A Collection of Jazz Poetry — Spring, 2023 Edition

April 13th, 2023

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The Artist

Jennylynd James is an award-winning artist, writer, and soprano with a long work history as a food scientist.  She was born in Trinidad and Tobago and grew up in a musical family, with her love for music and the arts being nurtured from a young age. Her academic path in tertiary education led her to studies in food science at McGill University, Canada, earning a Ph.D. She has worked in the food industry in the US, Europe, Latin America, and Canada for many years, and in 2009 discovered a hidden talent for art while living and working as a food industry entrepreneur in Ireland. She is self-taught and continues to experiment with art techniques and themes.

Her paintings have been accepted into Juried exhibitions at the Rotunda Gallery, The Office of Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago, 2020 to 2023. Jennylynd’s artwork is held by collectors in the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, and Mexico.

In August 2022, Jennylynd opened the art gallery Arte Bacchanal in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.  Her goal is to provide a space for emerging artists to promote and sell their art, with themed group exhibitions throughout the year.

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ARTIST STATEMENT

“Many of my acrylic paintings capture musicians and singers making music. With photographs as a reference, I crop the most animated scenes from performances and use loose brush strokes to portray movement. Whether it’s the bent back of a saxophonist or the forward lean of a pianist, actions are captured in simple brush strokes. I create figurative images of musicians without faces. The viewer has a personal experience with the image, both imagining the facial expressions and hearing the music produced. I like painting groups of musicians and singers to create the illusion of a loud, rich sound.”

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Poet biographies are listed in alphabetical order

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Poet and musician Michael D. Amitin, originally from California, traveled the roads of the American West before settling in Paris, France where he now lives. Recently named International Beat Poet Laureate 2020-2021, Amitin’s poems have been published in California Quarterly, Poetry Pacific, North of Oxford. Love Love Magazine. and others. A current collaboration with Parisian photographer Julie Peiffer has given rise to the “Riverlights” project, and can be found at Riverlights.art

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Paul Austin’s book Spontaneous Behavior, the Art and Craft of Acting, was published by Turning Plow Press in October 2022. His collection of poetry Notes on Hard Times was published by Village Books Press. (Both available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.) Austin’s work has been published in various journals, magazines and anthologies. Late Night Conspiracies, a collection of his writings was performed with jazz ensemble at New York’s Ensemble Studio Theatre.

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Stephen Bett’s work in progress, SongBu®st: Breaking into song, or breaking it apart? Maybe a bit of both, is simultaneously a celebration and a send up of iconic pop culture lyrics.  Stephen is a widely and internationally published Canadian poet with 24 books in print, & with a new book, Broken Glosa: an alphabet book of post-avant glosa, coming out shortly with Chax Press. His personal papers are archived in the “Contemporary Literature Collection” at Simon Fraser University.

His website is stephenbett.com

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Byron Beynon‘s work has been featured in several publications including Black Fox Literary Magazine, The London Magazine, Wasafiri, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Wales and the human rights anthology In Protest (University of London and Keats House Poets). Also in several collections including The Echoing Coastline (Agenda) and Where Shadows Stir (The Seventh Quarry Press).

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R. Bremner has been writing of incense, peppermints, and the color of time since the 1960s. He appeared in the legendary first issue of Passaic Review in 1979, which also featured Allen Ginsberg, and in International Poetry Review, Paterson Literary Review, Sigmund Freud in Poetry, Anthem: a Leonard Cohen Tribute Anthology, and more. Ron has published eight books of poetry, including Absurd (Absurdist poetry from Cajun Mutt Press) and Hungry Words (Alien Buddha Press).

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Daniel Brown has loved jazz (and music in general) ever since he delved into his parents’ 78 collection as a child. He is a retired special education teacher who began writing as a senior. He always appreciates being published in a journal or anthology. His first poetry collection, Family Portraits in Verse and Other Illustrated Poems, was recently published by Epigraph Books.

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Patricia Carragon is curator/editor-in-chief (Brownstone Poets, Brooklyn, NY), and author of Angel Fire (Alien Buddha Press), Meowku (Poets Wear Prada), The Cupcake Chronicles (Poets Wear Prada), and Innocence (Finishing Line Press). Available on Amazon.com.

