· Bio ·

Ally Markotich is passionate about the meeting place of creativity and faith. Currently, she explores this connection through poetry and soul art. Intentionally seeking the sacred ordinary helps fuel her artistry. Ally also enjoys reading Scripture in Lectio Divina style to create poetry and art to complement the holy story. She uses the energy of words to explore wholeness, wonder and connection with the divine. She also focuses on the power of practice to encourage healing, forgiveness and love towards self and others. The pain in her life and that of the world is often the starting place for her work. From grief, she is able to offer words and art of hope.

Ally recently completed a certificate in Spiritual Formation from Columbia Theological Seminary (GA) in August 2017. She has her BFA in Graphic Design from Alfred University (NY). Ally has been featured as the “Monk in the World” guest post on www.abbeyofthearts.com in October 2015 and October 2017. In April 2017, she placed second in the (NC) Weymouth Writer’s Competition for a non-fiction piece entitled, The Illumined Path. In the same contest, she received an honorable mention for a poem entitled, Years Gone By. Most recently, Ally has been received into Shiloh Sophia’s Color of Women Training in 2018 to become a teacher of Intentional Creativity. Her husband, two sons and crazy yellow lab help keep her grounded to live life (rather messily) with grace, compassion and humor.

Here are some pertinent influences of Ally’s journey over the last eight years (book titles are in italics); listed with those most recently read first:
The Bible; I enjoy the NIV version and The Message written in Contemporary Language
Makoto Fujimara: Culture Care; Refractions
Rob Bell: What Is The Bible?; How to Be Here; weekly podcasts found here, Velvet Elvis; Sex God; Love Wins
Clarisa Pinkola Estés: Women Who Run with the Wolves
Thomas Moore: Original Self; Dark Nights of the Soul
Matthew Fox: Creativity
Richard Rohr: Immortal Diamond; Yes, And; daily subscription to his devotionals found here
Jan Richardson: In the Sanctuary of Women
Christine Valters-Paintner: The Soul of a Pilgrim; The Artist’s Rule
Parker Palmer: Let Your Life Speak
Henri Nouwen: The Return of the Prodigal Son; The Way of the Heart
Sue Monk Kidd: When the Heart Waits; The Dance of the Dissident Daughter
Jane Vennard: A Praying Congregation
Thomas Keating: Open Mind, Open Heart
Brian McLaren: Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road?; We Make the Road By Walking
Nadia Bolz-Weber: Pastrix; Accidental Saints
Barbara Brown Taylor: An Altar in the World; Leaving Church
Marjorie Thompson: Soul Feast
Anne Lamott: Help, Thanks, Wow; Traveling Mercies
Sara Miles: Take This Bread
Ann Voskamp: One Thousand Gifts
Kelly Minter: No Other Gods
Timothy Keller: The Prodigal God
Philip Yancey: What’s So Amazing About Grace?; The Jesus I Never Knew
Margaret Feinberg: Sacred Echo; Organic God; Scouting the Divine
Donald Miller: Blue Like Jazz; A Million Miles in a Thousand Years