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The 2011 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 of Jazz & Literature," which compiles the first 10 years of interviews that first appeared in "Brilliant Corners."
The latest issue contains an interview with music historian, pianist, author and record producer John Edward Hasse. Hasse also serves as the curator of American Music at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History and is the founder of Jazz Appreciation Month, celebrated in more than 40 countries.
In addition, the summer issue features poems by Michael Gaspeny, poet and fiction writer; Neil Shepard, author of three books of poetry and founder of the Writers Program at the Vermont Studio Center; Betsy Sholl, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry; Jeffrey Alfier, two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and nominee for the UK's Forward Prize for Poetry; and Richard Jackson, author of nine books of poems, two critical books and several chapbooks of translations from Italian.
"Brilliant Corners" also contains fiction from Karin Lin-Greenberg, teacher of creative writing at The College of Wooster in Ohio; Benjamin Roesch, teacher of English in Burlington, Vt.; and Marko Fong, two-time nominee for a PEN/O. Henry Prize and Pushcart Prize. The issue presents an essay by Johnny Bull, who also contributed the cover art, "Swing Beckons Charlie," which honors guitarist Charlie Christian. In the essay, Bull discusses the cover art.
"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.
Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Founded in 1812 in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.