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Friday, August 11, 2017

New Fiction at Smokelong

Thrilled that guest editor Sequoia Nagamatsu chose my story "I'm Such a Slut and I Dont' Give a Fuck" for publication this week at Smokelong:


...when it was all stoopid and fun, you were so high, just writing songs for each other. You and your girlfriends taped it on your boyfriend’s four-track so you could play it again later, for a laugh. You had ne’er a thought about the things that would come to define you.


I had been thinking a lot about how for musicians (and often writers, too) may write a song or an album or a novel of ill repute that really connects to a particular group of people during a particular time, and while the musician or novelist continues to grow and over time try to distance herself from it, successive generations of listeners and readers connect with the piece, and in a way, the artist is sort of frozen in carbonite like Han Solo, never allowed to break away from that creation, never able to grow, always tethered to their "opus and curse." Or, if you're the Rolling Stones, you don't give a fuck. 

You can find the story at Smokelong here.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Summer She Was Under Water the July pick at Vibrant Margins!

Excited that my novel The Summer She Was Under Water was chosen as the July selection of the online book-of-the-month club, Vibrant Margins. You can order my book singly through the site or choose a six-month subscription of selected small press titles curated by the Vibrant Margins staff.

Editor Ben Winston talked to me about the writing of Summer at the Vibrant Margins website and about the strain of family relationships:

"I think, at some point in our lives, we’ve experienced strained relationships with our loved ones. And I am familiar with the dynamic of the blue collar family. My twin brother and I, third-generation Polish Americans, were the first in our family to go to college. So it’s often felt like I live in two worlds at times. But I think, while you might grow apart from friends with whom you don’t have much in common any more, you’re always connected to your family, for better or worse. They’re a lot like slinkys; you are all growing at different rates, apart and together, and the spring stretches and contracts continuously, but they’re always connected."

To read more, go here. To order Summer from Vibrant Margins, go here.

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.