Marlena Williams

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Marlena Williams is a writer from Portland, Oregon. Her work has appeared in the Yale Review, Electric Literature, Literary Hub, and others. She has an MFA in Fiction from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her essay collection Night Mother: A Personal and Cultural History of the Exorcist will be published by the Ohio State University Press in 2023.


Cover Photo: This is an image of multi-well plates (small test tubes) in a row. Inside each tube is a dark substance with glowing colorful circles of matter floating inside. The floating matter are images of genes which have been artificially superimposed on the multi-well plates.
Uncovering the Secrets of My Chromosomes Through Genetic Testing

I couldn’t fight off the sense that there is a certain absurdity to getting tested for a disease for which there is currently no cure.

Sep 08, 2022