Dina L. Relles

writer. editor. curious + common.


DRellesprofileDINA L. RELLES is a writer, editor, former lawyer, and mother of four. She is the Nonfiction Editor at Pidgeonholes, and an Assistant Prose Poetry Editor at Pithead Chapel. Her writing explores themes of distance and desire, the peculiar intimacy of strangers, and the uncertainty at the heart of all things. She seeks the story in the ordinary—the world just beyond our front door, a long walk in late afternoon light, the first sips of a hot cup of coffee, the kindness of a stranger who lets you change lanes.

Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Atticus ReviewBarrelhouseCHEAP POP, Hobart, matchbookMonkeybicycle, Paper DartsPidgeonholes, River TeethUnbroken JournalWigleaf, and elsewhere, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and selected for Best Microfiction 2019 and Best Small Fictions 2019.

Born in Michigan, Dina has lived in the Northeast for most of her life and recently settled in rural Pennsylvania with her husband and children. She studied ethics and political philosophy at Brown University and received her J.D. from Fordham Law School. She practiced law in Philadelphia for seven years, specializing in criminal defense and aviation litigation.

Dina is working on her first book—a memoir in micro-prose—and otherwise spends her time winding along country roads with the music too loud, turning strangers into something more familiar, reading old letters, and conjuring synonyms for yellow light.

For a complete list of publications.

For information on hiring Dina for editorial work.

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13 thoughts on “About

  1. Sarah says:

    I love you and this blog!!! I am in bed – too tired to come up with anything more creative. But I’m excited already to read more of what you write and share.

  2. bam says:

    this is breathtakingly beautiful. thank you for leading me to find you. a glimmer of the beautiful in my ordinary day….

    1. Oh these words went straight to my heart. I just left a note on your blog…so happy to have found you. Until next time…xo

  3. Dana says:

    I love your About page! I’m a recent country mouse who misses the city and a chronic nail biter who loves autumn, The Little Prince, coffee and your blog. Though I can’t ski unless you count rolling down bunny slopes and strategic falling skiing.

    So glad to have found your words.

    1. Thank you so much, Dana! Sounds like we could spend more than a few coffee-filled afternoons connecting over all we have in common. I’m so glad I found you too–always so wonderful to happen upon a kindred writer.

  4. bam says:

    so i just tried to see if i could like this twice. it didn’t work. but i just read through one more time, and could not believe how many threads we share……from love of gray, to early morning and autumn…..oh my. this will serve as my second “like” until the world catches up with the notion that some of us just need more than one…..xoxo

    1. Thank you to the ends of the earth, dear one. For being out there.

  5. jsolot says:

    I’m happy to find your blog. You write beautifully. I, too, am a former attorney, writer, storyteller, mother of three under five, people watcher, and lover of Tom Robbins. I look forward to exploring your blog when I get a moment.

    1. Justine! Wonderful to connect–I just left a comment on your lovely blog. So glad you found me & led me to you. I’m looking forward to following each other around in this shared cyberworld of ours.

      1. jsolot says:

        Me too, I can’t wait to explore your blog. Happy New Year!

  6. herheadache says:

    I just read your essay on Full Grown People. Beautiful. I love discovering new and amazing writers there.
    I have been writing on a consistent basis, on my blog, for a year now. I am always excited to find other writers and blogs that speak to me. This place feels like a real treasure and I look forward to getting deeper into what you have to say here.
    P.S. I met R.E.M. in 1999 and they were some of the friendliest guys. They put on a great live show.

  7. dpcoffey says:

    Hi Dina, it was an unexpected pleasure to connect with you on Twitter this morning. I hope you’ll follow me there, so we can chat. Be well!

    Dan (@itscoffeyagain)

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