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Author and publisher Brad King hosts The Downtown Writers Jam Podcast, this hour-long, one-on-one interview program where authors discuss the horrible choices they made in life that led them down the road to writing. Sometimes there is whiskey. Oftentimes there is cursing. But always entertaining. (My friends wouldn’t lie to me, right?)

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Episode 52: Tommy Jenkins: When you get two hillbillies behind the microphone, you never know where the conversation is going to go. Author Tommy Jenkins stopped by the Jam to talk about his new graphic novel, Drawing the Vote, living in Appalachia, and the learning curve both he and I went through in terms of understanding race and class in America. Oh, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

About Tommy Jenkins

Tommy Jenkins is an educator and writer. He is the Humanities Division Chair and Associate Professor of English at Louisburg College and lives in Raleigh, NC, with his beautiful and amazing wife.

He loves the UNC Tar Heels, the Grateful Dead, books, and comics. His fiction has appeared in Gut Cult magazine and The Raleigh Review. His graphic novel Drawing the Vote will be published by Abrams Comicarts on  April 21, 2020 (digital and hardcover).

You can also find him on Twitter.


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