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Author: Tommy Pico

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Indigenous American poet, editor, and general vocal cheese fry Tommy Pico interviews a treasure trove of cultural luminaries about relics, keepsakes, and rando baubles in their apartments, sussing out the stories of their Junk. Each episode ends with a short reading from his latest poetry collection (also called Junk nbd lol smiley face). Brought to you by Tin House Books.
8 Episodes
Friends, we’ve reached the end. This is the last Junior Mint in the box, the consequential caramel corn pop-pop bop in yr dental work, the final fry in this plastic basket as the credits come up—and oh is this ep saturated with the drippy sugars of its delectable fore-others. To say goodbye we’ve got Julianne Escobedo Shephard, Fariha Róisín, and in a Twister plot twist of cyclonic proportions: we finish off the final episode of the final show with our final gyal producer Alexandra DiPalma. She has done so much for this show, and for other shows I’ve been on, and a bunch you’ve probably heard of but didn’t know she was the magic pin-up. All hands on the great one: I love you Alex thanks so much for everything. Ending of course with a final excerpt from my long poem Junk, the reason for the season, and brought to you each week by Tin House Books. See these cuties’s Junk each week on our Instagram @junkpodcast Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, @jawnita Fariha Róisín, @fariharoisin Alexandra DiPalma, @LSDiPalma Tommy Pico, Host @heyteebs Alexandra DiPalma, producer go to sleep or kick w/yr pills Kenya Anderson, production assistance @kenya_digg_it
Hootie hoo and a nelly nacho howdy-do to you! It’s a poet’s feast this week as we’ve got Angel Nafis, sam sax, and Max Steele on the show with some extremely comely Junk. And being poets of course they talk about Junky love: Junking toward the future of romantic love, Junk as a reminder of the love for your art practice, and Junk as memory for a beloved pet. To finish us off, I’ve got a Cactus Candy-like teensy piece of my long poem Junk wrapped up and ready for ya! Brought to you, as always, by Tin House Books Follow us on Instagram to get a sneaky peek at our poet’s Junk this week: @junkpodcast Angel Nafis: @AngelNafis sam sax: @samsax1 Max Steele: @billycheer Tommy Pico, host: @heyteebs Alexandra DiPalma, producer: @LSDiPalma Kenya Anderson, production assistant: @kenya_digg_it
Wiggly gummy worm what’s up my Junky whatsits! You got thingamabobs? I got plenty. I… want… more? This episode is a bauble if ever I got one—partly a podcast crossover with the clever young fairies from Las Culturistas Bowen Yang and Matt Rogers aaaand one of the sharpest prose writers in the game, Chelsea Hodson! This week it’s all about how Junk feeds our ambition: as a reminder of where we come from, what we pour ourselves into and what feeds us, and what propels our commitment. Followed up with a pyrotechnic spectacle of gassy verse from my long poem Junk. Brought to you as always by Tin House Books. Follow us on Instagram for peek into each interviewees extra special Junk @junkpodcast Bowen Yang, @bowenyang Matt Rogers, @MattRogersTho Chelsea Hodson, @ChelseaHodson Tommy Pico, host @heyteebs Alexandra DiPalma, producer @LSDiPalma Kenya Anderson, production assistant @kenya_digg_it
Sudsy soda salutations my Junky sussers! This week we’ve got a show recorded variously at the alpha and omega of it all, the Tin House Summer Workshop! Our all-star line-up this week consists of Danez Smith, Alexander Chee, and Jenna Wortham talking all about the world building inherent in our Junk. Sometimes we use Junk to orient ourselves to the world around us, fill our world with reflections of us, and bring our world with us wherever we go. Followed up with a particularly saucy excerpt from Junk the long poem. Brought to you as always by Tin House Books. Check out our Instagram to see all these lovely ppls *Junk* each week tee hee @junkpodcast Danez Smith, @Danez_Smif Alexander Chee, @alexanderchee Jenna Wortham, @jennydeluxe Tommy Pico, host @heyteebs Alexandra DiPalma, Producer @LSDiPalma Kenya Anderson, Production Assistant @kenya_digg_it
