Jen Michalski is author of the novels The Tide King, winner of the 2012 Big Moose Prize, and The Summer She Was Under Water. 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



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

The Tide King (Black Lawrence Press, June 2013)

From Here (Aqueous Books, September 2014)

Little Boys

I like the little boys, the ones
with curly hair and
rows of little pearls when they smile
the easy way their legs
crease the back of their pants
as they climb the ledge of brick
where's I'm sitting
I like the shyness of their charm
and how I may be a beautiful
princess or the unattainable
woman in a magazine.
If they could just kiss her
they lie in their clean beds
at night dreaming
with a delicious white smile.
The world would be all right
if they could just kiss her