The month of April is always an exciting one at Bright Skylark Literary Productions. It arrives with opportunities to share, at a minimum, combined celebrations of National Poetry Month and National Jazz Appreciation Month with readers and audiences worldwide. This year, it is especially thrilling because in addition to regular features and highlights, the following special events are also scheduled to take place:
April 2: The Carousel of Sustainable Compassion Number 1, a more visually-oriented interpretation of Bright Skylark’s popular Conversations with the World series, makes its debut. The 25 quotation memes, digital posters, and artworks have been curated as a celebratory sampler of the many ways which writings by Aberjhani have supported the humanitarian values and visions of different organizations’ and individual’s platforms. They range from education and personal motivation to environmental sustainability, coexistence, human rights, and a great deal more.
April 4: The GoFundMe page for the Ike Carter and Aberjhani Music Heritage Project will launch to raise funds in support of the extended research, composition, and publication of a major volume on radio programmer and music historian Theron "Ike" Carter’s life and musical times. The campaign is slated to run from April 4, 2023 to June 30, 2023. The project is one on which a considerable amount of work has already been accomplished since January 2022. A legendary figure in the world of jazz, Carter is the previous manager of WHCJ Ratio Station at HBCU Savannah State University, and former president of the Coastal Jazz Association (now Savannah Jazz).
April 14: Publication of a special text edition of Black and Blue Letters from the Red Zone titled: These Black and Blue Red Zone Days (ISBN: 979-8-218-17561-0). Showcased in the special edition are the stories, letters, and poems included in the artbook project. This trade-size paperback makes it easy for people who like to read on the go, or who simply prefer a book they can comfortably hold while reading in bed instead of the larger gift volume designed to feature color art alongside the text.
April 19: The Senior Savannah Learning Center noon program will present a celebration of Art & Words by Aberjhani. The program will feature readings from the author’s new book, These Black and Blue Red Zone Days, a displace of artworks, and PowerPoint presentation. This will be the author-artist’s first 2023 public appearance.
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