauty in one's heart."
  • "As goes love so goes life."
  • "War poisons the land/ Like diseased minds downloaded/ into bowls of tears."
  • "Overall, my books represent a kind of shared communion and meditation with my fellow human beings… The books are also a part of what I call the great continuum of spiritual literary dialogue that I feel has been in progress since human beings first gave in to the urge to pray to their sense of something greater than themselves and interpreted certain signs or events or silences as responses to those prayers."
  • That good gardener, who wept thorns plowing his fields–– harvests grace with joy.
  • "Like a Passover Poet gliding from house to house and from trembling soul to trembling soul the wind scribbled sonnets of first time love and weeping haikus of last hours on earth."
  • “A river is nearly the ultimate symbol for the very essence of change itself. It flows unceasingly from one point of being to another, yet continuously occupies the same bed or pathway, and accommodates life’s endings with the same musical grace with which it accommodates life’s beginnings, along with all the muted and explosive moments that surface between the two extremes.”
  • Got just enough room/ to be a friend of yours./ Oh I hope you got room/ to be a friend of mine.
  • Life possesses an amazing array of profoundly sad faces.
  • Whereas the insufficiency of a love neither sustained nor supreme cannot be ignored, the same should not be taken as cause to avoid one’s total spiritual contractual engagement to this world.

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Jul 8, 1957
Also known as
  • Skylark
  • African American
  • Multiracial American
  • Native Americans in the United States
  • United States of America
  • Publishing and Editorial Consultant, Bright Skylark Literary Productions
    (2004 - 2010)
Lived in
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater
  • San Francisco
  • Savannah
  • Fairbanks
  • Philadelphia
  • England
  • Minneapolis–Saint Paul
  • Indianapolis
  • Fort Lauderdale

on July 23, 2013


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