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Malone to read from latest poetry collection

October 9, 2013

When Dave Malone enrolled at Indiana State University, he didn't know how he would grow as a writer.

"Studying poetry with Matt Brennan 20 years ago changed me," Malone said. "Dr. Brennan helped nurture in me a sense of meter, rhythm as well as a Keatsian zest for life."

Malone will be returning to Indiana State to read from his latest poetry collection as part of the Theodore Dreiser Visiting Writers Series. For the first year, the series will feature Indiana State graduates.

"This is a venue for their works," said Mark Lewandowski, associate professor of English, of the newly established series. "There are quite a few who are publishing."

Malone, who graduated in 1994 with his master's degree in English - creative writing, will read from his poetry collection titled, "View from the North Ten: Poems after Mark Rothko's No. 15" on Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m. in the Schick Lecture Room of Root Hall (A-264).

His book is described as, "Inspired by the primary colors of Mark Rothko's vibrant No. 15 painting, these poems give life to the canvas of the rural Ozarks. Chiefly love poems, the book explores the rugged Ozark and Rothko landscape, as well as romantic yearnings, relationship, despair and togetherness."

Malone calls it a pleasure to return to Indiana State and to Terre Haute.

"The mentoring relationships with several professors have blossomed into genuine friendships over the years, so that makes the journey back to the Haute even sweeter," he said. "The campus has changed a bit since my graduate school days in the early 90s, and it's exciting to see those exciting changes."

Malone was born in Rolla, Mo., and grew up in both Missouri and Kansas. He attended Ottawa University before studying creative writing at Indiana State. Malone is the author of four previous collections: "Seasons in Love," "Under the Sycamore," "23 Sonnets," and "Poems to Love and the Body." In addition to his involvement in several small business ventures, Malone teaches film courses at Missouri State University- West Plains.

The Theodore Dreiser Visiting Writers Series is supported by the Center for Community Engagement and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Contact: Mark Lewandowski, Indiana State University, associate professor of English, at or 812-237-8552

Writer: Jennifer Sicking, Indiana State University, associate director of media relations, at or 812-237-7972