The American poet who went home again – Aberjhani was born as Jeffery J. Lloyd on 8 July 1957 in Savannah, Georgia. He is also a historian, a novelist, editor and a columnist. The poet is better known as the co writer of the Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance is a 2003 encyclopedia of the lives, events, and culture of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s to 1940s.
He graduated from the Savannah High School in 1975, and went on to study journalism and creative writing at the Savannah State College, the Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, Temple University in Philadelphia and the New College of California in San Francisco. He completed additional studies in journalism at the Fort Benjamin Harrison School of Journalism in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Aberjhani took this pen name as an adult and said he was influenced more by literary movements than individuals. In pursuing humanitarian works he founded the online Creative Thinkers International community in September 2007 to support creative nonviolent conflict resolutions following 9/11. This community consists of more than 500 independent artists from around the globe,and works on issues like human liberties in the present context and the potential role of the cultural arts in helping to maintain international peace.
His works have been complied into many books like“Christmas when music almost killed the world” , “I made my boy out of poetry”, “The river of winged dreams”, “Elemental: The power of illuminated love”, “Visions of a skylark dressed in black” and his memoir ” The American poet who went back home again.”
Aberjhani says that, “the best thing about being a writer is the way it has helped me to grow as a creative human spiritual being.” and this is felt in some of his rare quotations……
The Past Present and Future are One:
In a Quiet Place on a Quiet Street:
Journey through the Power of the Rainbow:
Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black:
Civilization and Human Nature: