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Hosting a literature-themed radio show on WSOE 89.3 FM, Elon University’s student-run radio station.

Marlena Chertock is a senior journalism major and creative writing minor at the University of Maryland-College Park. She is an aspiring digital journalist with a passion for interactive graphics, features, poetry and social media. Her articles have appeared in USA TODAY, The Washington Post, The Gazette,, College Park Patch, The Writers’ Bloc, The Diamondback and The Public Asian. She won first place in the 2013 Jiménez-Porter literary prize for her poem An invisible middle. Her chapbook Buffalo was awarded first honorable mention in the 2013 NFSPS college/university level poetry competition. Read her creative writing here.

2 responses to “Contact”

  1. Elizabeth West says :

    Marlena, I stumbled on your blogs while looking for reviews of Something Like Happiness, and I felt compelled to tell you how thoughtful and perceptive it was, much better than the one from the New York Times. I then poked around and found some of your poetry, which is also excellent. A friend who was a former Peace Corps volunteer in Chile has been trying for years to get me to visit, and I’ve always resisted, but your poems made me think differently.
    I’m a retired English teacher–I taught many, many talented students in my 37 years in high schools–and you rank with the best of them. I look forward to following your career–all the best,
    Elizabeth West

    • Marlena Chertock says :

      Hello Elizabeth West,

      Thank you for your kind words and feedback. They mean so much to me.

      I am so glad you enjoyed my poetry and that review of “Stestí” or “Something Like Happiness.” It was a wonderful movie.

      I would recommend visiting Chile, if you can. It is an amazing place filled with very welcoming people. Go to Valparaíso — it’s a beautiful port city, with houses climbing up the many hills.

      Where did you teach? I am honored to be considered in your rank of English students.


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