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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Upcoming Events and News: June

I just bought a new bottle of suntan lotion because I'll be the Writer in Residence at Barrelhouse's Writers Camp. From June 21-25, I'm looking forward to working with other fiction writers on their pieces, getting a little R&R somewhere in northern PA, and hanging out with the Barrelhouse crew! You can apply to be part of one of the 2018 camps here.

On June 27th, I will be reading with poet Laura Swearingen-Steadwell at the Rose O'Neill Literary House as part of Washington College's Summer Literary Salon.

For the month of June, I will be offering manuscript consultations through Black Lawrence Press. If you have a novel you want some feedback on, check it out here.




Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Review of The Summer She Was Under Water at The Nervous Breakdown

Kurt Baumeister reviewed The Summer She Was Under Water as part of his Microbrew Reviews at The Nervous Breakdown.

"The Summer She Was Under Water is a quick, dark book, one in which life offers many questions, few answers. Lurking always are Sam’s memories of her brother Steve, memories that have come to dominate every aspect of her life, from her work to her relationship with her boyfriend, Michael. Both in terms of prose and dialogue, Michalski’s writing is vivid and true to life, perfect for a world in which connections to other humans seem tenuous, always one wrong word or action from being cut, perhaps forever."

To read more, go here.

Friday, April 14, 2017

New Story, "Among the Wreckage," in The Cabal

Thanks to Aleks Conrad and the editors at The Cabal for publishing my story, "Among the Wreckage":


The impound lot is what you’re expecting but maybe not prepared for. Hundreds and hundreds of cars in rows, most towed from accidents, tires pressed onto their sides but still attached, hugging the ground like dune buggies. Entire front and back ends are unrecognizable, the metal shredded like iceberg lettuce. Doors sink inward like fallen cakes. Spider web cracks stretch across windshields where heads have hit the glass. 

 To read more, go here.

Friday, April 7, 2017

New story, "After Life," in LitMag

Excited to have a story, "After Life," in Marc Berley's new journal, LitMag

"You were not looking for evidence of an affair, or bulimia, or membership to a terrorist cell, just something. You were looking for dirt that you could rub between your fingers, a grit that would catch under your fingernails, take days to scrub out. Something that would leave a mark." 

To read more, go here.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

"How to Host a Reading Event" in LitHub


I'm honored to partake in Lithub's new series on literary events, "Reading Across America," curated by Franklin Park Reading Series organizer and overall badass literary organizer Penina Roth. My piece is "How to Host a Reading Event," and I talk about my experiences as a host for both the 510 Reading Series (now defunct) and my current series, Starts Here! in Baltimore:

"To me, the most important thing about a reading series is not the readers, but the listeners. You aim to create not only a unique, exciting event, but also a welcoming one."

To read more, go here.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

"Older Queer Voices: The Intimacy of Survival" Anthology

Writing fiction was my emotional test kitchen
 -"How I Wrote My Way Out of the Closet"


Really honored to be part of the anthology Older Queer Voices: The Intimacy of Survival, edited by Sandra Lambert and Sarah Einstein, who created it in response to last year's election, and that sinking, frustrated feeling we'd be fighting again for the things we thought we'd already secured: equal rights in employment, housing, and relationships, freedom from the specter of violence

Also, thanks to Jennifer Haupt for originally publishing this essay, "How I Wrote My Way Out of the Closet," in Psychology Today. At the time of publication, I thought I'd written it in retrospect, glad that my generation was probably the last to really to have come out of the closet, that the world was a more accepting place. Just like Obma, I hope these days are just a small dip in the great arc that bends toward justice.

You can read the essay here.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Review of The Summer She Was Under Water at Atticus Review

Thanks to A. K. Small for this thoughtful review of The Summer She Was Under Water today at Atticus Review:

"Michalski packs a fascinating amount of material into four fictional days, all of which changes Sam’s perspective on life. Until this reunion, Sam had chosen to recoil from the nest, but the visit to the lake house wakes her. Michalski’s attention to detail and to the frail human psyche shines throughout these pages. There are no simple heroes or ogres here. Each character slips in and out of these polar opposite roles, exhibiting a complexity and depth, a beautiful gift in a novel. I also enjoyed the rich setting of the cabin, the lake holding its secrets, the parallels between what’s been drowned below the surface and what remains above it."

To read more, go here.