Lycoming College creative writing professor co-edits book

Lycoming College creative writing professor co-edits book

Download Image: Web

"Keystone Korner: Portrait of a Jazz Club," a book co-edited by Lycoming College professor of creative writing Dr. Sascha Feinstein, was recently released.

During the 1970s, when jazz clubs all over America were folding under the onslaught of rock and roll and disco, San Francisco's Keystone Korner was an oasis for jazz musicians and patrons. In fact, during its eleven years, Keystone was the most important club on the West Coast.

The book collects more than 100 black-and-white photographs by Kathy Sloane, whose identity as a photographer began at Keystone Korner. Sloane also interviewed scores of people who played or worked at the club, as well as those who attended performances.

In addition to editing those oral histories, Feinstein produced a CD of recordings from Keystone Korner—music that's packaged with the book, along with his essay about those selections. (The San Francisco Chronicle comments, "Put on the accompanying CD, and you can hear Bill Evans or Stan Getz playing this cramped room in North Beach 30 or 40 years ago.") Feinstein also contributed a second essay, "The Keystone Legacy," which embraces available recordings in the context of photographs and recollections.

As featured in their Holiday Gift Guide, DownBeat magazine writes: "From the antics of the photo-laden backroom to the underground hype of Ora Harris' Keystone Kitchen, Sloane and fellow editor Sascha Feinstein leave no stone unturned." Legendary jazz critic, Dan Morgenstern, writes, "Listen to the music as you view and read, and it's almost like being there, at one of the greatest jazz nightclubs there ever was."

To purchase the book, visit the Indiana University Press website at

Feinstein is a poet, essayist and editor. His poetry collection "Misterioso" won the Hayden Carruth Award from Copper Canyon Press; individual poems have appeared in such publications as "The American Poetry Review," "The North American Review," "The Georgia Review" and "The Penguin Book of the Sonnet." His other books include a memoir, "Black Pearls: Improvisations on a Lost Year," and an interview collection, "Ask Me Now: Conversations on Jazz & Literature." He has also published two related critical books: "Jazz Poetry: From the 1920s to the Present" and "A Bibliographic Guide to Jazz Poetry." His essays have appeared in many publications, including "The Southern Review," "African American Review," "The Chronicle of Higher Education," and "The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz."

With Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, he co-edited "The Jazz Poetry Anthology" and its companion volume "The Second Set." More recently, with Lycoming College professor emeritus David Rife, he co-edited "The Jazz Fiction Anthology." In 1996, he founded "Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz & Literature," which he still edits.

Feinstein has received many honors, including the 2008 Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Artist of the Year. He is also an avid saxophonist.

Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.

  • Feinstein


  • Keystone Korner

    Keystone Korner

Useful Resources