Corinne M. Demas

Professor Emeritus of English
Fiction writing; the short story (genre); writing children's literature; twentieth-century British and American literature

Corinne Demas teaches courses in literature and creative writing. She is the author of twenty-eight books in a variety of genres. She's published four novels, two collections of short stories, a memoir, a collection of poetry, and numerous books for children, and edited an anthology of short stories. Her most recent books include the novel, The Writing Circle, and the YA novel Everything I Was. Her one-act play Blue Straw Hat, was produced in 2009 and 2011. Her children's books include the award-winning The Disappearing Island and Saying Goodbye to Lulu. She is a fiction editor of The Massachusetts Review



(Note: Publications before 2000 are under the name Corinne Demas Bliss)

  • Everything I Was (YA novel), Carolrhoda/Lerner, 2011.
  • The Writing Circle (novel), Hyperion/Voice, 2010. Paperback 2011.
  • The Donkeys Postpone Gratification (poetry collection), Finishing Line Press, 2009.
  • Great American Short Stories: From Hawthorne to Hemingway(Editor), Barnes & Noble Classics Series, 2004.
  • Eleven Stories High: Growing Up in Stuyvesant Town, 1948--1968 (memoir), State University of New York Press. September 2000.
  • What We Save for Last (short story collection), Milkweed Editions, 1992.
  • Daffodils or the Death of Love (short story collection), University of Missouri Press, 1983.
  • The Same River Twice (novel), Athenaeum, 1982.

Children's Books

  • Saying Goodbye to Lulu (picture book, illustrated by Ard Hoyt), Little, Brown, Spring, 2004.
  • The Boy Who was Generous With Salt (picture book, illustrated by Michael Hays), Cavendish Children's Books, Marshall Cavendish, 2002.
  • The Magic Apple (retelling of a Jewish folktale, illustrated by Alexi Natchev), Golden Books, 2002.
  • Nina's Waltz (picture book, illustrated by Deborah Lanino), Orchard Books, 2000.
  • If Ever I Return Again (middle-grade novel), HarperCollins. Spring 2000. French edition, Si Je Reviens, Bayard Jeunesse. Fall, 2002
  • Hurricane! (picture book, illustrated by Lenice Strohmeier), Cavendish Children's Books, Marshall Cavendish, 2000.
  • The Disappearing Island (picture book, illustrated by Ted Lewin), Simon & Schuster, 2000.
  • The Perfect Pony (leveled reader, illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers), Random House, 2000.
  • The Littlest Matryoshka (picture book, illustrated by Kathryn Brown), Hyperion Books for Children, 1999.
  • Snow Day (sequel to The Shortest Kid in the World, illustrated by Nancy Poydar), Random House, 1998.
  • Electra and the Charlotte Russe (picture book, illustrated by Michael Garland), Boyds Mills Press, 1997.|
  • The Shortest Kid in the World (leveled reader, illustrated by Nancy Poydar), Random House, 1995.
  • Matthew's Meadow (environmental fable, illustrated by Ted Lewin), Harcourt Brace, 1992. Voyager Books (paperback), 1997. Adapted for stage by the Regional Touring Theatre Company of Western Illinois University (produced Spring, 1994).
  • That Dog Melly! (picture book, illustrated by the author), Hastings House, 1981.

Selected Publications

Forty short stories published in a variety of literary journals and magazines including:

  • The Kenyon Review
  • The Southern Review
  • Glimmer Train
  • Shenandoah
  • The Virginia Quarterly Review
  • Harvard Review
  • Boston Review
  • Agni Review
  • Ploughshares
  • American Literary Review
  • Redbook
  • McCall's
  • Mademoiselle
  • Esquire

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