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Felicia Chernesky

A longtime editor, slowly publishing poet, and author of six picture books, including From Apple Trees to Cider, Please! (Albert Whitman), Felicia Sanzari Chernesky is a 2021 Pushcart and Best Microfiction nominee. A new empty-nester, she lives with her husband and two outspoken cats in Flemington, New Jersey.

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photo by Jenn Merritt

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Douglas Cole has published six collections of poetry and The White Field, winner of the American Fiction Award. His work has appeared in several anthologies as well as journals such as The Chicago Quarterly Review, Poetry International, The Galway Review, Bitter Oleander, Chiron, Louisiana Literature, Slipstream, as well Spanish translations of work (translated by Maria Del Castillo Sucerquia) in La Cabra Montes. He is a regular contributor to Mythaixs, an online journal, and his “Trading Fours with Douglas Cole” is a regular feature on Jerry Jazz Musician.   He lives and teaches in Seattle, Washington.

[Editor’s Note: Douglas recently participated in a conversation with two other Jerry Jazz Musician contributing writers titled “Why We Write,” which can be viewed by clicking here]

Click here to visit his website.

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Brooklyn-born Arlene Corwin, now in her late 80’s, is a harpist, pianist and singer – a jazz musician forever. She earned her BA at Hofstra Univ. She has published 19 poetry books. In the 1950s her mother owned a jazz club in Hempstead, Long Island with Slim Gaillard. She currently lives in Sweden.

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Sean DesVignes

Sean Des Vignes is a Professor of English at Saint Peter’s University in New Jersey and author of the chapbook Take My Eyes To The Dry Cleaners (evolNYC, 2014). A NY-Emmy Award Winner, his poetry has won the Beinecke Scholarship and the Burton A. Goldberg Poetry Prize. His work appears in or is forthcoming from Rumpus, Kweli, Radius, African-American Review, and more.

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A prolific fiction writer and poet, DiBuduo completed two volumes of his signature “flash-fiction poetry,” as well as several collections of quirky short stories, including the appropriately titled Twisted Stories, Twisted Mind. His short fiction and poetry also appear in print anthologies and in online journals, including Jerry Jazz Musician, where he won two New Short Fiction Awards (2012 and 2013), Weekend Reads (2014), and Manifest West Anthology Series, No. 4 – “Western Weird” (2015).

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Russell duPont is an artist and an author whose artwork is included in a number of public and private collections. He has published two novels, King & Train and Waiting for the Turk; two books of poetry; and two non-fiction chapbooks. His essay, “The Corner,” is included in the anthology Streets of Echoes. His work has been published in various newspapers and literary magazines. He was the founder & publisher of the literary magazine, the albatross.

Visit his website by clicking here

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debora Ewing is Global Content Editor at Igneus Press and peer reviewer for Consilience Science-Based Poetry Journal. Her blog at FolkWORKS.org explores musicians who are also artists. deb is known for using her outdoor voice all the time and not staying in her lane. She’s published worldwide at Beyond Words Literary Magazine, Dodging the Rain, and here..
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(Editor’s Note: Debora’s short story “Coloring Outside the Lines” was the first winning story in the  Jerry Jazz Musician  Short Fiction Contest, published in October of 2002. The contest is currently in its 63rd edition)

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Mark Fogarty is a poet, musician and journalist. He curates The Jaco Pastorius Gig List on Facebook

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Susie Gharib is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde with a Ph.D. in English on the work of D.H. Lawrence. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Adelaide Literary Magazine, the Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Mad Swirl, Down in the Dirt, The Ink Pantry, Impspired Magazine, A New Ulster, Westward Quarterly, Miller’s Pond Poetry Magazine, The Opiate, Penwood review, Crossways, Amethyst Review, Synchronized Chaos, Pinyon Review, Leaves of Ink, Peacock Journal, The Blotter, and many others.

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Joel Glickman taught music including jazz history and the jazz band at Northland College, Ashland Wisconsin, from 1974 until retirement in 2017, where he has resumed teaching about jazz again, part time. He has written and published poetry over a wide range of subjects. Primarily a classical clarinetist and folk singer-song writer and banjo player, his jazz and saxophone skills lag behind these. He resides in Ashland with wife Susan and their Bichon, Madeline.

