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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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Fall Preview

It seemed like just a week ago I was sipping wine and swimming in the lake; now, the days are already shorter, wetter, cooler. And there's a lot in my orbit for September. For one, I'm really excited to be a guest fiction editor for Sententia 4, which began under co-founders Paula Bomer and Ryan Bradley at Artistically Declined Press and now continues under Paula Bomer's new imprint, Sententia Books. More details later; suffice to say, I'm looking forward to reading a lot of great work!

The fall 2011 issue of jmww, a special issue edited by our nonfiction editors Dario DeBattista and Girija Sankar, should be dropping on September 12th. Dario and Girija have lined some amazing work by new and established writers, and we can't wait to share it with you!

jmww is also a cosponsor of The Literature Party, an evening of music and words to Benefit CityLit Project, 8 pm, the Metro Gallery, September 23rd (after the Baltimore Book Festival, opening night). Come hang out and readings by Blake Butler, CA Conrad, Dorothea Lansky, and Mike Young read and music by DJ Woman and John Eaton. Also: Raffles, drinks, dancing. Laser light show. Uh-huh.

The next day, September 24th (Saturday), I'll have a reading and signing at the Baltimore Book Festival in the Gay Life Magazine tent along with James Magruder, Rahne Alexander, and other GLBT authors. (Time TBA, or probably whenever I recover from my Lit Party hangover.)

Finally, my class at the Creative Alliance, "Let's Get It Started in Here," begins on September 22th. Newbies and nearly new writers who are in the early stages of their creative process are welcomed for six weeks of writing prompts, class discussion, reading, and mini writing-workshops.

And then there's October. If I survive.