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(B)odyssey: Shapeshifters, Changelings, and Other Transformations

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 6:30pm

Join DC-based writers Marlena Chertock (Crumb-sized, On that one-way trip to Mars), Tara Campbell (TreeVolution, Circe's Bicycle), and Jacquelyn Bengfort (Navy News Service), whose work focuses on science fiction, environmental themes, magical realism, and disability, for a reading of their recent work and panel discussion. 

Jacquelyn Bengfort was raised in North Dakota, educated at the U.S. Naval Academy and Oxford University, and now resides in Washington, DC. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Gargoyle, Midwestern Gothic, District Lit, velvet-tail, and the anthology Unrequited. She was a finalist for SmokeLong Quarterly’s 2017 Kathy Fish Fellowship and the Iowa Review’s 2016 Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans. She’s online at

Tara Campbell is the recipient of the following awards from the DC Comission on the Arts and Humanities: the Larry Neal Writers' Award in fiction, the Mayor's Arts Award for Outstanding New Artist, and a 2018 Arts and Humanities Fellowship. She's a science fiction editor at Barrelhouse, an MFA candidate at American University, and a 2017 Kimbilio Fellow. Prior publication credits include SmokeLong Quarterly, Masters Review, b(OINK), Booth, Spelk, Litbreak, and Queen Mob's Teahouse. Her debut novel, TreeVolution, was published in 2016. Find her online at

Marlena Chertock has two books of poetry, Crumb-sized (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 and chronic pain as a bridge to scientific poetry. Her poems and short stories have appeared in Breath & Shadow, The Deaf Poets Society, Noble/Gas Quarterly, Paper Darts, Rogue Agent, Wordgathering, and more. Marlena serves as the Communications Coordinator for the LGBTQ Writers Caucus and is on the planning committee for OutWrite. Find her at or @mchertock.