Marlena Chertock is a digital journalist with a passion for interactive graphics, features, poetry and social media.

She is a University of Maryland alum. She recently completed a Carnegie-Knight News21 Fellowship. Her articles have appeared in News21, The Washington Post, USA TODAY, WTOP, The Gazette, College Park Patch, The Writers’ Bloc and The Diamondback. Read her clips.

Her poems have or will appear in Lines+Stars, The Little Patuxent Review, Medical Literary Messenger, Fukushima Poetry Anthology and Stylus. She won first place in the 2013 Jiménez-Porter literary prize for her poem An invisible middle. Her chapbook Buffalo was awarded first honorable mention in the 2013 NFSPS college/university level poetry competition. Read her creative writing.

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