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Picnic, Lightning
by Billy Collins '63

Picnic, Lightning (University of Pittsburgh Press) by Billy Collins '63 is the author's sixth book of poetry. The collection is divided into four sections of energetic and varied verse with such intriguing titles as "Shoveling Snow With Buddha" and "The Death of the Hat."  Collins' work has been praised by X.J. Kennedy, who wrote, "Nobody else writes quite like Collins, and few indeed write any better."

Billy Collins is the author of six books of poetry including The Art of Drowning and Questions About Angels. Collins is the recipient of numerous fellowships including one from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has been honored as Poet of the Year by Poetry magazine in 1994. His work has appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, Harper's, and American Scholar. He is a professor of English at Lehman College, CUNY.


Picnic, Lightning


A Cool Yule
by Steve Calderone '81

A Cool Yule by Steve Calderone '81 (Warner Brothers Publications) is a collection of piano arrangements for intermediate and advanced jazz piano. The book features a collection of traditional Christmas hymns and songs adapted with extensive use of jazz harmonies and richer than usual textures. Included are unique interpretations of  The First Noel, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, and Away in a Manger.

For over 20 years, Steve Calderone has been teaching, arranging and playing music. While a student at Holy Cross, Calderone performed "Rhapsody in Blue" with the College orchestra and led the cast and orchestra as musical director of a theatrical production of Pippin. He has played for or directed over a dozen church music groups and over two dozen theatrical productions. His piano students have ranged in age from five to 75. He has toured Europe with a vocal and instrumental group and currently serves as the diocesan pianist in Springfield, Mass. More information about A Cool Yule can be found at http://members.tripod.com/~steve_calderone/index.html.

  A Cool Yule

Labor's Great War
by Joseph A. McCartin '81

Labor's Great War (The University of North Carolina Press), by Joseph A. McCartin '81, "illuminates how workers and their adversaries battled over the meaning of 'industrial democracy' and how the outcome of that contrast shaped our labor politics for decades to come."

McCartin's book looks at the origins of the 20th-century U.S. labor relations, stating that the efforts workers made to achieve democracy in their workplaces occurred at the same time as World War I, when they were attempting to make the world safe for democracy. This, he writes, changed the way the American labor movement evolved and how it was later responsible for the New Deal reforms.

McCartin is an associate professor of history at the State University of New York, Geneseo.

  Labor’s Great War
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