Jelani Cobb of Columbia Journalism School Interviews Incarcerated Writer Quntos KunQuest
June 30, 2021 In the Press
The writer Quntos KunQuest has been in prison in Louisiana for the last twenty-five years. For the New Yorker, Jelani Cobb of Columbia Journalism School, interviews the author about This Life, his debut novel that tells the story of men serving time in the same prison.
I think that a lot of the time, when we deal with prisoners, the thing that we get in our mind is guys sitting around, guys playing cards. People don’t want to confront the fact that we’re men. So I wanted to get that element of prison in there. And, I don’t know, a lot of my guys might feel like I spoke about some things that shouldn’t have been spoken about. But I think that the biggest problem with prisoners right now, with isolation, is people not listening to us.