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Second annual D.C. Art Book Fair this weekend!

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This weekend, Sunday, November 5, I’ll be tabling with my sister again at the second annual D.C. Art Book Fair from 12-5 p.m at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. It’s free to enter! I’ll be selling and signing copies of Crumb-sized and Hannah will be selling her Bodies Adapt creations. Last year, there were dozens of local and national […]

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Worthy bodies: Highlighting disabled writers in District Lit

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District Lit, the journal I’m the Poetry Editor for, recently published our Disability Issue. These writers and artists share their raw truths about living with disabilities, chronic pain, invisible illness, and medical treatments. They share intimate medical histories, fears, hopes, pain, and scars. These are important voices, and I’m so excited and honored to share […]

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First ever DC Art Book Fair 📚 🎨

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Last weekend, my sister Hannah and I tabled at the first ever D.C. Art Book Fair at Lab 1270 in Washington, D.C. We were so grateful and excited to be a part of the first fair! The other tablers were diverse and talented. They sold handmade art, books, comics, feminist zines, poetry, posters of reimagined cartoon […]

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District Lit: Space Issue

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District Lit, the literary magazine where I’m the Poetry Editor, is having a Space Issue! We’ve been impressed with some of the scientific and space-themed works we’ve gotten, so we wanted to dedicate a mini-issue to space. Send us your work that searches the stars, sends us into warp, touches strange worlds, or knows how […]

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Giving voice to survivors

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As the rain poured in Washington, D.C. Wednesday night, a group of a couple dozen people gathered in Chinatown to share poems, songs and artwork dedicated to surviving. The second Art as a Voice event, hosted by the Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) at the Chinatown Community Cultural Center, raised awareness of domestic violence and […]

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Wearing words for a week

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A literary journal’s method of spreading stories, poems Marlena Chertock, Editor-in-Chief of The Writers’ Bloc Dylan Bargteil, a Writers’ House alumnus and now a physics student at NYU, once wore someone else’s story on his back for a week. He wore it grocery shopping, he wore it while he napped. For a week, Bargteil was an […]

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Visible Brush Strokes: Impasto Painting

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By Marlena Chertock “I feel like I hit a wall,” says junior Hannah Methvin in room 3312 of the Art/Sociology building at the University of Maryland. The 24×36’ canvas she painted in red hues stands before her on an easel. There are lips, the curve of a nose and a brown-red border. She’s trying to […]

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The Courage to Create

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One artist’s “Leap Into the Void” by Marlena Chertock “The dominant invades the entire picture, as it were,” the famous painter said. “In this way I seek to individualize the color, because I have come to believe that there is a living world of each color and I express these worlds.” Express different worlds French […]