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Anya Wassenberg

A long time writer steeped in arts and culture.

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I'm a long time freelance writer with a strong specialty in arts, culture, travel, and the ways they intersect. Jazz has always been a strong thread in my arts writing, and was a big part of the soundtrack I grew up with. As a blogger, I receive new material to review and concerts to go to on a daily basis, and I'm only sad there's never enough time for it all.

My writing on arts and culture, including posts from my blog ArtandCultureMaven.com, and published pieces in Huffington Post, among others, have been cited and appear in the bibliography of several academic publications and books, including a paper published in 'AnthroSource,' Published by the American Anthropological Association (February 2018), and books such as 'Global Africa: Into the Twenty-First Century' (Dorothy Hodgson, ‎Judith Byfield - Univ of California Press, Aug 1, 2017). My pop culture epistles :) have garnered more than 20 million views internationally on various websites including theInquisitr and TheRichest.

I appreciate the fact that many musicians and other artists have included excerpts of my reviews in their PR material, including several members of the American Composers Forum. Since I'm inundated with material to review, I concentrate my efforts on work that I like and that interests me. My goal is to preserve the old fashioned way of arts writing - to act as a bridge between artist and audience.

In addition to writing, I teach creative writing at the college level, and I'm also a singer with local bands in a variety of genres. I'm interested in all permutations of jazz, incorporating influences from around the globe.

My Jazz Story

I love jazz because of its essence of invention and expression. It's real music.

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