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My life is a canvas still in the works--devoted student of the written word and professional pen and ink artist.

Background Information

Growing up in rural East Tennessee on my Grandfather's farm with 5 siblings and a host of cousins, I was never aware of those things we lacked materially compared to other children.  I was only aware of the fresh smell of fresh grown vegetables in my grandmother's kitchen, a root cellar full of wonderful canned delights and the paperbags my mother faithfully saved and cut into small sheets and hid in her purse so I could draw  pictures to share with family. 

Truly, I remember the books I looked forward reading after  checking out from our small school library every other week to take home and read--Heidi, Tom Sawyer, Hans Brinkle & the Silver Skates, Treasure Island, Tom Sawyer and poems of Edgar Allen Poe. Oh how these wonderful stories opened up a whole new world for a young girl in rural America; taking me off my grandfather's farm to places I never expected to see or visit.  Words have molded my life for over five decades and have become the largest consumption of my various appetites. 

For years I never missed an opportunity to edit, draft, write and/or volunteer my skills throughout my community on every nonprofit board organization which would have me.  My prize possession for years was an old Webster's Dictionary given to me from an old employer which weighed about 15 pounds with pages as thin as onion skin (back in the day). 

Today in my wake of evolving dreams to come, as the writer for "What's Going On", I have written over 300 scripts since the show's inception in 2003; a television program awarded the Sunshine Award for its quality programming competing with programs on Comcast Cable Community TV, Channel 12 over a seven-state region.   Over the years I have written numerous freelance articles, press releases, poetry, etc.  Until I retired, I was editor of the newsletter for the agency I was employed by; creative editor for Tracy Whitaker, author of "The Truth Behind the Walls," and her soon to be released, "Tara's Trials of Isolation."   Also the creative editor for Vanderbilt Brabson III, author of "The Gatekeeper." 

As a freelance writer, authored a six-page feature article in Contempora Magazine, regional Tennessee publication, titled, "Disparaging Health Issues Facing African Americans in Large Metro Communities in the State of Tennessee" in major Tennessee cities across the state (Rosetta Miller Perry, Founder/Publisher of Tennessee Tribune).  Also authored ( and edited various articles over the years for EA Associates (Atlanta, GA); contributing editor for Ordinary People Magazine (2011) published in Memphis and distributed in TN, GA, TX and FL; Karate Five Association (Knoxville, TN) and another project dear to my heart--writing the pilot show script for "Teen-A-Scene"  in 2004 about youth in East TN doing something positive in their communities.  

I am presently concentrating on publishing my manuscript and awaiting the fate of my future writing career and promoting my art on and

Birth Place
Knoxville, TN USA

Technical & Script Writer since 2001 for local Comcast Cable TV show, Channel 12, "What's Going On", which was awarded the Sunshine Award (Executive Producer, Robert Minter). A local community driven program disseminating information to viewers on various topics or issues of interest. Competed against programs over a seven-state region broadcasting on Comcast Cable Community TV Network.

I was the featured artist at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, TN for Black History Month celebration. The exhibit, Feb. 1, 2001 was on display in the Goins Rotunda. The college hosted a public reception at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in the exhibit area.

Additional Information

I now have a webpage; please visit at the link shown below! Creative editor for Tracy Whitaker's Book, "The Truth Behind the Walls," and Vanderbilt Brabson III's book, "The Gatekeeper." Working on my own manuscript of the supernatural genre.

Favorite Links

Marlena B. Beal's Webpage
Please visit my webpage which has lots of photos, artwork and a history of my writing and art career.

Articles Published on Helium Website
On this site you will find several articles I published on the Helium site for writers and the articles ranking with other writers on the same topic.

Paintings I Love Website for Artists
On this site, Paintings I Love, you will be able to see some of my artwork posted--most of it my pen and ink cross hatch style along with other artists from all over the world.

Ink Flow Art by Marlena on ETSY
This site is my store, Ink Flow Art by Marlena, which lists for sale my original pen and ink prints and acrylics for sale. Please visit!

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