Photo by John Consoli.
Photo by John Consoli.

Marlena Chertock is a digital storyteller, journalist, writer, and editor.

Marlena has two books of poetry, Crumb-sized (Unnamed Press, 2017) and On that one-way trip to Mars (Bottlecap Press, 2016).

She is the Communications Specialist, Governance at World Resources Institute. She writes freelance articles on various topics, including green energy, bringing solar power to developing countries, and the power crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Marlena serves on the planning committee for OutWrite, Washington, D.C.’s annual LGBTQ literary festival, and as an Editor for Split This Rock’s Poem of the Week series. She regularly moderates or speaks on panels at literary conferences and festivals, serves as a judge or reviewer of creative writing contests, and reads her own work at open mics and reading series.

She has hosted radio shows, created websites, copyedited reports, managed social media accounts, edited audio, and blogged. She is a versatile communicator with a bold attitude.

Her poetry and prose has appeared in Breath & Shadow, The Deaf Poets Society, Paper Darts, Rogue Agent, Wordgathering, and more. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Marketplace, Electrical Contractor Magazine, News21, WTOP, and more.