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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The latest edition of "Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz & Literature" has been released. The journal is edited by founder Dr. Sascha Feinstein, professor of English and creative writing at Lycoming College. Feinstein is also a poet and essayist, as well as the editor of "Ask me Now: Conversations of Jazz & Literature," a compilation of 10 years of "Brilliant Corners" materials.
The 2012 winter issue includes an essay, several poems and an interview with 2002 Fulbright Scholar Afaa Michael Weaver, an American poet, short story writer and editor. He is the author of several poetry collections, including "The Plum Flower Dance" and "Multitudes." His essay, which introduces the majority of poems in the edition, explores the history and form of the "Bop" style of jazz poetry.
Works featured in the issue include a Bop piece, "Annie Pearl's Arethabops," by American poet Patricia Smith, who is a 2008 National Book Award finalist, a four-time National Poetry Slam Champion and the author of six books of poetry. She is a professor at the City University of New York/College of Staten Island.
Evie Shockley, 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize winner, contributes two poems, "double bop for ntozake shange" and "the last temptation: a 21st century bop odyssey." Shockley has four published books of poetry, and her poetry and criticism have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, professor of English at Cornell University and National Book Award finalist, appears in the latest edition with her poem, "Bop: The North Star," as does Sean Singer with "Trombone Magic." Singer's first book, "Discography," won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is working on his dissertation in American Studies at Rutgers-Newark, where he teaches English and African American studies.
Cover art was provided by American jazz artist Rollie Erickson, who also contributes an essay on the piece.
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 four-year residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., the College fosters academic rigor, a supportive faculty and successful student outcomes. It offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 educational institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812, Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.