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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Pushcart Nomination for my story, "Three Girls"

Super excited that Barrelhouse Magazine nominated my story "Three Girls" for a Pushcart. If we're doing everything in threes, hopefully the third time's the charm for me! You can read the story online here:





"When they were twelve in the stairwell they didn’t kiss. It was not something she had considered then, and even as she daydreams about him now, gripping her shoulders from behind, penetrating her, in backyard tents, behind basement dryers, underneath his old sailboat comforter, she realizes that they should have run into the snow that night. If they did not think about it, the cold, they could get very far away."

Monday, November 21, 2016

Review of The Summer She Was Under Water at Small Press Picks


Thanks so much to Small Press Picks for this smart review of The Summer She Was Under Water:

"In certain respects the very structure of the novel—the way it weaves together the present and the past, and draws on excerpts from Sam’s surreal novel—echoes Sam’s process of mulling over her past, with all its conflicts and confusions, and her efforts to come to terms with it. Although The Summer She Was Under Water provides no neat resolutions, it offers hope that people can find ways to move forward with the realities of their lives, with or without each other."

To read more, go here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Review of The Summer She Was Under Water at The Rumpus

So excited to read Stephanie Bento's review of The Summer She Was Under Water today at The Rumpus:


"the story pulls the reader into a dark and uncomfortable place. This is where Michalski’s ability to engage the reader’s compassion and sensitivity is most profound. The Pinskis, to be sure, have their problems, but Michalski invites the reader to consider the family in a softer light as they navigate the currents of time and loss."

To read more, go here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Interview and Review of Summer at Baltimore Magazine


I sat down with Arts & Culture editor Gabrielle Souza to talk about my new novel, The Summer She Was Under Water, for the November issue of Baltimore Magazine (in addition to the interview in both formats, there's also a review in the print edition):

"I think a lot of people and families everywhere deal with these kinds of issues that there aren’t easy answers for, and you just have to make the best of the situation."

To read more, go here:



Friday, October 21, 2016

Review of Summer She Was Under Water at Washington Independent Review of Books

I was surprised and flattered to read Emily Mitchell's review of The Summer She Was Under Water at the Washington Independent Review of Books today:

"In the novel as a whole, there is a scrupulous lack of sentimentality and no recourse to easy resolution or redemption. Instead, we see the way that, in the long arc of parental and sibling relationships, each change begets new complexities and entanglements. Even when you try to force a crisis or stage a reckoning, it does not always provide the catharsis you anticipate. 

Your relatives, the novel seems to say, whether or not you like them or accept them, go right on being your relatives, regardless. The result is a stark but absorbing portrait of the complex intersection of love, frustration, forgiveness, and anger that make up this — or any — family."

To read more, go here.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Goodreads Giveaway: The Summer She Was Under Water

There's still time to enter for a chance to win 1 of 5 copies of The Summer She Was Under Water at Goodreads! You can enter here.

Praise for Summer:

“There are no easy answers here but instead a family's dysfunction laid bare in all its messiness and heartbreak—and also its moments of occasional, near-accidental grace.”
Katharine Noel, Halfway House

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Guest Editor at Smokelong Weekly


I'll be guest editing this week, 10/3-10/9 at Smokelong Weekly the best flash fiction site on the planet (and also Smokelong Quarterly) Send me your work! Guidelines are here, and here's a bit of the interview I did with Smokelong's Executive Editor, Megan Giddings, about what I look for in a submission. I'm giving away a free copy of my new novel, The Summer She Was Under Water, to the author whose work I choose.

"You have to make sure your work stands out immediately, whether it’s the words, the imagery, the acoustics. I love reading work that immediately pops out over the static of “generic-literary-short-fiction-submission”

To read more, go here.