Jen Michalski is author of the novel The Tide King, winner of the 2012 Big Moose Prize. 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. 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

Forthcoming


Preview

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



The Tide King (Black Lawrence Press, June 2013)

From Here (Aqueous Books, September 2014)


The Illustrated From Here

I had so much fun illustrating the beginning of my story "Neighbors" (from my forthcoming collection, From Here) over at Book Puke:

"Never Forever: Where Does the Story End?" at HTMLGiant

I wrote about when to know how to end it over at HTMLGiant:
In college I was introduced to Raymond Carver, not in a class, but by a roommate who loved the short story "Fat." When I first read it, I was confused; a waitress recounts to her fellow co-workers her revulsion and confusion over a recent, extremely obese diner, a man who eats more than she has ever witnessed anyone eat and refers to himself as “we.” The story mysteriously ends with the waitress, speaking to the reader: "It is August. My life is going to change. I can feel it."
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