Andrew Demcak was born on September 23, 1968 in Silver Spring, Maryland. Andrew Demcak is a critically acclaimed novelist and poet. He writes YA novels for LGBTQ+ youth along with flash fiction/prose poems.

Andrew Demcak has lived in the Oakland area since the mid-1990s. He began working for the Oakland Public Library in 1996 and has been there ever since. He is currently a Senior Collection Development Librarian at the Oakland Public Library. There appears not to be much available information regarding why Andrew moved to the Bay Area, but after going to St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, his work took him to Oakland, where he eventually settled down. He now lives with his husband Roland and their three cats, Cindy, Woji, and Delta.

Andrew Demcak had received an MFA in English/Creative Writing at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California. While he was attending St. Mary’s he studied with Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Michael Palmer, and Sharon Olds. Andrew has traveled around the country and the world sharing and learning about writing.

Andrew Demcak has been writing all of his life. His first YA novel, Ghost Songs, was published in 2014. His first literary novel, If There’s a Heaven Above, was published in 2013 and his first book of poetry, Catching Tigers in Red Weather, was published in 2007. In 2007, after he had published Catching Tigers in Red Weather, it won the Three Candles Press Open Book Award according to his biography on the St. Mary’s College website. Catching Tigers in Red Weather is an incredible poetry collection that touches on sexuality and the human condition in a delicate and profound way.

Haunts:

  • Oakland Public Library, Main Branch, 125 14th St, Oakland, CA 94612. Andrew Demcak currently works at the Oakland Public Library and can be found there reading and helping keep the books in order. He has worked here since 1996 and it doesn’t look like he’s stopping anytime soon! Andrew has repeatedly expressed a strong love for the library in interviews and for reading books, which can be accessed on his website.
  • Berkeley Public Library, Claremont Branch, 2940 Benvenue Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705. Andrew Demcak has a close relationship with the Berkeley Public Library since he was working here before moving on to the Oakland Public Library. In September 2018, Demcak was a part of a book reading at the library.
  • Dog Eared Books, 489 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114. Andrew Demcak has done a number of book readings and signings here over the past few years. It is a cute little book shop that has been labeled a cultural touchstone. It is an incredible place and a small business that seeks to promote local artists and books.

~ by Siena Parrish ~

External Links:

http://www.andrewdemcak.org/ – Andrew Demcak’s personal website

https://www.stmarys-ca.edu/andrew-demcak-mfa-poetry-97 – Andrew’s biography on his alma mater’s website: St. Mary’s College

https://www.jscottcoatsworth.com/author-spotlight-andrew-demcak/ – Interview with Andrew Demcak

https://hoodline.com/2016/10/valencia-street-s-dog-eared-books-receives-legacy-business-status – About Dog Eared Books

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