Loose Leaf

Loose Leaf takes Southern Cultures from print to multimedia. Stay tuned for regular features that expand conversations started in our pages.

Spring 2019

Kiese Laymon & Tressie McMillan Cottom

To kick off our 25th anniversary and celebrate the Backward/Forward Issue, we hosted writers Kiese Laymon & Tressie McMillan Cottom in conversation on May 2, 2019. This video contains language which may be considered offensive to some.

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Winter 2018

Anything Can Be A Love Story

For this February day, we sat down with local podcast hosts Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer of This Is Love and Criminal. The two talked to us about what can make a love story—from Diet Coke to clarinets to the color blue.

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Winter 2018

The Orchard of Last Resort

For Thanksgiving, we sat down with Lee Calhoun at the Southern Heritage Apple Orchard to discuss the little known history of apples in the region.

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Summer 2018

Zachary Davis: An Education Down East

We recently joined high school teacher, commercial fisherman, and boat builder Zachary Davis at the boathouse his great-grandfather built in Marshallberg, North Carolina, to talk about education and opportunity Down East. This conversation took place in advance of the “Community Conversation About Coastal Change” at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center on Harkers Island, where RISING is currently on view.

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Coastal Food

An Evangelist for Bonefish

Southern Cultures sits down with Ricky Moore, “chef, owner, and chief rocker of Saltbox Seafood Joint, located in Durham, North Carolina—Bull City, U.S.A.,” to talk about sustainable seafood from the North Carolina coast.

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Things

Roger Manley: “Show & Tell”

We recently caught up with Roger Manley, director of the Gregg Museum of Art and Design at NC State University, to coincide with our current issue on Things. And we got right down to the thing, asking about the study of objects. “Well, the quickest way to define material culture is to come see this show,” Manley joked about the museum’s inaugural exhibit, Show and Tell. “I think this is a show of almost nothing …

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Poetry, Fall 2017

Tyree Daye: “A List of Waters”

Interview Excerpt Tyree Daye, with Southern Cultures Poetry Editor Gabby Calvocoressi Gabby Calvocoressi: Hi, I’m Gabby Calvocoressi. Welcome to poetry at Southern Cultures. I’ve got Tyree Daye here with us today. We’re super excited. Tyree, you are the first poet to have a poem in Southern Cultures magazine just as I’ve become the poetry editor. Tyree Daye: Nice, nice. Yeah. GC: And I was so excited to have Tyree give us a poem. I first …

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Winter 2016

Southern Accent: The Necessity of a Show Like This

“There’s a very sophisticated conversation in the South that people outside of the South don’t know about,” says Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and co-curator of the exhibition Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art. Before the show opened in September, Southern Cultures sat down with Schoonmaker and artists Stacy Lynn Waddell and Jeff Whetstone, both featured in the …

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21c Fiction

Shannon Ravenel: Moving Toward Southern Literature

Back when John Updike didn’t get it, Shannon Ravenel did. From her early days in New York publishing, to co-founding Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill and editing the essential New Stories from the South series for two decades, Ravenel has been at the fore of shaping and sharing southern literature. We recently sat down with the editor and publisher (extraordinaire) for our Loose Leaf series. In addition to our video interview with Ravenel, we are …

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Music

Lenard D. Moore: A Black Man Tells His Son the Whole Story

Poet Lenard D. Moore reads his poem, “A Black Man Tells His Son the Whole Story,” which was published in our latest Music Issue. “For fifty years I sweat my dues, wept salt liquor from the blues,” Moore singsongs. “This story I tell wherever I go.”

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