“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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Jen Michalski lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a BA in English in 1994 and received her MS in Professional Writing from Towson University in 1999. She was voted one of the best authors in Maryland by CBS News, one of "50 Women to Watch" by The Baltimore Sun, and "Best Writer" by Baltimore Magazine (Best of Baltimore issue, 2013).

Her debut novel THE TIDE KING was published by Black Lawrence Press (2013; winner of the Big Moose Prize and "Best Fiction," Baltimore City Paper, 2013), and her second novel, THE SUMMER SHE WAS UNDER WATER, is forthcoming from Queens Ferry Press (August 2016). She is the author of two collections of fiction, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS (So New, 2007) and FROM HERE (Aqueous Books, 2013) and a collection of novellas, COULD YOU BE WITH HER NOW (Dzanc Books, 2013). She also edited the anthology CITY SAGES: BALTIMORE (CityLit Press 2010), which Baltimore Magazine called "Best of Baltimore" in 2010. She is the founding editor of the literary quarterly jmww, host of the monthly reading series Starts Here! in Baltimore, and interviews writers at The Baltimore Fishbowl.

Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in more than 80 publications, including McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Poets & Writers, failbetter, storySouth, Barrelhouse, The Baltimore Review, The Urbanite, Baltimore Magazine, 42 opus, Hobart, The Literarian, The Summerset Review, Gargoyle, wigleaf, The Potomac Review, PANK, Smokelong Quarterly, and others. Her stories "From Here," which appeared in storySouth, and "The Goodbye Party," in The Literarian, were nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

You can contact Jen through her Facebook or at jen.michalski "at" gmail "dot" com. She also likes smoke signals and balloons.

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She sometimes does stuff on tumblr at her blog, Big Pierogies:, when she remembers she has a tumblr. Representation: Emily Williamson, Chrysalis Literary.