A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Biljana D. Obradović and John Gery

Biljana D. Obradović, a Serbian-American poet, translator, and critic has lived in Greece, India, and the United States. She is associate professor of english at Xavier University of Louisiana, in New Orleans.

She has two collections of poems, Frozen Embraces and Le Riche Monde. Her poems also appear in Three Poets in New Orleans and in anthologies and magazines, such as Like Thunder: Poets Respond in Violence in America, Key West: A Collection, Poetry East, Bloomsbury Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Plum Review.

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In addition to her own poetry, other works include her Serbian translation of John Gery's American Ghosts: Selected Poems, Stanley Kunitz's The Long Boat, Fives: Fifty Poems by Serbian and American Poets, A Bilingual Anthology, and a collection of Bratislav Milanovic's poems in The Unnecessary Chronicle. She also reviews books for World Literature Today and others.


Биљана Д. Обрадовић рођена је 1961. године у Београду, дипломирала је енглески језик на Филолошком факултету у Београду, пре тога је ишла у америчку основну школу у Солуну, а енглеску гимназију завршила је у Индији. Једно време је предавала енглески језик у школи "Милица Павловић", а онда је отишла у Америку, где је 1995. године докторирала на креативном писању. На Хавијер Универзитету у Луизијани предаје креативно писање и преводи збирку песама свога супруга Џона Герија "Амерички дух". У Србији је објавила две збирке песама, двојезично, на српском и енглеском: "Замрзнути загрљај" и "Богат свет". Биљана и Џон Гери имају сина Петра.


John Gery's poetry, criticism, and reviews have appeared throughout the United States and Europe, including in Callaloo, the Iowa Review, New Orleans Review, Paideuma, Prairie Schooner, and West Branch.

He has also been a collaborative translator of works in serbian, armenian, chinese, and french. A research professor of english at the University of New Orleans, he directs the Ezra Pound Center for Literature, Brunnenburg, Italy. He was a research fellow at the University of Minnesota and a Fulbright fellow at the University of Belgrade.

Among Gery's books of poetry are Charlemagne: A Song of Gestures, The Enemies of Leisure, American Ghost: Selected Poems (English-Serbian, translated by Biljana Obradovic), Davenport's Version, and A Gallery of Ghosts.

He lives in New Orleans with his wife, poet Biljana Obradovic, and their son Petar.


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John Alexander Vidović

John Vidovic is a young musician and composer whose talents, work with students, and presence in various musical circles have already created a significant community impact. Mr. Vidovic specializes in classical guitar, music theory and composition. He has been playing guitar for 13 years and has accumulated 11 years of experience as a self-taught pianist.

John studied guitar with Michael McChesney and Barrios scholar Richard Stover, as well as voice with Christopher Bengochea. He graduated from UCLA with a BA in music composition. As a composer, he has 9 years of experience in composition ranging from solo works to large ensembles, including chorus, wind ensemble and orchestra. He has also conducted original choral composition under the direction of Maestro Donald Neuen with the UCLA Chamber Singers in Royce Hall in June 2011. Mr. Vidovic composed choral works for the West Valley College Chamber singers performed at the Finale concerts in May 2009 and December 2011. His main influences include music from Latin America, Romantic era music, and folk music from Eastern Europe.

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All Roads Lead to Jackson

Serbian American Contributions in Amador County, California, since the Gold Rush
Milina Jovanović offers a unique compilation of individual and family immigration stories that include enormous contributions to the development of California and significant community involvement. In this version of people’s history she chronicles how Serbian Americans have strengthened community, region, state, and country through the endeavors and struggles of 150 years. This book also focuses on women’s contributions that are too often overlooked. Ms. Jovanović’s study reveals that Jackson not only remains an original and symbolic home to Serbian Americans and Serbian Orthodox religion, but also an oasis where the Serbian community has preserved its positive reputation and social influence.

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