Dina L. Relles

writer. editor. curious + common.


Dina L. Relles picDINA L. RELLES is a writer, editor, former lawyer, and mother of four. She is the Nonfiction Editor at Pidgeonholes, and 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, New South JournalPidgeonholes, 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.

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