Dave Malone was born in Rolla, Missouri. In the mid-1970s when he was six, his family moved to rural Kansas to a small home that overlooked Tuttle Creek Lake. Discovering fossils along an ancient creekbed inspired an interest in history. Listening to Vincent Price’s CBS Radio Mystery Theater on his transistor inspired an interest in storytelling and the macabre. In third grade, a teacher introduced haiku to a handful of eager students, and Dave was taken with this combination of math and writing.
Dave earned a bachelor’s degree from Ottawa University in 1991 and a master’s degree from Indiana State in 1994. For fifteen years, he held many jobs and traveled. In 2009, he came back to the Ozarks, where his family is from.
Dave is the author of 11 works of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. His first book is Poems to Love and the Body (Bliss Station Publishing, 1999) and his most recent book is You Know the Ones (Golden Antelope Press, 2017). Dave’s early work was commended for its daring, sometimes ribald, nature. His later work has been praised for its refinement, heart, and strong sense of place. His writing has been featured on NPR, and one of his caretaking adventures mentioned in the New York Times.