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A Reason to Smile by Alan Kaufman

Posted in journal updates with tags , , , , , on February 15, 2012 by Tim Elhajj

The esteemed Alan Kaufman closes out our winter issue with A Reason to Smile. This story is an excerpt from Kaufman’s new book, Drunken Angel.

A Reason to Smile is wonderfully pointed criticism of American values, especially care for the poor, mentally ill and homeless. It’s exactly the sort of political, self-aware writing we love.

We visited San Francisco and heard Alan read from Drunken Angel and were suitably impressed. We’re so proud to present his work on Junk.

Later this month we’ll sit down with Alan to discuss writing and recovery.


When You Wake Up by Aimee E. Millwood

Posted in journal updates with tags , , , on January 16, 2012 by Tim Elhajj

Aimee Millwood lights the house on fire with her story, When You Wake Up.

I’m so blow away by this piece. I love how she stays in the aftermath of the event throughout the story. Absolutely the best way to tell a story like this, so unrelenting and frightening for the reader (smart, smart choice to tell it in second person).

The fine detail and excellent imagery stand as testaments to her recovery, the return of her skill with language. And the ending… Just sublime. I can totally relate, I’m sure most people will.

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.

A String of Lights by Allison McCabe

Posted in journal updates with tags , , on November 15, 2011 by Tim Elhajj

Allison McCabe closes the door on the Fall 2011 issue with her haunting look at the San Fernando Valley in A String of Lights.

I love how unabashedly nostalgic this piece feels, but without pulling any of its punches, the way talk of the past often does.

Junk is proud to present, Allison McCabe, my friends.

Allison McCabe.

Brock Kingsley kicks off Junk’s Fall issue with All Filler

Posted in journal updates with tags , , , , , on September 19, 2011 by Tim Elhajj

Brock Kingsley’s story, All Filler, kicks off a new Fall season on Junk!

All Filler captures the capricious nature of addiction, the mystery of how some people fall, while others narrowly miss disaster. It’s a mesmerizing story.

In the comments section, Gary Presley, author of Seven Wheelchairs: A Life beyond Polio, notes how subtly Kingsley ratchets up the tension, even as the story’s opening line reveals the ending. Until Gary mentioned it, I hadn’t noticed that aspect of the story. Part of the joy of sharing these stories is when someone points out something I might have otherwise never noticed. I love these conversations!

Upcoming Fall issue contributors include Joe Whalen and Allison McCabe. We couldn’t be more pleased with the wonderful stories we’ve been so fortunate to receive at Junk.


Barfly On The Wall by Joe Bonomo

Posted in journal updates with tags , , , , , on June 15, 2011 by The Editors

Junk presents, Barfly on the Wall, an essay by the esteemed Joe Bonomo. When this piece came across our desks, we jumped up and down and hugged one another. Okay, not really jumping up and down. But we were very excited.

Some writers romanticize the hard life of the addict. Still many other writers have lived this difficult life. And sometimes these writers are one and the same person. But not Joe Bonomo. He’s got a story all his own. We’re tickled pink that Mr. Bonomo has entrusted Junk with Barfly On The Wall, an extraordinary piece of memoir.

See for yourself.

Yaaaay! Bite Your Nails! by Jeffrey Brown

Posted in journal updates with tags , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2011 by Holly Huckeba

When I heard Jeffrey Brown speak on an autobio comics panel at Stumptown Comic Fest in Portland, I knew I’d struck gold: cartoonists creating strips that were explicitly memoir.


I sent Jeff an email, telling him a little about Junk, inviting him to check out our site and submit if he wanted. He told me he didn’t really have anything related to addiction except perhaps one strip about nail biting.


So, here we go, folks. We’re launching our first Comics Edition at Junk, presenting Jeffrey Brown’s piece, “Yaaaay! Bite Your Nails!

Help us get the word out. This is going to be fun.

Need by Dinty W. Moore Available Now

Posted in journal updates with tags , , on December 15, 2010 by Holly Huckeba

Junk presents the first of its visual arts submissions: “Need,” by the esteemed Dinty W. Moore.

Tim and I were so excited when we saw this photo. Not only were we happy to receive a submission from Dinty Moore, but the photo reveals so much about the effects of addiction. The setting reflects the desperation and defiance of the addict. The composition and framing of the subjects illuminates a network of need—the girl holds a protective hand over what might be a baby strapped to her belly, track marks riddling the back of her knee. The dog pines for the girl’s attention, its leash dangling uselessly. And the bottle of wine—almost a study itself—lies drained to the dregs.

And what does this piece tell us about Mr. Moore? It’s almost as mysterious as what the poor child in the picture holds in her arms. We know the photo was taken in Florence, Italy, in the late summer of this year. Perhaps a vacation? Possibly business? What does it say when a photographer visits one of the jewels of the Renaissance and returns with a photograph of a junky as mournful and evocative as this?

We don’t know. We can only guess, dear reader.

What we do know is that this is a fine piece of visual nonfiction, and we are pleased as punch to present it here on Junk.


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