The Last Jazz Fan and Other PoemsThe Last Jazz Fan and Other Poems, a collection of recent and selected poems by longtime Capital Region writer Kenneth Salzmann, is now available from Amazon.com and other major online booksellers.

The book has drawn praise from such literary notables as the iconic poet-novelist-activist Marge Piercy, who said, “Salzmann is a rare poet who can draft excellent and moving poems about nature and politics, about love and place, about old age, spirituality and friendship.

“You can feel in the poems the intelligence of the mind that created them and the compassion and wit of the poet.”

Novelist and short story writer Lucia Nevai, a recipient of the Iowa Award for Short Fiction and the author of Seriously (Little Brown) and Salvation (Tin House), said of The Last Jazz Fan and Other Poems, “Here is a mind unfairly comfortable with paradox, be it intellectual, emotional or spiritual — and a heart-breaking voice that is up to the task.”

Kenneth Salzmann is a writer and poet whose work has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, literary journals and anthologies, including Child of My Child: Poems and Stories for Grandparents (Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises), a Finalist (Anthology) in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude (Holy Cow! Press), Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers (Codhill Press), The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home (Holy Cow! Press). He is the author of a regional history, Albany Scrapbook: Life and Lore in Albany, New York, Through Four Centuries, and has also worked as an arts administrator and a marketing and development consultant to nonprofits nationwide. He lives in Woodstock, New York, with his wife, editor Sandi Gelles-Cole.

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The Last Jazz Fan and Other Poems contains 31 poems and retails for $10.95.