Andrew Demcak, MFA Poetry '97

Librarian II, Reference Services, Oakland Public Library

View Andrew's new book Crytopedia at Nomadic Press!


Andrew'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, The Nervous Breakdown, and Poets/Artists. His first Young Adult (YA) novel, Ghost Songs, was published March 13, 2014 by Harmony Ink Press. His first literary novel, If There's A Heaven Above, was published January 5, 2013 by JMS Books and was nominated as an "Outstanding" novel for older teens (17+) by The American Library Association. 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.

Andrew's News:

  • Darkfeather, the third book in Andrew's Elusive Spark series, is forthcoming in 2019 from Harmony Ink Press!
  • Andrew's poetry collection, Cryptopedia, will be published by Nomadic Press in 2019!
  • Andrew just released his new novel "How Do You Deal with a Dead Girl?" Order a copy here! 
  • Check out Andrew in an interview in Newfound! 
  • Andrew's chapbook, Cryptopedia, is a finalist in the 2017's Gloria E. Anzaldua Poetry Prize!
  • Andrew will be reading from his book "Night Chant" at JFK Library on November 1st 2017 from 7-8pm.
  • Andrew's new book titled Alpha Wave will be published in 2018 by Harmony Ink Press.
  • Andrew was a *Finalist* for the 2016 Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence in Poetry for his latest book, Lazarus.
  • Check out Andrew's latest novel, A Little Bit Langston, now available from Harmony Ink Press!
  • Andrew is currently listed at number 37 in's list of famous alumni from Saint Mary's! Check it out here.