I wrote (or contributed to) some books.


New poetry book via Blue Hour. Here’s what some people said:

“We all believe in death, but we don’t believe it will come for us. To face that truth head on, to be fearless in the face of mortality–our own and our beloveds’–is the job of the artist. But it’s a job many shy away from because it is the hardest of truths. Not Ally Malinenko. In FITTING THE OCEAN IN  YOUR MOUTH, Malinenko faces both death and life and the space in between with grace and courage. And thank everything for that, because she allows all of us mortals to feel less alone. A cancer survivor, the daughter of a cancer survivor, a New Yorker who dies a little with each morning commute, Malinenko understands what E.B. White’s Charlotte the spider told us all along–we’re born, we live a while, we die. We are humble and radiant and temporary. This book is a courageous testimony to the power of the human spirit and the human heart. In a world that may make us feel hopeless, Malinenko offers us hope.  Everything is temporary, yes, Malinenko tells us, but there is beauty still, if we reach for it and believe in it and sing it loud. There is always a tomorrow, however we imagine that. As Malinenko writes, This is the life we have written. / What will happen next?”




Better Luck Next Year

The cancer book. If you’re really curious about my boobs this is the one for you. Warning: contains heartache and laughter. Sometimes at the same time.

At the relatively young age of thirty-seven, Ally Malinenko was diagnosed with breast cancer. Better Luck Next Year is a revealing portrait of a young woman fighting for her life. As Malinenko writes, “Please don’t call it a journey”. At once harrowing and funny Better Luck Next Year is a vital statement; Malinenko’s is a much-needed voice crying out.


This Is Sarah

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 transforms 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, how far will he go to bring her back?


How To Be An American

The poems in How to Be an American strike the chords of conversations we should be having, should have already had and resolved, or conversations that should be irrelevant. In this generation’s remake of democracy, Malinenko’s book is an incendiary device.
—Jason Baldinger, author of The Lower Forty-Eight



Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb

MEET LIZZY SPEARE… …a normal twelve year old girl with a talent for writing, who has a very not normal family secret. And when Lizzy’s father vanishes, that secret will change her life in ways unimagined. (Spoiler Alert! It turns out that Lizzy, or Elizabeth S. Speare, is the last living descendant of William Shakespeare. Shhh! Don’t tell anybody!) Then Lizzy and her best friend Sammy are kidnapped, awakening in the faraway land of Manhattan. Their host is Jonathan Muse, whose job is to protect Lizzy from becoming the latest victim in a family feud nearly five hundred years old. Could that be why the mysterious, eye patch-wearing Dmitri Marlowe is after her? (Spoiler Alert 2—he’s the last living descendant of Christopher Marlowe, a friend and rival of Shakespeare’s. But keep it to yourself!) Is Marlowe after Lizzy’s family fortune rumored to be kept in Shakespeare’s tomb? Does he seek artistic immortality? Or Revenge (with a capital R) for a death long, long ago? In a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, Lizzy and Sammy are thrust into the realm of the mythical and fantastic—from satyrs and Cyclopses to Middle Eastern cab drivers and Brooklyn hipsters—in what is truly “an improbable fiction” as the Bard himself once wrote


The Wanting Bone

My first poetry collection published by Six Gallery Press. You can also purchase this directly from me (at a discount!) here:

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America The Lost is a compilation from Down in the Dirt magazine which is published by Scars.

100 Words is a compilation from Down in Dirt magazine which is published by Scars.


The 2015 Jersey Devil Press Anthology

The 2015 Jersey Devil Press Anthology contains the best work from our last five years, written by some of our favorite authors. We love them in a way we’re not entirely comfortable with.

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