A humanist with roots in Central, Southern Africa, and the Mediterranean, Albert Russo has been acclaimed by important authors, such as James Baldwin, Edmund White, Martin Tucker, Douglas Parmee of Oxford University, Adam Donaldson Powell, David Alexander, Richard Mathews, Joseph Kessel, Pierre Emmanuel, and Jean d’Ormesson, all three of the Académie Française, as well as by his African peers, Chinua Achebe and Maurice AMURI Mpala-Lutebele (University of Lubumbashi, DR Congo).
His seminal work, the AFRICAN QUATUOR, set in DR Congo, Rwanda and Burundi, has appeared in his own English and French versions, as well as in translations (Italian and Dutch), in over 20 editions worldwide. All in all, his work has been translated into about 15 languages. SPEAK TO ME, MOTHER BELOVED (2019) is dedicated to his adored mother and to POETRY, with about 140 poems and as many photos in both black and white and in color, that he took during his years on the four continents in which he has resided, and during his travels around the world. His novel co-written with Jeanette Skirvin is TEL AVIV’S ETHIOPIAN QUEEN, was published in 2021 by l’Aleph in Sweden. Also published in 202, THREE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW: Arco’s fabled Paris, Venice and New york a novel by Albert Russo, with 50-odd photos His most recent French novels are MÉMOIRES D’UN FILS DE NAZIS and LE CAP DES ILLUSIONS.
Albert Russo was also a member of the 1996 jury for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, which often leads to the Nobel Prize of Literature. Some of the Prizes he has received are: Best 2013 Unicef Short Story award in defense of childhood worldwide, for Revenge by proxy / Vengeance par procuration; 2018 Book Excellence Award for his big book GOSH ZAPINETTE!; Unicef 2018 and 2020 awards for the body of his poems; Mémoires d’un fils de nazis, novel (2020); Prix Colette, Prix de la Liberté, and Prix Littérature Jeunesse. Here are some of his other fiction and poetry awards: The American Society of Writers Fiction Award, The British Diversity Short Story Award, several New York Poetry Forum Awards, Amelia Prose and Poetry awards. He has also been nominated for the W.B. Yeats and Robert Penn Warren poetry awards. And last but not least, GAYTUDE, a book of poems in both English and French, co-written with Adam Donaldson Powell, the multi-talented poet, author, musician, painter and gay activist, was honored as Winner of the National Indie Excellence Award for the Category Gay/Lesbian Nonfiction in 2009.
Albert Russo’s 60-odd books of photography have garnered awards in the USA, UK, Russia, France, including Photography Vibes certificate of excellence 2009, and Artavita certificate of excellence 2020. Some of his work has been exhibited in the Louvre Museum, at the Espace Pierre Cardin, both in Paris, in Times Square, New York, at the Museum of Photography in Lausanne, Switzerland, in Art Berlin, in Tokyo, in Moscow, etc. The former Mayor of the Big Apple, Mr. Bloomberg, has lauded his two photobooks on Paris and New York. Some of his novels and memoirs have also been filmed in English, with videos (90 and 100 minutes long).
Awards and Recognition
- British Diversity Prize for PRINCES AND GODS
- Winner of the National Indie Excellence Award for the Category Gay/Lesbian Nonfiction in 2009. for GAYTUDE, co-written with Adam Donaldson Powell
- Unicef first Prize for Poetic Prose
- Unicef 2018 and 2021 awards for the body of his poems
- Prix Colette and Prix de la Liberté for his anti-apartheid novel LE CAP DES ILLUSIONS (reissued in 2020)
- New York Poetry Forum awards
- W.B. Yeats and Robert Penn Warren poetry awards
- Book Excellence Award for his humorous series GOSH ZAPINETTE! (15 novellas)
- Some of his photos have been exhibited in the Louvre Museum, at the Espace Pierre Cardin, both in Paris, in Times Square, New York, at the Museum of Photography in Lausanne, Switzerland, in Art Berlin, in Tokyo, in Moscow, etc. The former Mayor of the Big Apple, Mr. Bloomberg, has lauded his two photobooks on Paris and New York.
Press and Media Mentions
- His work has been praised by the international media: North America: The International Herald Tribune (NYT & Washington Post), Confrontation, Amelia, Cicada,The Linden Lane Review, Potpourri, Pearl Muse, The Voyeur, Kindred Spirit, Art/Life magazine, New Thought Journal, Negative Capability, O’zone, St. Cuthbert’s Treasury Annual, Manna, Poetry Northwest, Ally, The Third Eye, The Literary Review, Unveiling, Confluent Education Journal, Verve, Pandora, Frank,The Ecphorizer (a Mensa review), Eureka Literary Magazine, Seedcloud, A Writer’s Choice Literary Journal, Academic & Arts Press, Snow Summits in the Sun Anthology (The Cerulean Press), The Plowman, Légèreté Press, Skyline magazine, Phoenix, River King Poetry Supplement, The Poet, Zephyr, Unveiling, Philadelphia Poets, Quest Publications, Asylum, Postscriptum, Waves, Iliad Press, World News, A Different Drummer, Termino, The Poetry Conspiracy, The New England Anthology of Poetry;
- India: Poet, Quest, Chandrabhaga, Replica magazine, Wanderlust, Parnassus of World Poetry, International Poetry, The Still Horizon anthology, The Millenium Peace annual anthologies, The Taj Mahal Review;
- Great Britain: Ambit, The Edinburgh Review, Passport, Interactions, Orbis, Lines Review, Chapman, Peninsular, Helicon, Reach, New Hope International, Psychopoetica, World Wide Writers, The European Journal of Psychology, Prospice, Envoi, Poetry Now, Presence, Time Haiku, The Haiku Quarterly, The Acorn Haiku Anthology, Still, Retort, Buzzwords, Sepia magazine, The Yeats Club, Prospice, Stirred not shaken;
- Africa: Okike (Chinua Achebe’s Review), Prize Africa (Zimbabwe), Papier blanc Encre noire (Kinshasa / Brussels);
- Continental Europe: Cosmopolitan, Playboy, La Nef des Fous, Place aux Sens, L’Autre Journal, Labor, Libération, Poètes et Romanciers à la Bibliothèque Naguib Mahfouz, Les Cahiers du Sens, Odra (Poland), The Auschwitz Foundation Bulletin, Sivullinen, Stranger than Madness, Fremde Verse, Los Muestros, Plurilingual Europe.
- Australia: Dreams & Visions