Jen Michalski is author of the novels The Tide King (Black Lawrence Press) and The Summer She Was Under Water

(Queens Ferry Press). She is the author of two collections of fiction, From Here and Close Encounters, and a collection of novellas, Could You Be With Her Now (Dzanc Books). In 2013 she was named one of "50 Women to Watch" by The Baltimore Sun and won a "Best of Baltimore" for Best Writer from Baltimore Magazine. She is the founding editor of the literary quarterly jmww and host of The Starts Here! Reading Series and the biannual Lit Show. She lives in Baltimore, MD



Could You Be With Her Now (Dzanc Books, January 2013)

The Tide King (Black Lawrence Press, June 2013)

From Here (Aqueous Books, September 2014)

New Collaborative Work in Pair-Shaped Journal

Really thrilled to collaborate with photographer Elizabeth Crisman in series 9 of Weston Lyon's beautiful new collaborative journal, Pair Shaped. Earlier this week Beth posted this image, and I responded with this story:

We eat oranges on the train. I had been dreaming of meat, a roast with a thick brown sauce, instead of the thin juice that filled my cheeks as my teeth ground into the cellophane pulp.

We had not planned to leave so soon. There was a fight. Predictable for us, perhaps, but we had expected the country to fold over us, like a tissue over phlegm, and conceal our rotten parts; to present us, to Europe, to ourselves, as downy snow virgins.

To read the entire story, go here.