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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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Book Blastoff Party! 🚀

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My book launch party is this Friday, July 15, at Walls of Books in Washington, D.C. If you’re in the D.C. area, be sure to come out for a night of reading and space exploration. I’m celebrating my first collection of poetry, On that one-way trip to Mars from Bottlecap Press! There will be drinks, snacks, […]

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When your book is out in the world

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When your book is out in the world you start seeing people actually reading it. One of your old professors rates your book on Goodreads. It’s actually real. A physical thing taking up space on people’s bookshelves or weighing down their backpacks. Maybe people will read it on the Metro or a road trip. Maybe […]

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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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What inspired ‘Duo-13-trip’

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Dear Robot’s editor Kelly Jacobson asked the anthology contributors to share our inspiration for writing. She is running a blog hop from November 30-December 4, where anyone who comments on her blog post or any contributor’s blog hop posts will be entered in a drawing to win one of five copies of the anthology (please leave your email address, […]

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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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My favorite space books

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I, for one, know I’m a space nerd. I admit it. I reblog photos of galaxies and Carl Sagan quotes on Tubmlr. I follow NASA, ESA and other space exploration news with earnest. I watch YouTube videos of astronaut Chris Hadfield explaining science on the ISS to kids. So I wanted to share my favorite […]