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 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 […]
On that one-way trip to Mars was reviewed in the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Star*Line by Diane Severson. I’m so honored by this review. Diane writes, “Not all of the poems are speculative, but even those that are not come from a place which is maybe foreign to many people … There is a physicality to some […]
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. […]
Another one of my space poems was published this spring! This year has been amazing for my poems — they’re sprouting up everywhere! “Aging with the solar system” was published in Black Heart Magazine on April 17. It explores the laws of physics, time, and relativity. The age you are now on Earth is not […]
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 […]
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!