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Interviewed in Big Ten Network: LiveBIG

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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 […]

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Profiled in Terp alumni magazine

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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 […]

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Giving back to the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House

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This year I served as the initial judge/reader in poetry for the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House Literary Prize contest. Thank you, Johnna Schmidt, for the opportunity. Litfest is an annual literary contest and celebration. At the spring ceremony, awards are given out for the top three poems and short stories, honorable mentions, and the Writers’ House seniors […]

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The power of writers as activists

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The incredible Taylor Lewis reflects on the power of writers as activists, her experiences teaching abroad in France, going to grad school in Hawaii, and the current political climate in a recent article in The Writers’ Bloc. Back in 2011, at the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House at the University of Maryland, Taylor had the great idea to […]

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Using parallax to discuss college athletic spending

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Athletic Spending in ACC and Big Ten For my final CNS project, I wanted to learn parallax. Parallax is the difference between positions of an object viewed at different depths. It is from the Greek word parallaxis, which means alteration. Parallax in web design has become huge. Web designers are using parallax scrolling to create […]

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My poems are published!

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I’m now a published poet! Two of my poems were published in this year’s issue of Stylus and one won First Place in the Jiménez-Porter Literary Prize. There are still copies of Stylus available throughout the University of Maryland campus. Pick them up while you can!

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Designing “a decade of scribblers”

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This year I was hard at work as the Social Media Manager for the Writers’ House. One of my projects this semester was acting as Design Editor for the Writers’ House tenth anniversary publication, “a decade of scribblers.” I worked with a staff of three to collect submissions from current and former Writers’ House students, […]

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The importance of place

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Chimamanda Adichie tells true, personal stories By Marlena Chertock She tries to tell the Nigerian story, her Nigerian story, through fearless honesty. Chimamanda Adichie, a Nigerian writer known for her realistic fiction and her TED talk about the danger of the single story, explained her inspiration for writing for about an hour Tuesday night as […]

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Changing careers for the love of poetry

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Once a civil engineer, Zein El-Amine made a career switch 5 years ago By Marlena Chertock First published in The Writers’ Bloc. Five years ago one poetry professor in the University of Maryland’s Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House discussed paint colors for a fraternity bathroom for 15 minutes with his Residential Facilities supervisor. “All I could think […]

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Writers’ House preparing for 10-year anniversary

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By Marlena Chertock, Online Editor of The Writers’ Bloc You may have seen it posted in Dorchester hallways. Or on the door to the kitchen.  The Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House program has a special birthday this year, its 10th anniversary. To celebrate a decade of the Writers’ House program, the staff is planning a daylong event and a publication. […]

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Undergrounduates MC wins at Circles13

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By Marlena Chertock Published first in The Writers’ Bloc. A crowd of about 100 sat in bleachers, circled around three male students with microphones at James Madison University Saturday. They insulted each other through rhymes for 30-seconds each. After two rounds of 30-seconds with a background beat, Fresco Sounds, Paperboy Prince of the Suburbs and Killer […]

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Professor to embark on archaeology adventure

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Summer study abroad course to take students on dig in Israel By Marlena Chertock Sunday, March 25, 2012 Published first in The Diamondback. He’s been described as the Indiana Jones of the university’s Jewish studies department.Professor Matthew Suriano, who began teaching at this university in the fall, has built up a reputation among students and […]

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Alumnus hosts bilingual open mic to eliminate borders

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By Marlena Chertock Published first in The Diamondback. Before the Jan. 15 Borderlines open mic even started, Henry Mills chose random audience members to translate Spanish haikus and sections of poems into English. Candles flickered on tables and the smell of pizza floated throughout the room of about 40. Though the Spanish texts were only written in one […]

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Letter to the Editor

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Marlena Chertock Published in the Nov. 4 edition of The Diamondback. In response to the Oct. 31 staff editorial, “Occupational hazard,” permission should not have to be granted before a protest or demonstration on this university’s campus, on other college campuses, in the United States or in the world. If the protest remains nonviolent, there […]