ANDREW DEMCAK is an award-winning poet who has been widely published and anthologized both in print on on-line. His poems/books have been featured recently at The Best American Poetry, Juked!, MiPOesias, The Pebble Lake Review, elimae, The American Poetry Journal, and Pearl Magazine. His latest book of poetry is Zero Summer (BlazeVOX [books], NY 2009.) His first poetry book, Catching Tigers in Red Weather (Three Candles Press, 2007), won the Three Candles Press Open Book Award. 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 poem “Handhold (for a Zygote)” won Goodread’s Newletter Poetry Contest and was sent out to over 2 million Goodreads users. His poetry, including the poem “Young Man With iPod” (Poetry Midwest, #13), is taught at Ohio State University as part of its English 110.02 class, “The Genius and the Madman.” At the age of 21, Andrew published his first chapbook, The Psalms (Big 23 Press, 1991), which was favorably reviewed by Dr. Clifton Snider in the Small Press Review (issue 226, vol. 23, no. 11.) When he is not hard at work as a Children’s Librarian for Oakland Public Library, he can be found shopping for vinyl kaiju at Japan Town in San Francisco with his partner, Peter. Viva Wallace Stevens! Visit Andrew at: www.andrewdemcak.com.