Ms. Marlena Chertock

Maryland, United States

Member Since: 08/09/2016

Marlena Chertock has two books of poetry, Crumb-sized: Poems (Unnamed Press, 2017) and On that one-way trip to Mars (Bottlecap Press, 2016). She lives in Washington, D.C. and uses her skeletal dysplasia as a bridge to scientific poetry. Marlena is a bisexual poet and serves on the planning committee for OutWrite, Washington, D.C.'s annual LGBTQ literary festival. Marlena's poems and short stories have appeared in Breath & Shadow, The Deaf Poets Society, Noble/Gas Quarterly, Paper Darts, Rogue Agent, Wordgathering, and more. She is currently working on a collection of short sci-fi stories based on climate change. Find her at or @mchertock.


Twitter Username: @mchertock


  • Crumb-sized , Unnamed Press (August 15, 2017)
  • On that one-way trip to Mars , Bottlecap Press (May 2016)
  • Forecast: 2035 , Paper Darts (December 13, 2017)
  • My body is as old as precambrian earth , Rogue Agent (December 1, 2017)
  • How to Make Your Literary Magazine More Inclusive , The Writer’s Notebook (October 16, 2017)
  • It should be called womenstruate, The only awkward one, Migration, and Unfold me gently , Noble/Gas Quarterly (September 15, 2017)
  • Spider slayer , Monstering (August 9, 2017)
  • This isn’t a poem about motherhood and Recipe to reduce pain , Daughter (May 20, 2017)
  • A collection of poems , The Deaf Poets Society’s “Crips In Space” issue (May 4, 2017)
  • Short curve II , Breath & Shadow (January 27, 2017)
  • Ilana and the science experiment , Crack the Spine (January 5, 2017)
  • Forecast , Pilgrimage (December 2016)
  • How to feel beautiful , The Deaf Poets Society (October 5, 2016)
  • Wonder Women , Paper Darts (September 29, 2016)
  • Short sisters , Medical Literary Messenger (May 2014)


  • News21 Gun Wars investigation, ONA Journalism Award(2015)
  • News21 Gun Wars investigation, EPPY Award(2014)
  • First Place, Jiménez-Porter Literary Prize Poetry Contest for “An invisible middle”(2013)


  • Communications Specialist at World Resources Institute
  • Freelance writer at Electrical Contractor Magazine
  • Planning Committee at OutWrite


  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Maryland (December 2013)
  • Certificate in Jiménez-Porter Writers' House-poetry notation from University of Maryland (December 2013)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Poetry