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The 2010 winter 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 unusual, joint interview with jazz pianists, composers and teachers Bruce Barth and Eri Yamamoto. It also features poems by Michael Bazzett, winner of the 2008 Bechtel Prize from Teacher's & Writers Collaborative; C.G. Hanzlicek, author of eight books of poetry and former director of the creative writing program at California State University, Fresno; Richard Lyons, whose most recent book won the 2005 Washington Prize from The Word Works in Washington, D.C.; Sjohnna McCray, poet and former high school English teacher; and David Petruzelli, winner of the Tupelo Press Judge's Prize.
"Brilliant Corners" also contains selections from French poet and jazz critic Jacques Réda's "L'Improviste: Une lecture du jazz [The Improviser: A Reading of Jazz]." The work is translated by Aaron Prevots, whose essay on Réda is also featured. The issue presents additional essays by Moe Brooker, an award-winning artist and professor and chair of the Basics Department at Moore College of Art and Design, and Andrew W. Hurley, author and lecturer in cultural studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. Brooker also contributed the issue's dynamic cover art, "For Trane & Parker," in honor of saxophonists John Coltrane and Charlie Parker.
"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. More information can be found at www.lycoming.edu/BrilliantCorners.
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.