In the Moment: An Interview with Jen Michalski

The Coil
The Coil
Oct 29 · 8 min read

Gwen Goodkin speaks with author Jen Michalski about love, family, acceptance, and Michalski’s new LGBTQ+ novel, You’ll Be Fine.

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JEN MICHALSKI is the author of three novels, ‘The Summer She Was Under Water,’ ‘The Tide King’ (both Black Lawrence Press), and ‘You’ll Be Fine’ (NineStar Press), a couplet of novellas entitled ‘Could You Be With Her Now’ (Dzanc Books), and three collections of fiction. Her work has appeared in more than 100 publications, including Poets & Writers, The Washington Post, and the Literary Hub, and she’s been nominated for the Pushcart Prize six times. She lives in Carlsbad, California, with her partner and dog.
GWEN GOODKIN is the author of the short story collection, ‘A Place Remote,’ published by West Virginia University Press. She has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has won the Folio Editor’s Prize for Fiction as well as the John Steinbeck Award for Fiction. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. To learn more, visit

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