DINA L. RELLES is a writer, editor, former lawyer, and mother of four. She is the nonfiction editor at Pidgeonholes and former assistant prose poetry editor at Pithead Chapel. She has also held editorial positions at Proximity and Literary Mama and now manages her own freelance editing business. Dina’s 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 your front porch, a long walk in late light, the kindness of a stranger who lets you change lanes.
Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Atticus Review, Barrelhouse, CHEAP POP, DIAGRAM, Hobart, matchbook, Monkeybicycle, New South Journal, Passages North, Pidgeonholes, River Teeth, Unbroken Journal, 100 Word Story, Wigleaf, and elsewhere. Her short prose piece, “Half-Life,” was selected for Best Small Fictions 2019 and “And Sometimes We Meet” was selected for Best Microfiction 2019. Her writing has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.
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 two short books of fragmented 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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