Arts Calling Podcast #22 Christian J. Collier | Genuine impact, multiple mediums, and the gleaming of the blade

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Hi there,

My name is Jaime and I interview creatives from all walks of life. Today I am over the moon to be arts calling Christian J. Collier!

About Christian: “He’s got a compelling voice, and he can electrify an audience.” -Michael Edward Miller, Host of Around & About

Perhaps the best way to describe him is by what he doesn’t do. Christian is a modern renaissance man (poet, musician, educator, event host, etc.) who has been called a street beatnik, the spoken-word rockstar, and an artist to watch among other (mostly positive) things. Regardless of the medium though, Christian’s objective is the same: to genuinely impact and connect with each audience he’s in front of. It is this mission statement that has motivated him to keep pushing himself to delve deeper as an artist, performer, and person. Christian J. Collier is a Black, Southern writer, arts organizer, and teaching artist who resides in Chattanooga, TN. He is the author of the chapbook The Gleaming of the Blade from Bull City Press. His works have appeared or are forthcoming in North American Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Atlanta Review, and elsewhere. A 2015 Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellow, he is also the winner of the 2020 ProForma Contest and the 2019-2020 Seven Hills Review Poetry Contest.

SUPPORT CHRISTIAN’S WORK! The Gleaming of the Blade now available through Bull City Press. Click to purchase!

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Thank you so much for coming on the show, Christian!

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Make art. Much love,


If you’re a creative in the written, visual, or performing arts, and believe the arts make us and our communities better, I’d love to talk to you! Contact me here.

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