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. He was a *FINALIST* for the 2016 Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence in Poetry for his new book, Lazarus. About his second Teen GLBTQ novel, A Little Bit Langston, Kirkus Reviews raved, "This book really ... takes its place in the marginalized-will-lead-us genre, as popularized by The Matrix and the X-Men franchises." His first GLBTQ Teen novel, Ghost Songs, was published in 2014 by Harmony Ink Press. His first New Adult novel, If There's a Heaven Above (JMS Books), was published in 2013 and nominated by The American Library Association as "Outstanding" for older teens (17+). His first play, The Inevitable Crunch Factor, won the Cal Arts' New Playwrights Series and was produced in a multi-week run. 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

A Little Bit Langston
(Harmony Ink Press, 2015)
, A Single Hurt Color
, Alpha Wave
(Harmony Ink Press, 2018)
, Catching Tigers in Red Weather
(Three Candles Press, 2007)
, Ghost Songs
(Harmony Books, 2014)
, If There's a Heaven Above by Andrew Demcak
(JMS Books LLC, 2013)
, Night Chant
(Lethe Press, 2011)
, Zero Summer
(BlazeVOX [books], 2009)
Asylums and Labyrinths
(Rain Mountain Press, 1997)
, Scream When You Burn
(Incommunicado Press, 1998)
, The Gold Fish Press Anthology
(Goldfish Press, 2010)
, Velvet Avalanche
(Satjah Projects, 2006)
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
672 Hours
(Gold Wake Press, 2009)
, Blood-Plague
, Pink Narcissus
Prizes Won: 
Three Candles Press "Open Book Award" 2007 for Catching Tigers In Red Weather (poems) selected by Joan Larkin. He was a *FINALIST* for the 2016 Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence in Poetry for his new book, Lazarus. 2010 Finalist for the Crazyhorse Poetry Award

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson
Radical Reinvention by Kaya Oakes

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Born in: 
Silver Spring
Raised in: 
Palos Verdes, CA
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Last updated: Oct 21, 2016