Andrew Demcak

Poet

Author's Bio

Andrew Demcak* is an award-winning American poet and novelist, the author of six poetry collections and seven Young Adult novels. His books have been featured by The American Library Association, Verse Daily, The Lambda Literary Foundation, The Best American Poetry, The Nervous Breakdown, and Kirkus Reviews. He was a *FINALIST* for the prestigious Dorset Prize for Poetry, the Gloria E. Anzaldúa Poetry Prize, and also the Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence in Poetry.

 His new poetry book, Cryptopedia, was published in 2020, to positive reviews by Nomadic Press. The last title in his 'The Elusive Spark' YA/Teen GLBTQ2-S series is the forthcoming novel, Twelve Heroes (Harmony Ink Press).  He recently released three new YA/Teen GLBTQ2-S novels, How Do You Deal with a Dead Girl? (Big 23 Press), "An eerily amusing horror tale that will have readers rooting for the characters." - KIRKUS REVIEWS, May 25, 2018, and Alpha Wave (Book 2) and DarkFeather (Book 3) The Elusive Spark series, (Harmony Ink Press) to brisk sales. About his Teen GLBTQ Sci-Fi Coming-Out novel, A Little Bit Langston (Book 1, The Elusive Spark series) 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 Young Adult (YA) novel, Ghost Songs, was published March 13, 2014. His first literary novel, If There's A Heaven Above, was published January 5, 2013 by JMS Books, and was nominated by The American Library Association as an "Outstanding" novel for older Teens (17+).

His first play, The Inevitable Crunch Factor, won the Cal Arts' New Playwrights Series and was cast and produced in a multi-week run.

His fourth book of poetry, Night Chant, was published by Lethe Press. 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, which was selected by Joan Larkin to win the Three Candles Press Open Book Award.

*"Andrew Demcak." Contemporary Authors, Gale, 2017. Literature Resource Center, go.galegroup.com. Accessed 27 May 2017 OCLC WorldCat Author Identities: https://www.worldcat.org/wcidentities/lc... Library of Congress Author Authority file: http://viaf.org/viaf/88547073/

Literary agent: 
Carolyn French, Fifi Oscard Inc.

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
The Gold Fish Press Anthology (Goldfish Press, 2010)
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Velvet Avalanche (Satjah Projects, 2006)
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Scream When You Burn (Incommunicado Press, 1998)
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Asylums and Labyrinths (Rain Mountain Press, 1997)
Books:
Cryptopedia (Nomadic Press, 2020)
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Darkfeather (Harmony Ink Press, 2019)
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Alpha Wave, The Elusive Spark, Book 2 (Harmony Ink Press, 2018)
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How Do You Deal With A Dead Girl? (YA Paranormal) (AmazonEncore, 2018)
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Alpha Wave (Harmony Ink Press, 2018)
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A Little Bit Langston (Harmony Ink Press, 2015)
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Ghost Songs (Harmony Books, 2014)
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If There's a Heaven Above by Andrew Demcak (JMS Books LLC, 2013)
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Night Chant (Lethe Press, 2011)
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A Single Hurt Color (GOSS183::CASA MENENDEZ, 2010)
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Zero Summer (BlazeVOX books, 2009)
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Catching Tigers in Red Weather (Three Candles Press, 2007)
Chapbooks:
Blood-Plague (GOSS183::CASA MENENDEZ, 2012)
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672 Hours (Gold Wake Press, 2009)
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Pink Narcissus (GOSS183::CASA MENENDEZ, 2009)
Journals: ,
California Quarterly
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Cherry Bleeds
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Court Green
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Elimae
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Genre
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Identity Theory
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Inky Blue
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Juked
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Knockout Literary Magazine
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Kritya
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Lily Lit Review
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listenlight
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MiPOesias
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Oranges & Sardines
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Ouroboros Review
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Pearl Magazine
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Pebble Lake Review
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Poetry Depth Quarterly
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Poetry Midwest
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Poets and Artists
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San Francisco Chronicle
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Scythe Literary Journal
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Shampoo
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Skidrow Penthouse
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Snow Monkey
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Softblow
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Strange Road
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The Blue House
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The Dublin Quarterly
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The Furnace Review
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The Nervous Breakdown
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The Potomac Review
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Verse Daily
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Willard & Maple
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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 prestigious Dorset Prize for Poetry, the Gloria E. Anzuldua Prize, the Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence in Poetry, and 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, The Other by Thomas Tryon

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
American
Born in: 
Raised in: 
Palos Verdes, CA
California
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Last update: May 02, 2021