Reza Emilio Juma Biography
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 earned a literary prize in the "Memorias de una Isla" contest in 2016 in the Cozumel Museum and in 2020 was awarded a grant in the "Cultura en un Click" competition held by the Institute of Culture and the Arts of Quintana Roo. Thanks to the numerous awards and recognitions and the proven popularity of his novels, Reza Emilio has appeared in international newspapers and magazines appearing in hundreds of media outlets as well as in televised interviews in various countries, which is why his work today is recognized worldwide.
The writer has spent most of his life collaborating with non-profit organizations around the world. He was involved in Canada with Big Brothers, and later in Spain with UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and Action Aid International in Mali, Africa. Currently he collaborates with both governmental and non-governmental institutions, such as Rotary International, to promote reading in rural areas and impoverished communities throughout Mexico and a percentage of his novels is donated to Save the Children. Due to the tremendous impact that his novels have had combined with his arduous contributions and cooperation in the field of social work, he has received the honorable distinction of having his biography appear in the official Encyclopedia of Literature in Mexico.