Creative Writing News


British crime writer describes jazz influences in England in "Brilliant Corners"

The jazz circles in England are peppered by evenings where sax, drums and horns punctuate poetry read by author John Harvey, best known for his crime novels. In a recent interview for “Brilliant Corners,” Harvey discusses the influence of jazz on him as a writer and his most famous character, detective Charlie Resnik.

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Creative writer reads excerpts from memoir about his artistic father and latest collection of poems

Sascha Feinstein, Ph.D., co-director of Lycoming College’s creative writing department, will be presenting his poetry and creative nonfiction at an upcoming reading at 6 p.m. on April 24. The reading, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Lowery Room of the James V. Brown Library in downtown Williamsport.

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Former Poet Laureate highlights the beauty of devastation

In honor of National Poetry Month, poet Betsy Sholl will read recent work on April 20 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall on the corner of Fourth and Basin Streets.

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Creative writer recounts physical and emotional wreckage left by artistic father

Sascha Feinstein, Ph.D., co-director of Lycoming College’s creative writing department, will be sharing passages from “Wreckage: My Father’s Legacy of Art & Junk” during a reading at 7:30 p.m. on March 22. The reading, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall on the corner of Fourth and Basin Streets.

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Interview captures musical theater vocalist's transition to powerful jazz singer

The influence of people who helped shape Lisa Thorson’s transition from a musical theater vocalist to a powerful jazz singer is a notable theme of her interview in “Brilliant Corners.” Thorson also discusses her most recent project titled “Without Words: Discovery, Inspiration, and Practice,” which explores the art of communicating without language. The interview is the anchor story to the journal’s unique compendium of literature about jazz compiled by Sascha Feinstein, Ph.D., professor of English and creative writing at Lycoming College.

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For third year in a row, Lycoming College students earn award from state-wide association

Two Lycoming College students garnered the attention of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers for their work capturing the heart of Williamsport. The pair earned the “JoAnne Day Student of the Year Award” in the liberal arts category from the association in December for community stories they obtained during a summer internship with the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership.

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Rare interview offers glimpse into the African American jazz culture of the 1960s

Author, activist and jazz enthusiast Askia Touré discussed the influence of jazz on literature and music during the 1960s and 1970s in a rare interview published in the recently released issue of “Brilliant Corners.” The journal is a unique blend of literature about jazz compiled by Sascha Feinstein, Ph.D., professor of English and creative writing at Lycoming College.

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Spoken word artist to perform at Lycoming College

More of a performer than a reader, Chris Bernstorf '12 will share his poetry at 7:30 p.m. on April 5 in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall at the corner of 4th and Basin Streets. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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Interview of nationally-recognized jazz author highlight of journal

The recently released issue of “Brilliant Corners,” a unique blend of literature about jazz, features an interview by prominent jazz author Willard Jenkins. Sascha Feinstein, Ph.D., professor of English and creative writing at Lycoming College, conducted the interview last May.

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Himes/Sweeney Visiting Scholar series to feature novelist

The Lycoming College English Department will continue its Himes/Sweeney Visiting Scholar in Creative Writing series with a reading by novelist Tom Piazza. The event will be held Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall, on the corner of Fourth and Basin streets in Williamsport. This event is free and open to the public.

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Himes/Sweeney Visiting Scholar series to feature poet and essayist

The Lycoming College English Department will continue its Himes/Sweeney Visiting Scholar in Creative Writing series with readings by poet Stephen Dunn and essayist Barbara Hurd. The event will be held Tuesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall. It is free and open to the public.

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Feinstein to be keynote speaker for international jazz conference

Lycoming College English and creative writing professor Sascha Feinstein, Ph.D., has been selected as the keynote speaker for “Jazz in Word: European (Non-)Fiction,” an international conference presented by the University of Vienna that will be held at the Amerika-Haus in Vienna, Austria, May 22-24.

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Winter 2013 issue of Brilliant Corners now available

The winter 2013 issue of “Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz & Literature” is now available. The journal, which features jazz-related poetry, fiction and non-fiction, is edited by Sascha Feinstein, Ph.D., professor of English and creative writing at Lycoming College.

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English department to host award-winning author

The Lycoming College English department, as part of its Reading Series, will welcome award-winning author and poet Davis Jauss for a public reading on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall.

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Summer edition of Brilliant Corners available

The latest edition of "Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz and Literature" has been released. The journal is edited by founder Dr. Sascha Feinstein, professor of English and creative writing at Lycoming College. Feinstein is also a poet and essayist, as well as the editor of "Ask me Now: Conversations of Jazz and Literature," a compilation of 10 years of Brilliant Corners materials.

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