About Djelloul
djelloulHeadshotEarly Life

Djelloul Marbrook, a contemporary English language American poet, writer, and photographer, was born in 1934 in Algiers, Algeria the son of an Algerian father and American mother. He grew up in Brooklyn, West Islip, and Manhattan, where he attended Dwight Preparatory School and Columbia University. He worked as a soda jerk, newspaper vendor, messenger, theater and nightclub concessionaire, and served in the U.S. Navy and Merchant Marine.


As a journalist he worked for the Providence (RI) Journal, the Elmira (NY) Star-Gazette, the Baltimore Sun, the Winston-Salem Journal, the Washington Star, and daily newspapers in northeast Ohio and northern New Jersey.

Literary Career

He is the author of twelve poetry books and ten books of fiction each of which has a dedicated page on this website. His poetry and fiction have also been widely published in journals and anthologies.

Literary Awards

For his writing he has won the 2007 Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize for Far From Algiers (2008, Kent State University Press), the 2008 Literal Latté fiction award for “Artist’s Hill ”—an excerpt from Crowds of One (2018, Leaky Boot Press), volume two of the Light Piercing Water trilogy, and the 2010 International Book Award in poetry.


Djelloul learned photography in the Navy and became a reporter-photographer. He has exhibited his photographs locally to where he lives and shares them on Flickr, Twitter and Facebook.

Social Media

Djelloul maintains a popular and vibrant presence on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. You can follow him using the social media icons at the top of this page.


Now retired, but still very active as both a writer, poet and photographer, he lives in the mid-Hudson Valley with his wife Marilyn, from where he also looks after the estates of his mother and aunt—both of whom were noted artists.

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