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  • 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.
  • American-born author Aberjhani is an historian, columnist, novelist, poet, and editor. Although well known for his blog articles on literature and politics, he is perhaps best known as co-author of Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance and author of The River of Winged Dreams. The encyclopedia won a Choice Academic Title Award in 2004.

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  • Presented by Creative Loafing News Magazine
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  • Published and announced in 2000 Savannah Literary Journal
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  • Featu5red new and selected poems.
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  • Presented by the American Library Association
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  • Presented by USAFE of Germany and Great Britain
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  • Bronze Medal
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  • Presented by the NJ Center for the Book under the umbrella of the Library of Congress Center for the Book
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