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Joanne Grumet’s chapbook Garden of Eve was published by Finishing Line Press in 2020, and her poetry can be found online and in print. Her songs can be heard at www.Reverbnation.com/summerwind.

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James Higgins was born in Texas, and currently lives in Oregon.  He has had poems that placed or won in Oregon Poetry Assn. contests, and while he has not submitted poetry in many years, he is now seriously pursuing publication.  He is a graduate of the University of Oregon, where he studied poetry with Ralph Salisbury, and earned a BA in English literature.  His work has appeared in  Terra Incognita, Beyond Words, and Jerry Jazz Musician.

 

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DH Jenkins’ poetry has appeared in Jerry Jazz Musician, The Tiger Moth Revue, and The Global South, as well as in the art films “Call From a Distant Shore”, “Our Autumn”, and “A New Mask”.  For many years he was a writing and speech professor for UMUC-Asia, working in Japan and Korea.

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Connie Johnson was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She began writing poems in 1976, but chose to pursue a career in music journalism. Since 2020, her focus has returned to poetry and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Iconoclast, Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, Jerry Jazz Musician, Voicemail Poems, Mudfish and Exit 13.

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photo by Jim Whitcraft

George Kalamaras is former Poet Laureate of Indiana (2014– 2016) and Professor Emeritus at Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he taught for thirty-two years. He has published twenty-three collections of poetry, fourteen full-length books and nine chapbooks. His latest book is To Sleep in the Horse’s Belly: My Greek Poets and the Aegean Inside Me, a 300-page chronicle of George’s Greek ancestry—literary, artistic, and familial (Dos Madres Press, 2023).

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Erren Kelly

Erren Kelly is a three-time Pushcart nominated poet from Boston whose work has appeared in 300 publications (print and online), including Hiram Poetry Review, Mudfish, Poetry Magazine, Ceremony, Cacti Fur, Bitterzoet, Cactus Heart, Similar Peaks, Gloom Cupboard, and Poetry Salzburg.

Click here to read “Under Quarantine” — COVID-era poetry of Erren Kelly, published by Jerry Jazz Musician

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Joe Kidd is a published poet and songwriter. In 2015 he released the CD titled Everybody Has A Purpose, and in 2020 published The Invisible Waterhole, a collection of spiritual and sensual verse. Joe is a member of the National & International Beat Poet Foundation (USA), Angora Poets (Paris France), The Society of Classical Poets, and 100,000 Poets For Change International. In 2022 he was appointed Beat Poet Laureate of the State of Michigan 2022-2024. He was recently recognized as an Official Poet of the Government of Birdland. Joe was inducted into the Michigan Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in June 2017.

Click here to visit his website

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Host of radio’s Good Vibes for 14 years, Gloria Krolak features the vibraphone as well as a segment following, like Mary’s little lamb, genres Where Jazz Goes. Her book, Jazz Lines, is composed of poems built with jazz tune titles. She has also used jazz albums as her building blocks. Close-up photography is one of her passions. The author’s favorite spots are the beach and The Jazz Corner, annually voted one of Downbeat’s best clubs.

Visit her website by clicking here

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Aurora M. Lewis, a retiree, worked in finance for 40 years. In her fifties, she received a Certificate in Creative Writing-General Studies, with Honors from UCLA. Aurora’s recent poems, short stories, and nonfiction were accepted by The Literary Hatchet, Jerry Jazz Musician, and The Copperfield Review, to name a few. She self-published her first book, Jazz Poems, Reflections on a Broken Heart, in 2021.  Her book a collection of memoirs, Jigsaw in a Vortex, is expected to be available in mid-2023.

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Phil Linz was born in Brooklyn, NY and has lived in several cities across the United States, currently residing in Wilminton, DE. He began writing poetry in 1971 and is founder and publisher of Fierce Grace Press, which specializes in chapbooks, believing in the concept of “Publishing Under the Radar.”.His new book, The Chapbooks: Collected Poems, is available on Amazon.

