Alyssa Palombo '11

Alyssa Palombo '11

Ever since she cracked the code of letters, Tonawanda native Alyssa Palombo ’11 has spent much of her life with her nose buried in a book, a fact to which her heavily overloaded bookshelf can attest. Her parents have several times threatened to stage a book intervention due to the number of books that are delivered to the house via Alibris and Barnes & Noble. Favorite authors include Ann Patchett, Margaret Cezair-Thompson, Gail Godwin, Naomi Ragen, Philippa Gregory, and Oscar Wilde.

For Palombo, the step from reading the works of others to writing her own was a natural one. All through middle school and high school, she could usually be found scribbling stories and poems in one of her ever-present spiral-bound notebooks whenever she thought her teachers wouldn’t notice. A 2007 graduate of Sweet Home High School, she chose Canisius College primarily because it was the only school in the area to offer a creative writing minor, and was thrilled to be in the first class of graduates with a creative writing degree. Her senior thesis, a collection of five short stories entitled “Love Songs in C-Sharp Minor,” explored love’s many effects in a variety of its incarnations.

Palombo considers herself primarily a fiction writer, although she writes poetry as well from time to time. She currently works for Student Voice/Campus Labs in Buffalo as a Coordinator for Campus Support.

Palombo’s other great love in life is music. A competent pianist and a beginning violinist, she is first and foremost a vocalist. A mezzo-soprano with a taste for the classical/operatic repertoire, and a big fan of hard rock and heavy metal, she plans to spend her life being torn between her two passions—music and writing—and feels extremely fortunate to have it so.