When Jenny Cavallero, a D.C.-based comedian, writer, filmmaker, actor, and disabled person, approached me about being interviewed for DCPL’s Access This podcast, I was excited and in awe. Sometimes, the imposter syndrome voice grows louder in my head. Sometimes, I’m able to shush her and remind myself, hey, Marlena, you’ve published books, you’ve been writing […]
I’m so honored that my book Crumb-sized: Poems was included as a finalist in Etchings Press’ Whirling Prize in 2019. The theme this year was space, and you all know how much of a space nerd I am. Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Whirling Prize: Unmanned by Jessica Rae Bergamino Eating the Sun: Small Musings […]
As a new year and new decade looms, I’m reflecting back on the writing and publication success I’ve experienced. I still can’t quite believe that my childhood dreams came true this past decade! As you can see from the photo below, I’ve been dreaming of being a writer for a long time … check out […]
Still need to do your holiday shopping? Why not give the gift of reading this season. If you’re looking for poetry I’ve got you covered. Crumb-sized: Poems (Unnamed Press, 2017) On that one-way trip to Mars (Bottlecap Press, 2016) Make me the happiest poet this holiday season by buying my books — or truly, any […]
My book turns 1 whole year old today! (My book’s a Leo too). The best gift would be if you bought it and put it on your very own bookshelves. You can find Crumb-sized in most local bookstores and online. Happy reading!
Unnamed Press is celebrating a milestone — they have published 50 books! That’s no small feat. To celebrate, they are having a 50 percent off sale of all of their books! This includes my book, Crumb-sized, which you can now buy for $6 (for a limited time only). If you haven’t yet bought it, now’s the perfect […]
Hyppe Online interviewed me about Crumb-sized. Kelsey May asked really great questions! I’m so glad to be featured on her site, which celebrates community, creativity, culture, and critical thinking. Strong is the perfect adjective to describe her voice and message. This collection exhales each line confidently. Read the interview here.
So, this little thing called AWP happened. It’s already flown by, and what a whirlwind it was. AWP is jam-packed with so many panels and readings during the day and evening that it’s impossible to attend even a fraction of them! I tried my best, and man, was my body tired from the effort. From […]
The Big Ten Network interviewed me last week about my books, interests, and disability advocacy. BTN.com is a website that features alumni of Big 10 universities — which the University of Maryland is now a part of. They highlight athletics, humanities, science, professors, alumni, and more. The reporter, Scott Smith, had some great questions for […]
It’s an honor to be profiled in my alma mater’s alumni magazine Terp. Reporter Sala Levin interviewed me about why I write, the story behind Crumb-sized’s title, my hope for the book, and more. Like she wrote in the article, I really do hope that my creative writing will reach others who deal with chronic pain. Chronic […]
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 […]
I’m hosting a book giveaway for a signed copy of Crumb-sized! Who will the lucky winner be? To enter, you’ll need to use Instagram. To participate: ⭐️ Follow me ⭐️ Like this photo ⭐️ Tag a friend in the comments The giveaway ends October 25th and is open to U.S. readers. For another chance to win my […]
Crumb-sized has been out for a month! How did that happen? It’s old enough to move its arms jerkily, squeeze its non-existent hands into fists. I’m a proud book mama. In its one-month debut, Crumb-sized has already garnered some press. I’m so grateful for the reviews it has received and interviews I have done with editors. Here is […]
It’s pub day for Crumb-sized and I’m over the moon! Already, Yasmin Gunaratnam has written a beautiful review in the Chicago Review of Books. She calls me a space nerd exploring my inner cosmos — and hits it right on the head. Marlena Chertock, a self-confessed “space nerd” based in Washington, D.C. “I don’t need you/landing […]
I was recently interviewed in Rogue Agent’s August issue! Editor Jill Khoury posed important questions about my journey toward writing poetry that describes the experience of living in a body, the structure of On that one-way trip to Mars, and advice for others who want to explore embodied writing and art. Read the full interview here. And when […]
I’m so excited to share my second collection of poetry with you. Crumb-sized is being published by Unnamed Press in August — my birthday month! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to share another collection of poems with you, and so soon after my first was published. Crumb-sized is tired of being called short. These […]