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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.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Contributor, Grace in Darkness (Vol VIII of Grace & Gravity)

Excited to announce that my story "Great White" will appear in the volume VIII of the Gravity and Grace series, ie, Grace in Darkness. Gravity and Grace, Richard Peabody's quintessential anthology series of women writers in the Metro DC area, has found a new home (American University Press) and a new series editor (Melissa Scholes Young). I've been a big fan over the years (and even reviewed volume III in jmww). Here's hoping it'll be a staple in the region for decades to come. With the incredible wealth of women writers in the area, I don't this this is an unreasonable wish.

Friday, January 26, 2018

New Fiction, "Dominion," at Hawaii Pacific Review


I have a new story, "Dominion," up at Hawaii Pacific Review today:

"The whole three-hour trip—your mother’s chain smoking, the crushed gold and red empty cellophane cigarette wrappers sliding back and forth across the dashboard, the entire Frank Zappa discography on crackly cassette tapes, your legs sticking to the hot vinyl of the seats as you sat up in front and kept the map spread across your thighs while your little brother Owen played a hand-held asteroids game, oblivious to everything but the blip-blip-blip on the machine—has stretched you to the breaking point."

To read more, go here.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

New nonfiction at Vol. 1 Brooklyn: "The Edge of Thirteen"


Really thrilled to have my essay "The Edge of Thirteen," in Vol. 1 Brookyn.

"The warning signs that Stevie Nicks may not have been an ethereal, free-spirited gypsy from the velvet underground were there. I just chose not to see them. When you’re young, everyone in a position of authority seems kind, affirming of you, and, most importantly, wise. Until suddenly, they aren’t. Maybe they molest you or beat you or ignore you while they’re trying to find your next stepmother or stepfather. Maybe they tell you the benevolent God that they pray to every night for salvation is sending you, specifically, to hell because Pat Robertson told them so. Or maybe they’re a drug addict. 

Stevie Nicks, to my horror, was the latter." 

To read more, go here.

Friday, December 1, 2017

New Fiction in Heavy Feather Review: "Everything Is Good Here, Too"


Excited to see my story, "Everything Is Good Here, Too" post today at Heavy Feather Review. Thanks so much to Jason Teal and everyone at HFR for the incredible product they put out:

"Everything here is alive, tense with waiting. Every take-out container, every trash bag is quiet in worry. You burrow a place to sleep in your old bed, between Thanksgiving decorations, economy-size paper towel packages, ground-bristled toothbrushes. Every consumer moment of your lives, after your father left, has been preserved, as if the presence of these things provides clues, as if their presence convinces your mom there will never again be loss."

To read more, go here.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Writers Roundtable, November 28th, Cockeysville Library


Thanks so much to Meliss Bunce and the Cockeysville Library in Baltimore County for inviting me to participate in their Writers Roundtable with fellow authors Susan Muaddi-Darraj, Lalita Noronha, Rebecca Galli, and Krist Faatz. It was great to listen to other authors' experiences in becoming writers, their routines, and also their unique paths to success. One thing that struck me was how although all of us had always written, none of us had planned to become writers/novelists. And yet the will within us to share our words with others, our experiences, drove us to pursue this path, not for fame or fortune, but for connection. And if we had never been published, or been told we'd never be published again, we'd all still be writing, as the need to examine life in this fashion is stronger than any rewards or discouragement. 

So, if you want to write, just do it. Do it for yourself. You're probably already doing it, anyway. If you get published, that's great, and if not, that's completely okay, too. The journey from your heart to the page is the most important thing. The cultivation of empathy, for your characters and yourself, is one of the greatest results. In many ways, writing makes us human and affirms our humanity.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Pushcart Nomination for "I'm Such a Slut and I Don't Give a Fuck"

So honored that my story, "I'm Such a Slut and I Don't Give a Fuck," has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Smokelong. Congrats also to Tamara Schuyler, Raul Palma, Andrew Mitchell, Gwen E.  Kirby, and Geoff Kronik! Crossing my fingers for everybody!

PS, you can read my story here.