“Conversations” Episode 8: Interview with Jen Michalski

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This episode of Conversations features Jen Michalski interviewed by Nancy Murray.

Born in 1972 in East Baltimore, Jen Michalski is a Baltimore-based author who received a BA in Literature from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and her MS in Professional Writing from Towson University. She is one of the founding members of the acclaimed “510 Readings”, held at Minas Gallery and Boutique from 2008 to 2014, and the host of the reading series “Starts Here!” (sponsored by the Ivy Bookshop) at Artifact Coffee since 2014.

Jen is the author of two novels—The Tide King and The Summer She Was Under Water, two collections of fiction, and a couplet of novellas Could You Be With Her Now. She has also appeared in several anthologies and is the editor of the anthology City Sages: Baltimore. Her fiction has appeared in more than 80 publications, and she has received “Best of” awards from The Baltimore City Paper and Baltimore Magazine. She runs a literary journal, “jmww”. This interview was conducted in Baltimore in December 2015.

Jen-Michalski_510-aloneJen Michalski at the 510 Readings (courtesy of William Hughes)

jen_michalski_Jen-and-GreggJen Michalski and Greg Wilhelm.
Jen Michalski and Michael Kimball, 510 Readings (courtesy of William Hughes)

Jen-MichalskiCitySageswithauthorsJen Michalski and other authors at the City Sages Reading (courtesy of William Hughes)
Jen-Michalski_TheLitShowwithBetsyBoydThe Lit Show, featuring Betsy Boyd with Jen Michalski.Jen-MichalskiWithKathyFlannJen Michalski with Kathy Flann at Starts Here! at Artifact Coffee  (courtesy of William Hughes).JenMichalski_CityLitFestivalJen Michalski with Poe at the City Lit Festival.Curious-Jenn_Georgea-the-Baltimore-BookFestival-Jen Michalski with Curious Georgea at The Baltimore Book Festival.Jen-Michalski_Starts-Here1Jen Michalski at Starts Here! reading series at Artifact Coffee (photo courtesy of Howard Yang)

Top photo: Jen Michalski at Fiction at Freddie’s —Rafael Alvarez’s reading series.
(photo courtesy of Bonnie J. Schupp)

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