Justin Meckes is a writer living in Chapel Hill, NC. His writing career began with a journal inspired by a reading of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. This was followed by an article concerning a week-long excursion to the Amazon rainforest where he visited a Yąnomamö tribe, and a long-form piece about a drive cross country that nearly ended in tragedy.

photos by Melissa Meckes

After these trips and subsequent stories, Justin turned his attention to writing novels. This effort was short-lived due to a burgeoning interest in filmmaking. But after ten years of heightened interest in movies—in which a short film Justin wrote and directed was featured on IFC’s Media Lab Shorts Uploaded and others appeared in film festivals in Knoxville, TN and Durham, NC—he returned to his original vocation.

Justin’s short stories have been published in various online journals and magazines such as The Broadkill Review and Map Literary. And while his novels have yet to find a permanent home, there may soon be a place for them at his own imprint.

You can learn more about his publications and what he’s currently working on in his CV. Once there, you will also learn that he is the founding editor of Scrutiny Journal, a publisher of predominantly magical realism stories. You can also go to that site to listen to The Screw, a podcast about writing, books, and bourbon.

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