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The 2011 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 of Jazz & Literature," which compiles the first 10 years of interviews that first appeared in "Brilliant Corners."
The latest issue contains an interview with editor, poet and essayist Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate. Pinsky's recent poetry collections include "Selected Poems," "Gulf Music," and "Jersey Rain." His translation, "The Inferno of Dante," received the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Academy of American Poets' Translation Award. Pinsky is the poetry editor of Slate magazine and teaches in the graduate program at Boston University.
In addition, the winter issue features poems by J.J. Penna, musician and poet; Al Maginnes, winner of the 2008 White Pine Poetry Prize; Richard Jackson, author of nine books, two critical books and several chapbooks of translations from Italian; Ed Pavlic, winner of the Darwin Turner Award from African American Review, The American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize and the Author of the Year Award from the Georgia Writers Association; and John McKernan, editor of ABZ Press.
"Brilliant Corners" also contains fiction from Wesley Brown, author of three novels, three produced plays and two multicultural anthologies, and Jim Austin, a taxi driver in St. Petersburg, Fla. The issue presents an essay by saxophonist Marc Mommaas. In the essay, Mommaas discusses the cover art, "Ben Webster," by his father, Henk Mommaas.
"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.
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 & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit www.lycoming.edu.