Malone’s true terrain is the human heart.

—CD Albin

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Dave’s Newest Book

Title: Tornado Drill
Author: Dave Malone
Publication date: April 19, 2022
Publisher: Aldrich Press
Retail price: $19
Available in: paperback | ebook
Genre: Poetry
Four years since his previous volume, Dave Malone returns with Tornado Drill, a book of poems set in part in rural Kansas where he grew up. Tornadoes, coyotes, middle school trials, and the mysteries of nature are constant themes. The book also showcases urban landscapes and the adult struggles of having tough jobs, losing loved ones, and dealing with the pandemic. At the end, the book returns, via a great blue heron, to the power and wonder of the natural world.

She [the great blue heron] stayed there
a long time, longer than my life.

Advance Praise
The polished poems in Dave Malone’s Tornado Drill spin readers from Kansas arroyos and Ozark lakes to sodden Paris side streets and back again. Along the way there are surprising glimpses through neighborhood windows and into manicured back yards, but no matter the setting, Malone’s true terrain is the human heart. Tornado Drill contains humor to balance grief, mystique to dress and attend memory, and spirit to animate craft. Without question, it is his finest book to date.
—C.D. Albin, author of Hard Toward Home, 2017 Missouri Author Award for Fiction

Don’t let the title fool you, this is no drill. There is real danger here—its undercurrent felt in every precise image, its power, palpable. Through tightly crafted, yet expansive portraits, glimpses, and moments, Dave Malone’s Tornado Drill invites us into a whole community of loss, desire, and want. You cannot help but be pulled into this vortex, astonished by the beauty and possibility you will discover here.
—Amy Ash, author of The Open Mouth of the Vase 

Bios for Reuse
50-word bio
Dave Malone is a poet and filmmaker from the Missouri Ozarks. He is the author of six books of poetry, and his newest volume, Tornado Drill, is forthcoming from Aldrich Press in 2022. He can be found online at davemalone.net or on Instagram @dave.malone.

100-word bio
Dave Malone was born in Rolla, Missouri, and grew up in Kansas and Missouri. He received an undergraduate degree from Ottawa University and later a master’s from Indiana State, where he worked with poet Matthew Brennan.
He is the author of six books of poetry, and his newest volume, Tornado Drill, is forthcoming from Aldrich Press in 2022. His most recent poetry film, Remember, with Isaac Protiva, was featured at the 2021 Downeast Flick Fest in Greenville, North Carolina. Dave sends out a free monthly newsletter and can be found online at davemalone.net or on Instagram @dave.malone.

175-word bio
Dave Malone was born in Rolla, Missouri, and grew up in Kansas and Missouri. He received an undergraduate degree from Ottawa University and later a master’s from Indiana State, where he worked with poet Matthew Brennan.
He is the author of six books of poetry, and his newest volume, Tornado Drill, is forthcoming from Aldrich Press in 2022. His most recent poetry film, Remember, with Isaac Protiva, was featured at the 2021 Downeast Flick Fest in Greenville, North Carolina.

He is the coauthor of the stageplay, The Hearts of Blue Whales, and the history book for Ottawa University (Kansas): Ottawa University: 150 Years of Significance. His honors include the Brinley-Hardy Writing Fellowship at the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts and the Plainsongs Poem Award.

His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozark Studies, Midwest Review, and San Pedro River Review. His poem, “Spring Dress,” was featured on Michel Martin’s NPR program Tell Me More.

Dave sends out a free monthly newsletter and can be found online at davemalone.net or on Instagram @dave.malone.