A new series of interviews called CREATIVE CONVERSATIN’, hosted by the author-poet Aberjhani will kick off March 7, 2007, at The Black Skylark Z-Ped Music Player, the author's website on Authors Den. According to Aberjhani, the series will “feature talks with poets, musicians, artists, fiction writers, and other creative types discussing the agonies, ecstasies, and absurdities of what we do.”
The first installment of the series will present an engaging dialogue between Aberjhani and the poetry editor for ESSENCE Magazine, Angela Kinamore. With more than one million subscribers and a general readership projected at more than seven times that, ESSENCE is one of the most successful magazines in the world. Ms. Kinamore’s position has allowed her to grant hundreds, if not thousands, of poets their wish to see their name in print before this worldwide audience.
“Fortunately for me,” said Aberjhani, “ESSENCE editorial director Susan L. Taylor presented Angela with a copy of my first book, I MADE MY BOY OUT OF POETRY, back around 1999, and she enjoyed it so much that she decided to publish some of the work from it in the magazine. CREATIVE CONVERSATIN’ reverses the dynamics of our work relationship because it’s now my honor to publish on my website a piece in which Angela discusses her well-informed insights on poetry, spirituality, race, and other topics.
“But I’m also glad to say that she’s still my editor because she just recently told me that the magazine is publishing one of my poems in the forthcoming April edition. And since April is National Poetry Month, I consider that a pretty big deal.”
Future guest interviewees in the series will include, among others, jazz-musician and poet Toussaint St. Negritude, currently switching creative bases from operations on the West Coast to operations on the East (specifically Philadelphia), and the gifted Washington Post literary critic, Darryl Lorenzo Wellington.