An essay on jazz great John Coltrane by Afro-American studies professor John H. Bracey Jr. that appeared in The Massachusetts Review is included in a list of Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction of 2016 published in the 2017 edition of “The Best American Essays.”
The special Music Issue of the campus-based literary journal, published last winter, also earned a spot on a list of Notable Special Issues of 2016.
Bracey’s essay, “The Coming of John, with Apologies to W.E.B. Du Bois and Amus Mor,” recounts his memories of various Coltrane performances, the musician’s role in the development of a black consciousness in the 1960s and early ’70s and the evolution of the saxophonist’s music.
“John’s essay was actually the first time, in all our nearly 60 years, that we’d published his work, so it was wonderful to hear that the essay and issue got notice in this annual publication,” said Jim Hicks, executive editor of the journal.