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photo by Kelly Sime

Lauren Loya is a tough-talkin’ dame roaming the streets of Kansas City. She is a graduate of the Literature, Language, and Writing program at the University of Kansas. Her poetry has appeared in Coal City Review and Kansas City Voices. She pays the bills working in magazine production, and any free time is spent haunting local bookstores, hiking trails, antique malls, and jazz clubs.

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photo by James Archbold

Kathryn MacDonald has published in literary journals in Canada, the U.S., Ireland, and England, as well as in anthologies. Her poem “Duty / Deon” won Arc Award of Awesomeness (shayne avec i grec, judge, January 2021). “Seduction” was shortlisted for the Freefall Annual Poetry Contest edited by Gary Barwin and was published in (Fall 2020). She is the author of A Breeze You Whisper: Poems and Calla & Édourd  (fiction). She is a member of the League of Canadian Poets.

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Elliott Martin is a bass guitarist, historian, and poet in Richmond, Virginia. He loves jazz, blues, and all things rock, and has played guitar and bass in several bands on stages large and small. His poetry has appeared on Jerry Jazz Musician and in The Copperfield Review; Artemis Journal; Amedment Literary and Art Journal, and elsewhere, and his short fiction is forthcoming in Cirsova and The Copperfield Review.

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photo by Alice Mello

 

Jim Mello is a counselor and clinical supervisor in the substance use disorder field. He’s also a part time clergy person, and has taught in the University of Maine system as an adjunct professor. Besides People, his passion is music and he.became a poet by default. He has three books published, two by Moon Pie Press, and one self-published.

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Robert Milby, of Florida, NY has been reading his poetry in public, since March, 1995. He is the author of several chapbooks, books, and CDs of poetry. He won first prize of $500, in the Orchard Street Press (Gates Mills, OH) Malovrh-Fenlon national poetry contest in June, 2022, for his poem, “Beethoven’s 9th Sonata.”  Milby served as Orange County, NY Poet Laureate from 2017- 2019

www.robertmilbypoetry.com

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Marilyn Mohr is the author of two chapbooks , Satchel and Running The Track, has recent work in the anthologies Brownstone Poets, Fractured Hearts, Poets On The Verge and Jerry Jazz Musician. She lives and writes in West Orange , New Jersey.

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Sean Murphy has appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered” as well as in USA Today, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and AdAge. A long-time columnist for PopMatters, his work has also appeared in Salon, The Village Voice, Washington City Paper, The Good Men Project, Memoir Magazine, and others. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and his chapbook, The Blackened Blues, is now available from Finishing Line Press. To learn more, visit seanmurphy.net

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Namaya is an internationally renowned Jazz poet, storyteller, humorist and sublime improvisational artist. He has performed throughout the US and has toured in Europe, New Zealand, Japan, Asia, the Americas and Palmyra Syria.

Both as a solo artist, with his band the Jazz Beat Blues Poetry Ensemble, and with jazz musicians around the world, Namaya performs an astonishing blend of jazz word, story and improvisation.

Visit his website by clicking here

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Michael L. Newell lives in Florida. He has had seven books of poetry published in the last three years.

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Mary K O’Melveny, retired labor rights lawyer, lives with her wife near Woodstock, NY . Mary’s award-nominated poetry appears in print and on-line literary journals, anthologies and national blog sites. Mary has authored three poetry collections: A Woman of a Certain Age, Merging Star Hypotheses and Dispatches From The Memory Care Museum, and co-authored two anthologies: An Apple In Her Hand and Rethinking The Ground Rules. Her fourth book, Flight Patterns, will be released in summer 2023.

Visit her web site at https://www.marykomelvenypoet.com

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Born in Norman, Oklahoma, Carrie Magness Radna (she/her) is an archival audiovisual cataloger at the New York Public Library, a singer, a lyricist-songwriter and a poet who loves to travel (when it’s safe). She won the Third Place Prize for “Pink (a Ghazal)” in the 91th annual Writer’s Digest Writer’s Competition (Rhyming Poetry). She’s currently an Associate Editor of Brownstone Poets Anthology (2022-) and was nominated for the 2022 Pushcart Prize. Her fifth book, Shooting Myself in the Dark, was just published by Cajun Mutt Press in January 2023.

