Andrew Demcak, MFA Poetry '97

Senior Librarian in charge of Collection Development for Oakland Public Library

View Andrew's new book Crytopedia at Nomadic Press!


Andrew Demcak (MFA class of 1997) 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, 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.


Twelve Heroes, Book 4, the final volume of The Elusive Spark series, will be published in 2022 by Harmony Ink Press. His most recent poetry book, Cryptopedia, was published by Nomadic Press, 2020.  About his YA/Teen GLBTQ2-S novel, How Do You Deal with a Dead Girl? (Big 23 Press), Kirkus Reviews raved: "An eerily amusing horror tale that will have readers rooting for the characters."

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.