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Junk has been Freshly Pressed

Posted in editor's corner with tags on August 28, 2013 by Tim Elhajj

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Junk has been freshly pressed by the editorial team at WordPress, which basically just means we’re getting a lot of traffic.

Hooray!

It’s all coming in for Cheryl Strayed’s Heroin/e, a fantastic essay. We’re so proud she let us post it. I don’t know if I mentioned it, but I really don’t know Cheryl all that well. I am one of her Facebook friends because I am northwest writer and we have a lot of friends in common. I hadn’t even met her when I messaged her and asked if we could post her essay, because it fit so well with our journal’s theme. She wrote me back almost immediately. She made it seem as if I were doing her a favor by posting it. She is just that kind of person.

Now, because of her generosity, the WordPress editorial staff’s help,  a lot more people will get to read her essay. I’m so pleased to be a part of it. It’s a really good story.

Read it.

Read it again.

You won’t be disappointed.

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Some Kind of Animal by James Brown

Posted in editor's corner with tags , , , on August 1, 2012 by Tim Elhajj

Doping scandals come, and doping scandals go, but you can count on James Brown to deliver the goods in Some Kind of Animal, his incredible true story about using performance enhancing drugs, now appearing in our summer edition of Junk.

Also, dear readers, we have a great surprise for you in the early fall, but I don’t want to reveal it just yet. I do want to hint. Another great writer, someone really sweet, this time from our own Pacific Northwest backyard. Generous as she is talented, she’s given us permission to run a fabulous story, and we’re proud to present it for the very first time online in its entirety.

Keep watching.

Junk’s 2011 Pushcart Prize Nominations Announced

Posted in editor's corner with tags , , , , , , on December 2, 2011 by Tim Elhajj

Junk announces its 2011 Pushcart Prize nominees:

Slow Burn by Erin Murphy

Cracked by Shannon Barber

One of the delights of running a literary journal is seeing the new work come in and feeling the sense of pride that comes with being able to publish it.

What an honor to be trusted with such great work.

Junk Editorial Staff Goes to the City by the Bay

Posted in editor's corner with tags , , on October 13, 2011 by Editors

Junk was stomping around San Francisco for LITQUAKE. Tim appeared on an author panel that was reviewed favorably in the Bay area press with such notable writers as Bucky Sinister, Alan Kaufman, Cary Tennis, Ali Liebegott, and Wendy Merrill.

But it wasn’t all work. Time was made for goofing off.

Nice!

We saw the lights.

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Left our mark on the hallowed walls.

Some San Francisco passerby giving Holly rabbit ears. Thanks, dude!

Were toyed with by the locals at the sights.

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But when we came upon Turk and Taylor, we knew well to turn and head the other way. No need to tempt the fates!

Watch Junk for a new story next week from an anonymous but inspired author. We think you’ll like the “high” he has to offer.

Feel Like a Number

Posted in editor's corner with tags , , on July 29, 2011 by The Editors

This just in from the Library of Congress.

Junk has an official ISSN number. That acronym stands for International Standard Serial Number. For Junk, that number would be: ISSN 2162-4003.

The editorial staff is busy reviewing the presentation guidelines to update the journal. Meanwhile, no one will mistake us for anyone else’s Junk.

Want a little Sugar in your Junk?

Posted in editor's corner with tags , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2011 by Editors

Junk loves “Dear Sugar,” an advice column published every Thursday in The Rumpus. We love “Dear Sugar” because it is well-written, funny, raunchy, and it often makes us cry. Sugar charms us with her confidence. She woos us with eff bombs tossed into the same sentences as endearments such as “dearie” and “sweetpea.” But we love her the most when she cops to her personal junk, telling us stories about her life in order to connect with us. Her stories inform her perspective, and more than any other single variable, perspective is what gives “Dear Sugar” its punch. That’s when the sparks really fly.

And we’re not the only ones who think so.

Recently, “Dear Sugar” appeared in The Sun literary magazine. In the June 2011 edition, The Sun published a compilation of four of Sugar’s columns from The Rumpus as a stand-alone essay. Talk about art meeting life!

Sugar is a pseudonym, the author’s identity a closely guarded secret. But we know that she’s married with two kids, has had sex with both men and women, done heroin, suffered abuse from her father, worked as a counselor with at-risk youth, and that she writes “like a motherfucker.” Her writing reveals her to be ageless: youthful in her indiscretions, ancient in her wisdom.

Meanwhile, Sugar is at work on a book-length memoir under her real name, which may mean that very soon, the identity of Sugar will be revealed to her many admirers. At Junk, we are excited to read her memoir, but, frankly, we’re just as eager to read next Thursday’s column, because even though her identity is currently protected with Guantanamo Bay level security (and her identity interests us just as much as the next reader), we believe Sugar tells us everything we really need to know about herself in her weekly column.

Want a little Sugar with your Junk? Read more here.

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Editorial Staff at Junk

Posted in editor's corner with tags , , , on February 14, 2011 by Tim Elhajj

Fresh Fremont beer

Yesterday the editorial team met in funky Fremont (located on the planet Earth, as duly noted by the sign) to discuss this month’s issue of Junk, which is going to be a real treat. Trust us. We have something really special.

This sign, found on a Fremont sidewalk, pleased us for so many reasons. Its exuberance, its pointed note that the beer in question has only recently been brewed, its emphatic arrow. But most of all, its motto: Because Beer Matters. It’s just fermented malt with sugar and yeast, flavored with a little hops. But it matters.

This is how we feel about our little monthly nonfiction issues. Small and lovely, but they matter. Little valentines from us to you.

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