About Us

The Carolina Quarterly publishes a variety of poetry, fiction, essays, reviews, and artwork three times a year. Approximately 1,000 copies are distributed to readers locally and to individual subscribers, public and university libraries, and bookstores in the United States and overseas. Back issues are sold throughout the year. Free online access to the full-text of our issues is available to every UNC student.

The Carolina Quarterly has been publishing established and emergent writers for 65 years. Recent issues have featured the works of Lauri Anderson, James Gordon Bennett, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Sean Bishop, Nicole Terez Dutton, Aaron Gwyn, K.A. Hays, Caitlin Horrocks, Stuart Nadler, Ben Purkert, Valerie Sayers, Ken Taylor, Matthew Volmer, G.C. Waldrep, Jerald Walker, and more. Pieces published in The Carolina Quarterly have appeared in New Stories from the South, Best of the South, Poetry Daily, O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prizes, and Best American Short Stories.

Fiction co-Editors

Rae Yan & Laura Broom

Non-Fiction Editor

Travis Alexander

Poetry Editors

Sarah George & Calvin Olsen

Book Review Editor

Sam Bednarchik

Cover Design

Philip McFee

Art Editor

Chloe Accardi

Moira Marquis | Editor-In-Chief

INTERNS: John Ligtenberg, Krista Harder, Noah Sayre, Maddie Norris, Samantha Farley
FICTION READERS: Mallory Findlay, Kenneth Lota, Lauren Pinkerton, and Anneke Schwob
POETRY READERS: Maggie Horzempa, Rachel Matsumura, Brittany Casali


The Carolina Quarterly has a long history. In 1844, the North Carolina University Magazine, published by members of the senior class, struggled through ten numbers and one year before expiring. In February 1852, Volume 1, Number 1 of a magazine bearing the same name appeared quietly at Chapel Hill, acknowledging its predecessor and praying for better luck.

By 1861, the new North Carolina Magazine was flourishing, publishing local writers, students’ work, remembrances, and reflections, but the magazine and later the University were closed by the Civil War. In March 1878, the magazine reappeared under the same name, beginning again with Volume 1, Number 1, in which series it ran until 1920. In October of that year, it became the New Carolina Magazine and once again appeared as Volume 1, Number 1.

During the Depression, it metamorphosed from magazine format into a quasi-tabloid affair, emerging in 1929 under the same name and as Volume 1, Number 1. In 1934, recovering slowly from the Hoover days, the chameleon journal reverted to its previous magazine format and began claiming on its masthead, “The Oldest College Publication in the U.S. Founded in 1844.”

In 1948, the Carolina Magazine became The Carolina Quarterly – published three times per year in accordance with the three quarters in the University’s school year. Over the years, it has published the works of many up-and-coming authors who soon establish themselves as significant voices in the American literary landscape, including A. R. Ammons, T. C. Boyle, Raymond Carver, Don DeLillo, Annie Dillard, Louise Erdrich, Ha Jin, Denis Johnson, Denise Levertov, Joyce Carol Oates, and Lee Smith, among others. It has also published interviews with such award-winning authors as Russell Banks, Pam Durban, Richard Ford, Amy Hempel, Calvin Trillin, Tobias Wolff, Larry Brown, and John Edgar Wideman, among others.

Both Esquire and Writers’ Digest have cited The Carolina Quarterly alongside such magazines as The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly as a place to find consistently good writing. New Pages reviewer Mark Cunningham has said of the Quarterly: “This is a journal whose value far exceeds the subscription cost.” Clockwatch Review named it the best literary magazine in North Carolina. Stories first published in The Carolina Quarterly have been honored with appearances in such anthologies as Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prizes: Best of the Small Presses, and New Stories from the South. Poems from recent issues of The Carolina Quarterly have been featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. We believe this reputation for excellence reflects well on the university – and the state of North Carolina – as a whole. In a 1997 interview, award-winning North Carolina poet and novelist Robert Morgan called The Carolina Quarterly “one of the glories of UNC-Chapel Hill, and the state of North Carolina.”

Today The Carolina Quarterly remains a proudly student-run journal, with a robust staff of both graduate and undergraduate editors, interns, and assistants. We continue to publish three print issues per year.


Find Us

UNC students can get a free copy of the latest issue of The Carolina Quarterly on magazine racks in Greenlaw Hall, The UL, and Davis Library.

Members of the public can purchase the latest issue at the Bulls Head Bookshop, the NewPages Webstore, or by sending a check or money order for $9 to The Carolina Quarterly, 510 Greenlaw Hall, CB# 3520, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520. Please include the desired issue number in the memo line.