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A native of Toledo, Ohio, Sandra Rivers-Gill is a writer, performer, and playwright. Her poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming in journals and anthologies, including ONE ART, Poets Against Racism & Hate USA, Of Rust and Glass, Common Threads, Poetry X Hunger, and Death Never Dies.

www.sandrariversgill.com

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Rita B. Rose is a New York poet, author, and vocal stylist. Her poetry is featured in: Time of the Poet Republic, Polarity Magazine, Poet Magazine, Eyeball magazine, Jerry Jazz Musician, cc&d Magazine, and Soup Can.  She also performed with various bands over the years. Her vocals are a blend of rock, blues, and jazz.   Recent work: Flower Poems: Personalities in Bloom

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Josie Rozell writes to the long-notes of Nina & Billie and salts the stanzas with a little Davis. She is the author of two collections of poetry and hand-cut collage: Articulated Soul (2021) and Deep Breath (2023). More of her work can be found at www.josierozell.wordpress.com.  She lives and creates by way of Berlin.

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Bernard Saint is a U.K. poet who has published in U.K. and United States literary magazines since the 1960’s. He is a regular contributor to International Times. His most recent book is ROMA, published by Smokestack Books. He worked as a therapist and supervisor in the U.K. National Health Service in psychiatry and in addiction recovery.
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Sarah Sarai is a poet in New York City.

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photo Sarah Pierce Photography

Short stories by Edward Sheehy have appeared online in: The Boston Literary Magazine, The Write Launch, The Book Smuggler’s Den, Frontier Tales, and Lake Street Stories, published by Flexible Press. Dog Ear Publishing released his novel, Cade’s Rebellion. He lives in Minneapolis, on the west bank of the Mississippi River.

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Scott Silsbe was born in Detroit and now lives in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. His poems have been collected in four books: Unattended Fire, The River Underneath the City, Muskrat Friday Dinner, and Meet Me Where We Survive. He is also an assistant editor at Low Ghost Press.

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Christopher D. Sims is a writer of poetry, a spoken word artist, and a human rights activist who uses words to inform. Born and raised on the west side of Rockford, Illinois, he has been writing since he was nine years old. A published poet, Christopher wrote a poetry and memoir collection entitled I was Born and Raised in The Rock in 2020. He is a fellow of the Intercultural Leadership Institute.

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Dr. Roger Singer was in private practice for 38 years in upstate New York. He has four children, Abigail, Caleb, Andrew and Philip and seven grandchildren. Dr. Singer has served on multiple committees for the American Chiropractic Association, lecturing at colleges in the United States, Canada and Australia, and has authored over fifty articles for his profession and served as a medical technician during the Vietnam era. Dr. Singer is the Poet Laureate of Old Lyme, Connecticut. He has had over 1,070 poems published on the Internet, magazines and in books and is a 2017 Pushcart Prize Award Nominee. He is also the President of the Shoreline Chapter of the Connecticut Poetry Society.

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Peter Gregg Slater, a historian, has taught at several institutions, including Dartmouth College and the University of California, Berkeley. His poetry, fiction, parody, and essays have appeared in DASH, Workers Write!, The Satirist, Masque & Spectacle, and The Westchester Review. He has been a jazz buff since his teenage years, with a special passion for hard bop.

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Michael Steffen’s fifth collection of poems, In the Factory of Loathing, will be published by Fernwood Press in April, 2024. New work has recently appeared, or will appear soon, in Bollman Bridge Review, The Chaffin Journal and Literary Cocktail Magazine.

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Joseph Stellin Jr. lives in Santa Clarita, California and writes what some people call “Horror Poetry.” He has been published in the local Signal newspaper numerous times, and his works are included in five Anthologies presented by The Golden Pen Writer’s Guild. Joe is working on publishing a book of his own in the near future.

