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“Jen Michalski’s second novel is an intense emotional commitment, but a worthwhile one.” – Ploughshares


“Jen is an astonishingly sensitive writer.” – HTML Giant


“Jen Michalski excels in subtlety that is made possible by her nuanced understanding of voice.” – The Rumpus


“Jen is a writerly heavyweight.” – Nate Brown, American Short Fiction


“We’re lucky to have Michalski before the rest of the world discovers her. But they will.” – Baltimore City Paper

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Baltimore Book Festival



The Baltimore Book Festival is right around the corner, and I know you're as excited as I am. Wes Moore, Jesse Ventura (yes, that guy, former wrestler and governor of Minnesota), Holly Robinson Peete, and others will be headlining. The Baltimore Book Festival, held at the Washington Monument, is entirely free to attend and features programming over three days (September 24-26) for adults and children. Some of my favorite programming involves the CityLit Stage, Red Emmas Radical Bookfair Tent, and the Food Tent, but there's something for everyone.

I'll be involved with two events this year—The City Sages reading at noon on Saturday, September 25th, and the 510 Readings at 5 pm on the same day. Both readings are at the CityLit Tent.

For City Sages, there'll be readings from Susan McCallum-Smith, Jennifer Grow, Todd Whaley, Lia Purpura, and Michael Downs. For the 510 Readings, we'll feature Paula Bomer, Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch, Michael Kimball, Justin Kramon, Aryn Kyle, and Jen Michalski.

As part of the 510 Readings lineup, I'll be reading an excerpt from my novella MAY-SEPTEMBER, which won first place in the Press 53 2010 Open Awards and will be available at the festival for purchase as part of the Press 53 Awards Anthology. Judge Amy Rogers says that

May-September is confident, resonant, achingly heartfelt, gorgeous—and surprising in a much different way. The writing is spare and elegant. This story of unspoken desires is beautifully layered, thick with tension and full of passion.


Visit the Baltimore Book Festival website for more information. For specific information about these readings, click on the "CityLit Stage" schedule. Hope to see you there!