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Young-adult novelist discusses jazz and education in Brilliant Corners

Thanks to author Mick Carlon, jazz is becoming more and more popular for teenagers around the country. In a recent interview for Brilliant Corners, Carlon discusses his three novels — “Riding on Duke’s Train,” “Travels with Louis,” and “Girl Singer” — and the importance of bringing music into the classroom.

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British crime writer describes jazz influences in England in "Brilliant Corners"

The jazz circles in England are peppered by evenings where sax, drums and horns punctuate poetry read by author John Harvey, best known for his crime novels. In a recent interview for “Brilliant Corners,” Harvey discusses the influence of jazz on him as a writer and his most famous character, detective Charlie Resnik.

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Creative writer reads excerpts from memoir about his artistic father and latest collection of poems

Sascha Feinstein, Ph.D., co-director of Lycoming College’s creative writing department, will be presenting his poetry and creative nonfiction at an upcoming reading at 6 p.m. on April 24. The reading, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Lowery Room of the James V. Brown Library in downtown Williamsport.

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Former Poet Laureate highlights the beauty of devastation

In honor of National Poetry Month, poet Betsy Sholl will read recent work on April 20 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall on the corner of Fourth and Basin Streets.

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Creative writer recounts physical and emotional wreckage left by artistic father

Sascha Feinstein, Ph.D., co-director of Lycoming College’s creative writing department, will be sharing passages from “Wreckage: My Father’s Legacy of Art & Junk” during a reading at 7:30 p.m. on March 22. The reading, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall on the corner of Fourth and Basin Streets.

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Interview captures musical theater vocalist's transition to powerful jazz singer

The influence of people who helped shape Lisa Thorson’s transition from a musical theater vocalist to a powerful jazz singer is a notable theme of her interview in “Brilliant Corners.” Thorson also discusses her most recent project titled “Without Words: Discovery, Inspiration, and Practice,” which explores the art of communicating without language. The interview is the anchor story to the journal’s unique compendium of literature about jazz compiled by Sascha Feinstein, Ph.D., professor of English and creative writing at Lycoming College.

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Gender roles, literature and politics discussed by Lycoming College students at Medieval conference

Seven Lycoming College students expand current understanding of personal and political dynamics in medieval and early modern times by presenting research at the Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. The 11th annual conference was hosted at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., on Dec. 3.

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Distinguished Oxford professor to discuss Plutarch and Shakespeare on April 8

Oxford professor Chris Pelling, D.Phil., will discuss the influence of Greek and Roman history and literature on the English language’s most-beloved writer at a presentation at 4:30 p.m. on April 8 in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall on the corner of 4th and Basin Streets. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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Spoken word artist to perform at Lycoming College

More of a performer than a reader, Chris Bernstorf '12 will share his poetry at 7:30 p.m. on April 5 in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall at the corner of 4th and Basin Streets. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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Lycoming professor selected as visiting scholar for Ernest J. Gaines program

Maria Hebert-Leiter, Ph.D., will be a visiting scholar at the 2016 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute, titled “Ernest J. Gaines and the Southern Experience.” The institute is sponsored by the Ernest J. Gaines Center on the campus of University of Louisiana at Lafayette from May 30-June 24.

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Lycoming welcomes fifteen new faculty members

Lycoming College welcomed fifteen new full-time faculty members at the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year.

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Himes/Sweeney Visiting Scholar series to feature novelist

The Lycoming College English Department will continue its Himes/Sweeney Visiting Scholar in Creative Writing series with a reading by novelist Tom Piazza. The event will be held Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall, on the corner of Fourth and Basin streets in Williamsport. This event is free and open to the public.

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Himes/Sweeney Visiting Scholar series to feature poet and essayist

The Lycoming College English Department will continue its Himes/Sweeney Visiting Scholar in Creative Writing series with readings by poet Stephen Dunn and essayist Barbara Hurd. The event will be held Tuesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall. It is free and open to the public.

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Feinstein to be keynote speaker for international jazz conference

Lycoming College English and creative writing professor Sascha Feinstein, Ph.D., has been selected as the keynote speaker for “Jazz in Word: European (Non-)Fiction,” an international conference presented by the University of Vienna that will be held at the Amerika-Haus in Vienna, Austria, May 22-24.

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Winter 2013 issue of Brilliant Corners now available

The winter 2013 issue of “Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz & Literature” is now available. The journal, which features jazz-related poetry, fiction and non-fiction, is edited by Sascha Feinstein, Ph.D., professor of English and creative writing at Lycoming College.

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