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The 2010 summer edition of "Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz & Literature" has been released. Dr. Sascha Feinstein, the journal's founding editor, is a professor of English at Lycoming College. Feinstein is also the editor of "Ask Me Now: Conversations on Jazz & Literature," which compiles the first 10 years of interviews that first appeared in "Brilliant Corners."The latest issue contains an interview with Betsy Sholl, the poet laureate of Maine, who teaches in the MFA program of Vermont College of Fine Arts and at the University of Southern Maine. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently, "Rough Cradle." A founding member of Alice James Books, she has been a visiting poet at the University of Pittsburgh and Bucknell University.
"Brilliant Corners" features poems by Sholl; Stephen Cramer, the author of two poetry collections and a winner in the National Poetry Series; Arthur Plotnik, an emerging poet and an author of six nonfiction books; Jonathan Watson, who teaches literature and film at Manchester College in Indiana; Jeffrey Thomson, an author of four books; and Baron Wormser, an author/co-author of 12 books and a former poet laureate of Maine. Kathy Sloane, a photographer and filmmaker, contributes a photograph of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Maura Stanton, whose stories have won the Nelson Algren Award from The Chicago Tribune, contributes a short story about the mysterious death of Glenn Miller. The issue also presents essays by Doughtry "Doc" Long, the author of four books, and Don Asher, a jazz pianist and writer.
The cover art, "The Mood for Jazz," was contributed by Barbara Tuan Yu Dove. She was born in China and came to the United States at age 19. She is now retired and lives in Panama with her husband. Dove also contributed an essay to the publication.
"Brilliant Corners" is published biannually and features jazz-related poetry, fiction and nonfiction. A subscription costs $12 a year ($18 for international orders). Send check or money to Brilliant Corners, Lycoming College, 700 College Place, Williamsport, PA 17701.
Published at Lycoming College, "Brilliant Corners" is funded in part by Lycoming College, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and private endowments.