Reza Emilio Juma Biografía
Writer, journalist and philanthropist. Reza Emilio Juma graduated in International Relations and Political Science from the University of British Colombia in Vancouver, Canada. He has worked in the academic field as a professor and researcher and has contributed in numerous publications in international journals.
From a very young age he felt the need to deepen his cultural and spiritual horizon and began to travel around the world. He has visited more than fifty countries in six continents studying their deep-rooted cultures and traditions in order to broaden his universal vision and open the doors to his imagination, the key to the success of his literary creations.
In 2014 he published his first novel, "Mil besos” (A thousand kisses), a romantic adventure based on the esotericism of dreams and the obsession of finding true love. The work was selected by the Centro Andaluz de las Letras to be showcased in their Escaparate Andaluz in Seville. It was also chosen by the official bookshop of the Alhambra in Granada to integrate into their distinguished collection. In Mexico, the state governors office in Puebla opened the doors to the Biblioteca Palafoxiana, recognized by the UNESCO for being the first and oldest public library in the Americas, to hold a homage to the novel celebrating it's international success.
A year later, in 2015 he published a historical novel titled "El legado del príncipe de Cachemira” (The legacy of the Prince of Kashmir). Reza has described this work as his pride and biggest accomplishment. Before it was even published it had received the support of the Granada City Council and the Agencia Albaicin to celebrate the official book launch in the Cuarto Real, a XIV century Muslim palace and monument classified as a World Cultural Interest site. At the same time he received the institutional support of multitudes of academic and literary entities, political institutions, libraries and museums in both Spain and Mexico.
In the following year he published his third masterpiece entitled "La trapecista" (The trapeze artist), a psychological thriller based on the perdition of love on the human psyche and the exploration of emotional intelligence. The novel received the support and official seal of the City Council of Santa María Tonameca and the Magical Village of Mazunte. The book exploded in sales and became his personal best-seller which took Reza beyond his conventional borders.
In the theatrical field "La trapecista" was selected to be adapted into a play starring the famous actress Juliana Vivas in the Bernardo Romero Lozano theater in Bogotá, Colombia. Due to the grand success of their run, "Mil besos" was also brought to the centre stage and featured in the distinguished XVII century San Bartolomé College, a National Monument and oldest running college in Colombia .
Reza Emilio fue galardonado con un premio literario por el certamen cultural "Memorias de una Isla" de la Fundación de Parques y Museos en Cozumel y posteriormente "Cultura en un Click" del Instituto de Cultura y las Artes de Quintana Roo. En su estado ha sido electo Consejero del Consejo Ciudadano de Cultura donde tiene la tarea de fomentar la cultura y las artes a través de entidades políticas y otros cuerpos del gobierno.
Merced a los numerosos premios y reconocimientos y a la contrastada popularidad de sus novelas, Reza Emilio ha estrenado portadas de periódicos y revistas internacionales apareciendo en centenares de medios de comunicación así como en entrevistas televisadas en diversos países, por lo que su trabajo a día de hoy está reconocido a nivel mundial. Por otro lado, el escritor lleva la gran parte de su vida colaborando con entidades solidarias en todo el mundo. Se implicó en Canadá con Big Brothers, y posteriormente en España con ACNUR y Ayuda en Acción en Malí. En la actualidad colabora con los Rotarios e instituciones gubernamentales con el objetivo de fomentar la lectura en zonas rurales y comunidades empobrecidas en todo México y un porcentaje de la impresión de sus novelas se destina a Save the Children. Por el gran impacto que han tenido sus novelas y sus trabajos sociales ha recibido la honorable distinción de estar en la Enciclopedia de la Literatura en México.