Jean Huets is author of With Walt Whitman, Himself, acclaimed as “a book of marvels” by poet Steve Scafidi and “a true Whitmanian feast” by scholar Ed Folsom. Her writing is in the New York Times, The Millions, Ron Slate’s On the Seawall, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, North American Review, and Civil War Monitor. She is co-author, with Stuart R. Kaplan, of The Encyclopedia of Tarot and author of The Cosmic Tarot—based on the art of Norbert Loesche—and of The Bones You Have Cast Down, a novel set in Renaissance Italy and inspired by the true story of the Popess tarot card. She co-founded Circling Rivers, which publishes literary nonfiction and poetry. jeanhuets.com.
Wind instruments tend to be slighted as solo instruments in classical repertoire; violin, piano, and cello more often take center stage. Bryan A. Crumplers clarinet playing would make you wish things were otherwise. His technical command of the instrument allows both intellect and emotion to sing; his sensitive and informed performances deliver composers' ideas and yearnings, sorrow, rage, and joy right into the spirit of the listener.