“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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Wherever I lay my head

I'm looking forward to a couple of readings on the horizon—going back to read at The TNY Presents series in Pittsburgh on April 21st and "A Night with jmww" at Misericordia University in Scranton, PA, on November 17th, which is still in the planning stages. I know that readings are a necessary evil to sell books and create exposure, but what I really enjoy about readings is that they're mini-vacations to visit with fellow writers that I see only a few times a year, if that. I'm excited to visit Karen Lillis and Savannah Schroll Guz and Sherrie Flick in Pittsburgh, and in November I'm looking forward to catching up with Bill Black and our invited jmww contributors. I've been so proud of Baltimore's juggernaut of a literary scene that I often forget there are equally powerful, cohesive units of incredible writers doing the exact same thing in every city in America. I guess that's also what makes the idea of a move a little easier, knowing I will always have a home, so to speak.

I'm inching closer with the novel—350 pages with maybe 50 more to write of the first draft. Then the real work begins, I know.