American Junkie

American Junkie

By Tom Hansen

Emergency Press, Paperback, 9780975362365, 260pp.

Publication Date: March 2010

In "American Junkie," Tom Hansen takes us on a non-stop into a land of desperate addicts, failed punk bands, and brushes with sad fame selling drugs during the Seattle grunge years. It's a story that takes us from the promise of a young life to the prison of a mattress, from budding musician to broken down junkie, drowning in syringes and cigarette butts, shooting heroin into wounds the size of softballs, and ultimately, a ride to a hospital for a six-month stay and a painful self-discovery that cuts down to the bone. Through it all he never really loses his step, never lets go of his smarts, and always projects quintessential American reason, humor, and hope to make a story not only about drugs, but a compelling study of vulnerability and toughness.

About the Author
Tom Hansen's manuscript was selected from over 900 submissions by Molly Peacock as Winner of the 2005 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. He taught writing and literature courses for 35 years at Northern State University in South Dakota. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Literary Review, The Midwest Quarterly, New York Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, Rattle, and elsewhere.