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Andrew Demcak

Author's Bio

Andrew Demcak is an award-winning poet and novelist whose work has been widely published and anthologized both in print and on-line, and whose books have been featured by The American Library Association, Verse Daily, The Lambda Literary Foundation, The Best American Poetry blog, and Poets/Artists. His second novel, Ghost Songs, will be published in 2014 by Harmony Ink Press. His first novel, IF THERE'S A HEAVEN ABOVE (JMS Books), was published in 2013. His fourth book of poetry, Night Chant, was published by Lethe Press, 2011. His other poetry books are: A Single Hurt Color, GOSS 183::Casa Menendez Press, 2010, Zero Summer, BlazeVOX [Books], NY, 2009 and his first poetry book, Catching Tigers in Red Weather, three candles press, 2007, that was selected by Joan Larkin to win the Three Candles Press Open Book Award. He was a 2010 Finalist for The Crazyhorse Poetry Award. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Lambda Award, Thom Gunn Poetry Award, both the California and Northern California Book Awards, Best of the Web, and others. He has an M. F. A. in English/Creative Writing from St. Mary's College in Moraga, CA , where he studied with Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Michael Palmer, Carol Snow, Frank Bidart, Gary Snyder, Charles Wright, and Sharon Olds. Andrew is also a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, where he studied with Galway Kinnell, Richard Howard, and Lucille Clifton. His poems, including Young Man With iPod (Poetry Midwest, #13), are taught at Ohio State University as part of both its English 110.02 class, "The Genius and the Madman," and in its "American Poetry Since 1945" class. At the age of 23, Andrew published his first chapbook, The Psalms (Big 23 Press), which was favorably reviewed by Dr. Clifton Snider in the Small Press Review (issue 226, vol. 23, no. 11.)

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Ghost Songs (Harmony Books, 2014), If There's a Heaven Above by Andrew Demcak (JMS Books LLC, 2013), Night Chant (Lethe Press, 2011), A Single Hurt Color (GOSS183::CASA MENENDEZ, 2010), Zero Summer (BlazeVOX [books], 2009), Catching Tigers in Red Weather (Three Candles Press, 2007)
Chapbooks:
Blood-Plague (GOSS183::CASA MENENDEZ, 2012), 672 Hours (Gold Wake Press, 2009), Pink Narcissus (GOSS183::CASA MENENDEZ, 2009)
Anthologies:
The Gold Fish Press Anthology (Goldfish Press, 2010), Velvet Avalanche (Satjah Projects, 2006), Scream When You Burn (Incommunicado Press, 1998), Asylums and Labyrinths (Rain Mountain Press, 1997)
Journals:
California Quarterly, Cherry Bleeds, Chiron Review, Court Green, DMQ Review, Elimae, Genre, Ginosko Literary Journal, Identity Theory, Inky Blue, Juked, Knockout Literary Magazine, Kritya, Lily Lit Review, listenlight, MiPOesias, Oranges & Sardines, Ouroboros Review, Pearl Magazine, Pebble Lake Review, Poetry Depth Quarterly, Poetry Midwest, Poets and Artists, San Francisco Chronicle, Scythe Literary Journal, Shampoo, Sheila-Na-Gig, Skidrow Penthouse, Slant: A Journal of Poetry, Slipstream, Snow Monkey, Softblow, Strange Road, The American Poetry Journal, The Blue House, The Dublin Quarterly, The Furnace Review, The Nervous Breakdown, The Potomac Review, Verse Daily, Willard & Maple, Wisconsin Review
Prizes:
Three Candles Press "Open Book Award" 2007 for Catching Tigers In Red Weather (poems) selected by Joan Larkin. 2010 Finalist for the Crazyhorse Poetry Award

Andrew Demcak Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson, Radical Reinvention by Kaya Oakes
Favorite Books:
Ariel by Sylvia Plath, Out of the Body Travel by Stanley Plumly, Harmonium by Wallace Stevens, American Primitive by Mary Oliver, Telegraph by Kaya Oakes, and many more!
Favorite Authors:
Anne Sexton, Sharon Olds, Galway Kinnell, Richard Howard, Lucille Clifton, Rita Dove, Justin Chin, Richard Siken, Charles Jensen, Matthew Hittinger, Didi Menendez, Eduardo C. Corral, too many to list here!

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Listing last updated: January 27, 2014

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