Author Archives: Justin
About JustinJustin Kern pays the annual bill to own this domain that contains his name. What you see here is a sampling of how he chooses to use that online space. He lives in Milwaukee and still plays Sega Genesis.
I do not consume entertainment immediately. For whatever reason, I wait on certain books, albums, TV shows, movies, articles, experiences. This seems out of sorts nowadays, though I have a hard time understanding how the hell people find the time … Continue reading
Jonestown Day doesn’t read cute on a calendar. Sweetest Day or Grandfather’s Day or Jefferson Davis’ Birthday, all of these offensive benchmarks I’ve seen printed on mass produced calendars. For the last 14 years, Patriots’ Day has marked Sept. 11, … Continue reading
In a faded blue T-shirt and house-paint splattered jeans, Milwaukee’s recently anointed poet laureate, Matt Cook, shared a pitcher of beer with me during a ranging and refreshing discussion on poetry’s place in the world and, well, the world at … Continue reading
Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to spend nearly two weeks with Gas Chamber, a band made up of four exemplary humans (and my friends), then write about the whole thing for Utne Reader. The outcome of the article … Continue reading
Western New York is secretly part of Canada. Canadians would never agree to this deal, unless they needed you to sneak them a news report on a notorious trial. State and national allegiances aside, “Upstate” cities like Buffalo and my … Continue reading
[Temporarily removed as of Nov. 17, 2015; to be published in the forthcoming short story anthology, “The Art of Losing” from online writing workshop, Thinkerbeat. Visit them. If you enjoy their open and sharing nature, feel free to join and/or … Continue reading