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A native of Maryland’s eastern shore, Joel was educated at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (B.S.) and Rowan University (M.M.). He is the organist and choir director at First Presbyterian Church in Ocean City, MD. He can be reached at [email protected]

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Steve Trenam is currently teaching a poetry writing class as part of the Santa Rosa Junior College Older Adults Program, and is partially responsible for the formation of Poetic License Sonoma, an eight-member gathering of local poets who conduct Zoom readings once a month with the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. He is the author of An Affront to Gravity, published by Blue Light Press. Some of his poetry and ceramic art can be found in an ekphrastic poetry book titled, Canyon, River, Stone and Light, and in Pandemic Puzzle Poems, both published by Blue Light Press, 2021. Other poems appear in Crossroads, the Redwood Writers poetry anthology published in May 2022.

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Laura Trigg is a retired physician, jazz and blues fan of many years, and amateur poet. Her poems are influenced by the music and culture of the American South.

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photo by Jack Underwood

Terrance Underwood is a retired Rolls-Royce Service Engineer, veteran, College Grad (B.A. History) who has been listening to recorded jazz music since he was 5-6 yrs old. One of his first memories is listening to a 78 version of “Cherokee” by Charlie Barnett.

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Judith Vaughn lives in Sonoma, California. She attended New York City College, John F. Kennedy University, and Dominican University. She is a member of PoeticLicenseSonoma, who read their poetry the 4th Tuesday of each quarter at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, and Redwood Writers’, a branch of the California Writers Club. Publications: First Literary Review-East, an online literary publication, ’20-’22; Jerry Jazz Musician, “A Miles Davis Poetry Collection,” 2020; A Collection of Jazz Poetry – Fall/Winter 2021-22 edition; Sunday’s Poet, 2023 and Spring ’23 edition; Crossroads, Redwood Writers’ 2022 poetry anthology; and Moonlight & Reflections, Nine Sonoma Poets, Valley of the Moon Press 2022.

She is also a photographer. Photo images: 500px.com/judithjudith1

https://judithjudith.tumblr.com

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Duane Vorhees is an American living in Thailand. Hog Press of Ames, Iowa, has recently published three of his poetry collections (The Many Loves of Duane Vorhees, Heaven, and Gift: God Runs Through All These Rooms) and will put out a fourth sometime this year.

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Anthony Ward chooses to write because he has no choice. He writes to get rid of himself and lay his thoughts to rest. He derives most of his inspiration from listening to classical music and jazz since it is often the mood which inspires him. He has recently been published in Jerry Jazz Musician, Synchronized Chaos, Literary Yard, Mad Swirl, Shot Glass Journal and Ariel Chart.

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Isabel White has performed across the UK, at Shakespeare & Co in Paris and in Rotterdam. She was twice runner up in the BBC Radio 3 Proms Competitions; a finalist in nine others and poet-in-residence for organizations working with marginalized communities. With three full collections and a pamphlet under her belt, Isabel’s poetry has been widely published – in 18 books and journals to date. Isabel founded performance collective Alarms and Excursions in 2009, www.alarmsandexcursions.com

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Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. Click here to visit her website, and here for her Facebook page.

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Antoinette F. Winstead is a poet, playwright, director and actor living in San Antonio, Texas, where she’s a professor at Our Lady of the Lake University. Her poetry has appeared in several publications, including Voices de la Luna, Langdon Review, Texas Ballot Poetry, Tejas Covido, and The Poet Magazine. She is currently serving as the 2021-2022 Writer in Residence for the Carver Community Cultural Center in San Antonio, Texas. She was nominated for the 2022 Pushcart Prize by Jerry Jazz Musician for her poem “Life Is…

[Editor’s Note: Antoinette recently participated in a conversation with two other Jerry Jazz Musician contributing writers titled “Why We Write,” which can be viewed by clicking here]

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Henry Wolstat is a retired psychiatrist in his late 80’s living in the greater Boston area with his wife. He is the author of a poetry book, Driftwood. He has also been published in both printed anthologies and online. He is passionate about running, the arts, and poetry.

