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“I’ve always felt a little bit outside of any club,” explains writer/singer Angela Carole Brown, “living on the fringes, not really doing things in the way that would be expected of me as a woman, as a black person, as an artist.”
Featured in the Summer 2021 issue of Brilliant Corners, this interview with Brown focuses on her three decades as a jazz singer in the L.A. area and its influence on her writing, especially the jazz-saturated novel “Trading Fours” (recipient of the North Street Book Prize for literary fiction) and the 100-word story collection “Aleatory on the Radio.” As a visual artist, she has most recently been focusing on Alcohol Ink on Yupo, and her piece “Northern Lights” appears on the issue’s cover.
In addition to the Brown interview, the Summer 2021 issue of Brilliant Corners features poems by Sandra McPherson (author of 12 books and the founding editor of Swan Scythe Press), Richard Jackson (winner of Guggenheim, NEA, and Fulbright Fellowships), and Robert Wrigley (recipient of the Poetry Society of America’s Celia B. Wagner Award, five Pushcart Prizes, and many other honors). The prose includes an essay by Gerald Majer, author of “The Velvet Lounge: On Late Chicago Jazz,” and a short story by Robert Leonard Reid, who was recently inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.
Brilliant Corners is a biannual journal that highlights an exceptional collection of literature and art pertaining to jazz. Founded in 1996, the journal bears strong ties to Lycoming College, with Sascha Feinstein, Ph.D., Robert L. and Charlene Shangraw Professor of English at Lycoming College, who serves as the managing editor, and Gary R. Hafer, Ph.D., John P. Graham Teaching Professor of English at Lycoming College, who serves as the production design editor. The publication is funded in part by the College, the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, and private endowments.
A subscription costs $12 per year ($18 for international orders), and checks or money can be sent to Brilliant Corners, Lycoming College, 1 College Place, Williamsport, PA 17701. More information can be found at www.lycoming.edu/BrilliantCorners or on Brilliant Corners’ Facebook page.