Project Bookshelf: Darren C. Demaree


My bookshelf is tucked into the wall of our living room.

My bookshelf is five shelves tall. The top three shelves are filled with poetry collections. I have a collection of Vladimir Nabokov books in my bedroom, a few non-fiction books and novels in the basement, but these three top shelves are all poetry collections. As you can tell they are almost full, which means I will need to be creative with the next year’s additions. The second shelf from the bottom is all hard copies of literary journals I’ve been included in. Resting on top is the new Colorado Review, for which I just received my contributor’s copies this week. The bottom shelf is for kid’s books only. Included on that shelf is my favorite, Neil Gaiman’s “Crazy Hair”.

The mess surrounding the shelves, sometimes taking over the shelves, includes many toys, a pink baseball glove, Brian Oliu’s two books (which I am re-reading right now), and a revolving lineup of art. Placing a piece of art on the wire that runs the length of the fall to the bookshelf is the highest honor awarded to a member of my family. I only make it on to the line when I have a new book come out, and even then I am only given a day for each new publication. So far I’ve had two days that were full of glory and much preening on my part, and I’m already looking forward to my next book day in 2015 when “Not For Art Nor Prayer” comes out.

Darren C. Demaree is the author of As We Refer to Our Bodies (2013, 8th House), Temporary Champions (2014, Main Street Rag), and Not For Art Nor Prayer (2015, 8th House). He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.

New SAFTAcast Features Sundress’s Own Darren C. Demaree


The SAFTAcast, a part of the Sundress Academy for the Arts, is pleased to announce that it will feature Darren Demaree in an upcoming episode. This new episode and all previous episodes and promos are available for on iTunes for free download and can also be found on the podcast’s blog on

SAFTAcast prides itself on being a writer’s podcast that is not about writing. In fact the subject of writing is immediately ruled out as a possible conversation topic. These programs are more focused on learning about the creators as opposed the creation. This often inspires candid and no-pressure conversations about whatever may be on their minds. Host Scott C Fynboe brings an electric charge to the program with witty insights that spur on guests and eccentric promos for each upcoming episode. Scott C Fynboe is a former radio disc jockey from upstate New York. He received a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern Mississippi and currently lives and teaches on Florida’s Treasure Coast

Guests on the SAFTAcast range from Sundress Publications authors or, in the case of Demaree, more widely published poets and writers from around the country. The feature with Demaree will include his interests in country music, celebrity encounters, and the personalities of writers.

Darren C. Demaree is the author of “As We Refer to Our Bodies” (2013, 8th House), “Temporary Champions” (2014, Main Street Rag), and “Not For Art Nor Prayer” (2015, 8th House). He is the Managing Editor of The Best of the Net Anthology. He is currently living with his wife and children in Columbus, Ohio.