Corinne Demas is the author of two collections of short stories, five novels, a memoir, a collection of poetry, two plays, and numerous books for children. She is Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College and a fiction editor of the Massachusetts Review.
She grew up in New York City, in Stuyvesant Town, the subject of her memoir, Eleven Stories High, Growing Up in Stuyvesant Town, 1948-1968. She attended Hunter College High School, graduated from Tufts University, and completed a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She lived in Pittsburgh for a number of years, teaching at the University of Pittsburgh and at Chatham College.
Her awards include:
Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, Fiction Winner 2015. (Read the Aesthetica Blog Interview)
ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award for Saying Goodbye to Lulu.
Finalist, Massachusetts Book Award 2001, The Disappearing Island.
PEN Syndicated Fiction Competition winner.
Lawrence Foundation Prize for the best story to appear in Michigan Quarterly Review.
Breakthrough Contest winner, University of Missouri Press.
2 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship.
She lives with her family in Western Massachusetts and spends the summer on Cape Cod. She is represented by Curtis Brown, Ltd.
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Corinne is pronounced Cuh-rin' (accent on the 2nd syllable, rhymes with win)
Demas is pronounced Dee'-miss (accent on lst syllable)
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