What’s up nutter butters!? Come tumble toward my humble new offering of Junk! This week we’ve got Anastacia-Reneé Tolbert, Harron Walker and Matt Ortile showing us how we can use Junk to commune with, communicate, and to construct much of the world around us. Anastacia-Reneé is a performer and poet, most recently of the collection (v.) by Gramma Press, Harron Walker is a contributing writer at Jezebel, and Matt Ortile is the outgoing global publishing lead for BuzzFeed International. Followed up of course with a mouthwatering reading from my long poem Junk. Brought to you by Tin House Books. Follow our Instagram to see each guest’s *ahem* junk every week @junkpodcast Anastacia-Reneé Tolbert, @AnastaciaRenee2 Harron Walker, @HarronWawker Matt Ortile, @ortile Tommy Pico, host @heyteebs Alexandra DiPalma, Producer @LSDiPalma Kenya Anderson, Production Assistant @kenya_digg_it
Hello my little Skittles, have I got some vittles for you: This week’s Junk is a special crossover ep with those gay sluts who love to read, Food 4 Thot! That’s right, we’ve got Fran Tirado, Joseph Osmundson, and Dennis Norris II—nobody’s junior—showing us that Junk can pluck us from the brink of sibling estrangement, Junk can remind us to try with the corny optimism of youth, and Junk can reinforce a meaningful link we have to those we’ve lost, sometimes in ways we didn’t know when they were here. Fran Tirado is a writer, editor, queer community maker, and glitter evangelist. Joseph Osmundson is a scientist, non-fiction writer, total crop Top, and the softest bowl of soft-serve you’ll ever meet. Dennis Norris II—nobody’s junior—is a writer, reader, former figure skater, lapsed violist, and all-star around the way girl. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll eat some gummy peaches, and to finish you off I’ll read a particularly Funyun-flavored excerpt from Junk the epic poem. Brought to you by Tin House Books. Follow our Instagram to see each guest’s *ahem* junk every week @junkpodcast Fran Tirado, @fransquishco Joseph Osmundson, @reluctantlyjoe Dennis Norris II, @theearldenden Tommy Pico, host @heyteebs Alexandra DiPalma, producer @LSDiPalma Kenya Anderson, production assistant @kenya_digg_it Fran Tirado’s junk is a handmade card from his sister, giving you ransom note from the front and murder scene from the back Joeseph Osmundson’s junk is his fully-mounted and priced high school photography and the MoMA is QUAKING rn Dennis Norris II—nobody’s junior—has a framed photo “in this gorgeous silver frame” from their final routine on the ice, but far from their final time at the kiss & cry
Waddup butterbeans! It’s Tommy “Teebs” Pico and we’ve got a great episode of Junk ready and waiting for you. This week we bring you an unlikely band tee worn thin with familial affection, a broken lamp that illuminates far-flung junk economies, and a Prince tambourine that shows us not just our relationship to junk, but how junk can make us look differently at our relationships. Victoria Ruiz is an activist and musician, front person for the band Downtown Boys. Jenny Zhang writes poetry, fiction and non-fiction, most recently the short story collection Sour Heart. Nichole Perkins co-hosts BuzzFeed’s Thirst Aid Kit and authored the brand spakin new poetry collection Lilith, But Dark. Followed up, as always, with a short excerpt from my book Junk. Brought to you by Tin House Books. Follow our Instagram to see each guests *ahem* junk every week! @junkpodcast Victoria Ruiz, @victoriacosmica Jenny Zhang, @jennybagel Nichole Perkins, @tnwhiskeywoman Tommy Pico, host @heyteebs Alexandra Dipalma, producer @LSDiPalma Kenya Anderson, production assistant @kenya_digg_it
Junk: coming July 1

Junk: coming July 1


Junk: coming July 1 by Tommy Pico
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