Archive | January, 2014

A Reading, a Recording and a Publication, Oh My!

16 Jan

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Hi.

So I’ve got some news.

First off, on the events front, I’ll be in Pittsburgh on February 8th, reading at Modern Formations. Here’s the line up:

A Confluence of Poets – Modern Formations

Saturday, February 8th,  8 pm

Presented by Lilliput Review

 

Buffalo – Sara Ries     Erie – Chuck Joy

  Cleveland – Diane Borsenik & John Burroughs

New York City – Ally Malinenko & John Grochalski

San Francisco – Maggie Glover

Pittsburgh – Heather McNaugher, Kristofer Collins

& Don Wentworth

Admission: $5 or a Covered Dish

Modern Formations 4919 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, PA

Nice, right? I’ve very excited. So if you’re in the area, please come out and say hello and hear some great poetry.

And the night before that, I’m going to be on Prosody – a poetry radio show –  which is craziness! I’ll be reading some poems and talking to Renee Alberts about poetry. I haven’t picked out the poems I’m going to read yet (Note to self: pick out some poems, Ally) but I’m hoping to do a couple from my new series, How To Be An American.

Granted, the FCC requires I tone a few of those down so that there is less f-bomb dropping and all. Ahem.

BookFish Books Logo finished blue bakground 2 (1)

And lastly, speaking of F-Bombs……My novella THIS IS SARAH is being published this spring by BookFish Books.There’s still a ton of work to do but I’m super excited for this opportunity.

Here’s a little teaser synopsis:
When Colin Leventhal leaned out his bedroom window on the night of May 12th and said goodbye to his girlfriend, he never expected it would be forever. But when Sarah Evans goes missing that night, Colin’s world unravels as he is transformed from the boyfriend next door to the main police suspect. Then one year later, at her memorial service, Colin makes a phone call that could change everything. Is it possible that Sarah is still alive? And if so, what is Colin willing to do to bring her back?
THIS IS SARAH is a meditation on loss, a tale of first love, and a harrowing journey about what it is to say finally let go and say goodbye.
Yay!
So that’s about everything for now. Again if you’re anywhere near Pittsburgh, please come out. Afterwards we’ll get beers!
Peace, Love and Starbursts,
Ally
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How to Be An American Series poem at Burlesque Press

3 Jan

And here we are, on the other side of big roll over from 2013 to 2014.

Hopefully we all made it.

And here’s a nice way to start out the year – with a poem – published by the fine folks at Burlesque Press. It’s from the How to Be An American series that I’ve been working on entitled We Can Stand the Sound of Progress Like Jackhammers and Chainsaws But We Do Not Feel Our Neighbor Has the Right to Disturb Our Peace.

It’s based on a true story about me, in the snow, late at night, after a wee bit too much wine, yelling at the guys driving the plow in my pink fuzzy pajamas with skulls on them. Needless to say, a good time was had by all.

Many thanks to Burlesque Press for giving this poem a home.

Peace Love and Starbursts,

Ally

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