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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

"Eat a Peach" at Chicago Quarterly Review!

Thrilled to see my story "Eat a Peach" in the latest issue of Chicago Quarterly Review! I wrote first draft in bed in a hotel room overlooking the Hollywood Hills, before getting up, knowing I was onto something special. I'm glad it found such a special home to match. Thanks to editor Elizabeth McKenzie and everyone who workshopped the piece:


"Lynn wonders what it would be like if she were the one speaking for once. What she would say. What it would be life if someone rubbed her shoulders, knuckled the back of her neck to relieve her headache. To release the heaviness from her heart. She wants to burrow in some corner of Los Angeles and start a garden, have a small yard and a cat. She doesn’t want much. In a city where there are so many fantasies, she wants a reality."

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

New Fiction at Little Fiction: "The Loneliest Creature on Earth"

I was watching a Shriner's Hospital commercial one night, and I thought about writing a children's hospital story with a nod to Lorrie Moore's "People Like That Are the Only People Here," but after it went through the filter of my weird little mind, this is what came out instead. Thanks, Little Fiction. for publishing my quirky little story, "The Loneliest Creature on Earth": 

"Later, we will explain to you at your mother’s wake, that the final month was the worst for our son. Not because of his incapacitation or the anti-contamination chamber, but because there simply weren’t enough kind people like you to come and visit him. No one for him to tell, for instance, that the man who found the 5000-year-old corpse named the Iceman in 1991 was also found frozen dead in ice in 1994. And goodness knows, we stopped listening to him months ago."

To read more, go here

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

New Fiction, "The Club of the Missing," at the Cincinnati Review



"What you learn: It is so easy to disappear."





Really thrilled that The Cincinnati Review has published my story "The Club of the Missing." I love the work they've been publishing for so long, and I'm honored to be included among their contributors:

To read the story, go here



Sunday, December 2, 2018

Pushcart Nomination, "Greater Good"


So excited to receive a Pushcart nomination for my story, Gargoyle, "Greater Good." It's my fifth nomination for the Pushcart prize; maybe this will be the lucky one! Above all, I'm so grateful to Richard Peabody and the staff of Gargoyle for believing in my work.

"She will love him, honor him, comfort him, keep him in sickness and in health, forsake all others, be true to him as long as they both shall live. She will tell white lies, that she doesn’t mind if he wears the ugly green and blue-stripe golf polo to the museum or to the garden party or that his feet stink, yes, monstrously so, does he ever wash between his toes, or that the smell of beef and vodka on his breath, ruffling the air around him like waves of heat, makes her ill. She will tell not him she is not sure what love is, if she ever felt it, if she feels it for him."

To read more of "Greater Good," go here




Tuesday, October 9, 2018

New Fiction: "Welcome Petsitter!" at Atticus Review


Delighted to have new flash fiction, "Welcome Petsitter!" at Atticus Review! Thanks to Michelle Ross and her team for giving this piece a home:

2. BATHROOMS - Please use the fan when you shower otherwise Quentin’s clothes (closet next to bathroom) get damp/mildew or whatever.

To read more, go here.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

New fiction, "Escape Velocity," at Literary Orphans


Thrilled to see my story, "Escape Velocity," in Literary Orphans! 

"She thought astronauts were smart, brave people. She wanted to know their secrets: how they survived the G-forces without puking, how they became used to weightlessness and vacuum-packed food. How they could live in a black, soundless void millions of miles from everything familiar and feel like they belonged."

To read more, go here.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Review of The Summer She Was Under Water at Baltimore STYLE

Many thanks to Eric D. Goodman for his review of The Summer She Was Under Water at Baltimore STYLE!


In the compassionate and tender prose Michalski has become known for, she shares Sam’s desire to “save people from themselves.” Sam sacrifices her own emotional well-being to help heal her family.


To read more, go here.