Marlena Chertock is a digital journalist with a passion for interactive graphics, features, poetry and social media. She is currently a Carnegie-Knight News21 Fellow in Phoenix, Arizona.

She is most fulfilled and challenged when writing features and designing interactives. The details in feature stories provide clearer pictures of people. And creating interactive maps, charts and graphics helps to explain data in a visual way.

Marlena is a University of Maryland alum. Her articles have appeared in USA TODAY, The Washington Post, The Gazette, wtop.com, College Park Patch, The Writers’ Bloc, The Diamondback and The Public Asian. Read her clips.

Her poems have or will appear in Lines+Stars: A Journal of Poetry and Short Prose, The Little Patuxent Review, Medical Literary Messenger: An Artistic Voice for the Healing Arts, Fukushima Poetry Anthology and Stylus: A Journal of Literature and Art. 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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