Meet the Poet
Marianne Szlyk grew up in Massachusetts, went to graduate school in Oregon and Indiana, and now lives in Maryland (near Washington, DC) with her husband, their two cats, and too many CDs. She is a professor at Montgomery College and the editor of "The Song Is…” Recently, she published her second chapbook, I Dream of Empathy (Flutter Press). Her first (Listening to Electric Cambodia, Looking Up at Trees of Heaven) was published by Kind of a Hurricane Press and is available here. Her poems have appeared in Of/with, bird's thumb, Cacti Fur, Peeking Cat Poetry Journal, Contemporary American Voices, and other online and print venues including Kind of a Hurricane Press' anthologies. She began as a free verse poet but is exploring counted verse and even syllabic verse. Like Weather Underground, some of her poems are hyper-local, inspired by her walks in her neighborhood and Washington, DC. Others are not. She hopes that you will visit The Song Is... and perhaps even submit a poem or two. Read.