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Click here to read a collection of short jazz poetry, published in January, 2023

Click here to read the fall/winter 2022/23 collection of jazz poetry

Click here to read the summer 2022 collection of jazz poetry

Click here to read the spring 2022 collection of jazz poetry

 

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A Collection of Jazz Poetry — Winter, 2024 Edition...One-third of the Winter, 2024 collection of jazz poetry is made up of poets who have only come to my attention since the publication of the Summer, 2023 collection. What this says about jazz music and jazz poetry – and this community – is that the connection between the two art forms is inspirational and enduring, and that poets are finding a place for their voice within the pages of this website. (Featuring the art of Marsha Hammel)

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"Jazz and American Poetry," an essay by Tad Richards...In an essay that first appeared in the Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poetry in 2005, Tad Richards - a prolific visual artist, poet, novelist, and nonfiction writer who has been active for over four decades – writes about the history of the connection of jazz and American poetry.

Interview

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Interview with Gary Carner, author of Pepper Adams: Saxophone Trailblazer...The author speaks with Bob Hecht about his book and his decades-long dedication to the genius of Pepper Adams, the stellar baritone saxophonist whose hard-swinging bebop style inspired many of the top-tier modern baritone players.

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Poetry

Three poets and Sketches of Spain

Interview

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Interview with Judith Tick, author of Becoming Ella Fitzgerald: The Jazz Singer Who Transformed American Song...The author discusses her book, a rich, emotionally stirring, exceptional work that explores every element of Ella’s legacy in great depth, reminding readers that she was not only a great singing artist, but also a musical visionary and social activist.

Trading Fours with Douglas Cole

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Trading Fours, with Douglas Cole, No. 20: “Notes on Genius...This edition of the writer’s poetic interpretations of jazz recordings and film is written in response to the music of Wayne Shorter.

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Review

Jason Innocent, on “3”, Abdullah Ibrahim’s latest album... Album reviews are rarely published on Jerry Jazz Musician, but Jason Innocent’s experience with the pianist Abdullah Ibrahim’s new recording captures the essence of this artist’s creative brilliance.

Short Fiction

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Short Fiction Contest-winning story #64 — “The Old Casino” by J.B. Marlow...The author's award-winning story takes place over the course of a young man's life, looking at all the women he's loved and how the presence of a derelict building informs those relationships.

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Book Excerpt

Book excerpt from Jazz with a Beat: Small Group Swing 1940 – 1960, by Tad Richards

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Poetry

"Jazz Trio" by Samuel Dixon
A collection of jazz haiku, Vol. 2...The 19 poets included in this collection effectively share their reverence for jazz music and its culture with passion and brevity.

Jazz History Quiz #171

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In addition to being one of the greatest musicians of his generation, this Ohio native was an activist, leading “Jazz and People’s Movement,” a group formed in the late 1960’s who “adopted the tactic of interrupting tapings and broadcasts of television and radio programs (i.e. the shows of Johnny Carson, Dick Cavett [pictured] and Merv Griffin) in protest of the small number of Black musicians employed by networks and recording studios.” Who was he?

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Community

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.“Community Bookshelf, #2"...a twice-yearly space where writers who have been published on Jerry Jazz Musician can share news about their recently authored books. This edition includes information about books published within the last six months or so…

Contributing Writers

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Coming Soon

An interview with Tad Richards, author of Jazz With a Beat: Small Group Swing, 1940 - 1960;  an interview with Laura Flam and Emily Sieu Liebowitz, authors of But Will You Love Me Tomorrow? An Oral History of the 60's Girl Groups;  a new collection of jazz poetry; a collection of jazz haiku; a new Jazz History Quiz; short fiction; poetry; photography; interviews; playlists; and lots more in the works...

Interview Archive

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Click to view the complete 22 year archive of Jerry Jazz Musician interviews, including those recently published with Richard Carlin and Ken Bloom on Eubie Blake (pictured); Richard Brent Turner on jazz and Islam; Alyn Shipton on the art of jazz; Shawn Levy on the original queens of standup comedy; Travis Atria on the expatriate trumpeter Arthur Briggs; Kitt Shapiro on her life with her mother, Eartha Kitt; Will Friedwald on Nat King Cole; Wayne Enstice on the drummer Dottie Dodgion; the drummer Joe La Barbera on Bill Evans; Philip Clark on Dave Brubeck; Nicholas Buccola on James Baldwin and William F. Buckley; Ricky Riccardi on Louis Armstrong; Dan Morgenstern and Christian Sands on Erroll Garner; Maria Golia on Ornette Coleman.

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