CQ Speaks is the voice of The Carolina Quarterly. Join us monthly for an irreverent mix of curated readings, interviews with authors, editor tell-alls, and issue release parties. For readers, writers, and the curious.
Suite/Music with Patrick Milian
Colin Dekeersgieter talks with Patrick Milian about his suite of poems in the Winter 2021 issue of The Carolina Quarterly. They talk about the ethics of form, the freedom of collaboration, and more. Patrick reads three of his poems from the issue.
On Field Music With Alexandria Hall
Colin Dekeersgieter sits down with Alexandria Hall to discuss her poetry collection Field Music (2020). They discuss the art of mishearing, abundance and porosity, the shame of thinking poetically, and more. Alexandria reads three poems. There's some giggling.
Colin Dekeersgieter talks with Leo Collins about Maurice Natanson's essay "Academic Madness" from the Winter 1963 issue of The Carolina Quarterly. Raymond Carver is ignored. Colin maybe sealions. Things get personal.
Harvey's "The Coat of Many Coloreds"
Colin Dekeersgieter sits down with essayist and fiction writer Alisa Koyrakh to discuss Aisha A. Harvey's short story "The Coat of Many Coloreds" in the Summer 2020 Issue. Stay tuned to the end to hear Adam Houle read his poem "Easy Bird."
The Spring 2020 Issue
Colin sits down with editor-in-chief Kylan Rice to talk about the Spring 2020 issue of The Carolina Quarterly. This episode features readings by poet Jessica Q. Stark. Enjoy!
Langston Hughes in Chapel Hill (pt.2 "Christ in Alabama")
Colin Dekeersgieter sits down with poet and scholar Emilio Taiveaho Peláez for the second part of their discussion on Langston Hughes's visit to Chapel Hill and his publications in Contempo: A Review of Books and Personalities.
"Under discussion here is Langston Hughes’s 1931 poem 'Christ in Alabama' & listenin’ through this conversation it’s clear that it was a different (and sadly the same) world when this was recorded. Colin & I sat down on May 16 to have this discussion, nine days before the (yet again) public, viral homicide of George Floyd — the hip hop artist Big Floyd — at the hands of the police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The case of the Scottsboro Boys (discussed in this two-part podcast), the history and legacies of lynching, and police brutality as a public performance of whiteness, are not unrelated...
This podcast, a conversation about systemic racism, poetry, music, and collective identity, attempts to unpack and reckon with a history of institutional hatred and the dehumanization of Black Life, topics that are important for White Audiences to confront—now more than ever.
'If you know your history / Then you would know where you coming from.'
Black Stories Matter, Black Lives Matter." — Emilio Taiveaho Peláez