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Interviewed on DC Public Library’s Podcast

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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 […]

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Interview in Wordgathering

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I was recently interviewed in Wordgathering’s June issue! Editor Mike Northen asked great, difficult questions, including: how I see my role as an editor, what I look for when reading poems for District Lit, how literary magazines can be more accessible to all writers/readers, disability science poetry as a genre, and more. Read the full interview […]

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Another scifi poem blasts into the publishing world

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Today, Calamus Journal published my poem “The martian comes to me” in their second issue. I’m always honored when my poems are accepted for publication in new journals. When a literary journal is just starting up, it’s a magical time. There’s so much possibility, so much slush pile to read through, so much that could go wrong. […]

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‘On that one-way trip to Mars’ in Crab Fat Magazine

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I would go to Mars if I wasn’t too short for NASA’s height restrictions. I had two more space-themed poems published in Crab Fat today — “On that one-way trip to Mars” and “Star searcher.” I explored the upcoming possible one-way missions to Mars, and if I would go, and falling for a stargazer. You can see the other […]

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Come on a space journey with me

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Today several of my sci-fi themed poems were published in the maiden issue of The Syzygy Poetry Journal, in Constellation: Prosodus. The first issue also includes Constellations Celestina and Metaphorum. Check out all of the great writing!