Marlena Chertock is a digital storyteller and the poetry editor at District Lit. She’s obsessed with code, interactive graphics, features, social media, science, arts and poetry. When not writing, she’s reading scifi comics, doodling trees and rewatching Kiki’s Delivery Service.
Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Marketplace, NBC News, News21, WTOP, USA TODAY, The Gazette, College Park Patch and The Writers’ Bloc. She recently completed a Carnegie-Knight News21 Fellowship. Read her clips.
Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Lines+Stars, The Little Patuxent Review, Medical Literary Messenger, Fukushima Poetry Anthology, Crab Fat, Cacti Fur, Straight Forward Poetry, The Syzygy Poetry Journal, and Stylus. She won first place in the 2013 Jiménez-Porter literary prize for her poem An invisible middle. Read her creative writing.