“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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Some guest-editing and stuff

I have a couple of things on the radar in January that I wanted to pass along. The first is that I'll be guest-editing Smokelong Weekly from January 3rd to January 7th. I get to choose one piece for the weekly site and pass along a few other recommendations for the quarterly issue. Smokelong is one of my favorite journals, and I'm especially proud to have work there. I hope that I will have the opportunity to read some of your work for Smokelong as well.

I will also be a judge for the Maryland Writers Association 2011 Short Works Contest. The contest opens December 27th and closes February 6th, and there are cash prizes. I hope you'll submit your work!