Dr. Sascha Feinstein
B.A., University of Rochester
M.F.A., Indiana University-Bloomington
Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington
Creative Writing: Professor
Founding Editor: Brilliant Corners
Classes: Introduction to Creative Writing, Advanced Poetry Workshops, Form & Theory: Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Poetry
Sascha Feinstein is a poet, essayist, and editor. He is the author of two poetry collections, Ajanta's Ledge and Misterioso (winner of the Hayden Carruth Award); 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. The recipient of both the junior and senior teaching awards at Lycoming, he has received many academic honors, including the 2008 Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Artist of the Year.
With Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, he co-edited The Jazz Poetry Anthology and its companion volume The Second Set. More recently, with Professor Emeritus David Rife, he co-edited The Jazz Fiction Anthology, and, with Kathy Sloane, Keystone Korner: Portrait of a Jazz Club. In 1996, he founded Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz & Literature, which he still edits; Brilliant Corners remains the only literary journal in the country that focuses on jazz-related literature.
He has given poetry readings and lectures at conferences and institutions throughout the country, including The University of Richmond, The Panasonic Jazz Festival, the AWP and MLA conferences, the Tennessee Williams Festival, The Lawrenceville School, and The National Arts Club in New York City. An avid saxophonist, he frequently plays for events on campus and at the various venues downtown.