Corinne Demas Writing for Adults

Corinne Demas Bibliography

Publications in 1999 and before are under the name Corinne Demas Bliss.
Publications in 2000 and after are under the name Corinne Demas.
Corinne Demas's papers are in the
Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections

in the library


Children's Books

Short Stories


Poetry   Plays



The Road Towards Home (novel), Lake Union, 2023.

Returning to Shore (YA novel), Carolrhoda Lab/Lerner, 2014.

Everything I Was  (YA novel), Carolrhoda Lab/Lerner, 2011. Paperback, 2012.

The Writing Circle (novel), Hyperion, 2010. Paperback, 2011.
German edition, Das Herz der Täuschung, Diana Verlag, 2012.

The Donkeys Postpone Gratification (poetry chapbook) Finishing Line Press, 2009.

Great American Short Stories: From Hawthorne to Hemingway  (Editor), Barnes & Noble Classics Series, 2004. Paperback, 2004.

Eleven Stories High: Growing Up in Stuyvesant Town, 1948--1968  (memoir), State University of New York Press, 2000. Paperback, 2002.

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.


Once There Was (picture book, illustrated by Gemma Capdevila), Cameron Kids/Abrams, 2023.

The Perfect Tree (picture book, illustrated by Penelope Dullaghan), Cameron Kids/Abrams, 2022.

The Grumpy Pirate, (co-author Artemis Roehrig, illustrated by Ashlyn Anstee), Orchard Books/ Scholastic,
June, 2020.

Do Jellyfish Like Peanut Butter? Amazing Sea Creature Facts (picture book, co-author Artemis Roehrig,
illustrated by Ellen Shi), Persnickety Press, April, 2020.

Do Doodlebugs Doodle? Amazing Insect Facts (picture book, co-author Artemis Roehrig, illustrated by Ellen Shi), Persnickety Press, 2018.

Are Pirates Polite? (picture book, co-author Artemis Roehrig, illustrated by David Catrow), Scholastic, 2016.

Does a Fiddler Crab Fiddle? (picture book, co-author Artemis Roehrig, paintings by John Sandford), Persnickety Press, 2016.

Here Comes Trouble! (picture book, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones), Scholastic, 2013.

Halloween Surprise (picture book illustrated by R. V. Alley), Walker & Co., 2011.

Pirates Go to School   (picture book illustrated by John Manders), Scholastic, 2011.
French edition, Pirates À L’École, Scholastic 2013.

Always in Trouble (picture book, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones), Scholastic, 2009.

Valentine Surprise (picture book, illustrated by R. W. Alley), Walker & Company, 2009. Paperback edition, 2010.

Yuck! Stuck in the Muck (leveled reader, illustrated by Laura Rader), Scholastic, 2006.  

Two Christmas Mice, Holiday House (picture book, illustrated by Stephanie Roth), 2005.

Saying Goodbye to Lulu, (picture book, illustrated by Ard Hoyt), Little, Brown, 2004. Paperback edition, 2009.

The Magic Apple (retelling of a Jewish folktale, illustrated by Alexi Natchev), Golden Books, 2002. Random House, 2004.

The Boy Who was Generous With Salt, (picture book, illustrated by Michael Hays), Cavendish Children's Books, Marshall Cavendish, 2002.

The Perfect Pony (leveled reader), Random House, 2000.

Nina's Waltz (picture book, illustrated by Deborah Lanino), Orchard Books, 2000.

If Ever I Return Again  (middle-grade novel), HarperCollins, 2000.
French edition, Si Je Reviens, Bayard Jeunesse, 2002.

The Disappearing Island (picture book, illustrated by Ted Lewin), Simon & Schuster, 2000.
Paperback edition, Off the Common Books/Levellers Press, 2011.
Anthologized in Imagine It!  Level 3, Book 2, SRA/McGraw Hill, 2008.

Hurricane!  (picture book), Cavendish Children's Books, Marshall Cavendish, 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, and Spring 2012).

That Dog Melly! (picture book, illustrated by the author), Hastings House,1981. 


"Thanksgiving,” Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology, 2014.
Winner of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award in Fiction, 2015.

“The Clock,” Notre Dame Review, No. 37 (Winter/Spring, 2014).

“Last Stars,” Notre Dame Review, No. 22 (Summer, 2006).

“After the Abernathys,” The Women’s Times, Vol. 7, No. 4 (August, 2005).

"In Memory of a Lovely Afternoon," The Kenyon Review, Vol. XXII, Nos. 3/4
(Summer, Fall, 2000). read this story online

"The Village," Notre Dame Review, No. 2 (Summer, 1996).
Reprinted in Notre Dame Review, The First Ten Years  edited by John Matthias and William O’Rourke, University of Notre Dame Press, 2009.

"Mirrors," American Literary Review, Vol. VI, No.1 (Spring, 1995).

"Certain Treacheries," Harvard Review, No. 3 (Winter, 1993).

"Learning Greek," The Southern Review, Vol.28, No.3 (July, 1992).

"In the Perfect Privacy of His Own Mind," Glimmer Train, Issue No. 2 (Spring, 1992).

"Luba By Night,"  Fiction, Vol. 10, Nos. 1 & 2 (Spring, 1991).

"Swimming to Albania,"  Shenandoah, Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring, 1991).

"The Other Side,"  The Agni Review, 28, (Spring, 1989).

"Small Sins,"  Columbia, Vol. 14, No. 4 (February--March, 1989).

"Birthday Card." Special Report: Fiction, (February--April,1989). 

"Forbidden Waters,"  The Virginia Quarterly Review, Vol. 64, (Winter, 1988). read this story online

"Breaking Trail,"  The Providence Journal Sunday Magazine, (December 15, 1988).

"Babylove,"  The Agni Review , 24/25 (Fall, 1987).
Reprinted in Birth, A Literary Companion, edited by Kristin Kovacic and Lynne Barrett , University of Iowa Press. (Fall, 2002.)

"The Dream Broker,"  Redbook, (July, 1987).

"The Cutting Edge of the Snow,"  O. Henry Festival Stories, 1987

"Memorial Day," (PEN Syndicated Fiction Competition winner)  San Francisco Chronicle (May 24, 1987);  St. Petersburg Times (May 30, 1987); Kansas City Star (June 12, 1988).
Produced by National Public Radio for NPR Playhouse:  The Sound of Writing II.

"What We Save for Last"  The Providence Journal Sunday Magazine, January 3, 1987,  New England Living, (December, 1990).

"Payment" (originally titled "Reparations")  McCall's, (August, 1986).

"Headlines,"  Michigan Quarterly Review, Vol. XXIV, No. 3 (Summer, 1985). (winner of the Lawrence Foundation Prize.)

"American Authors Incorporated,"  Fiction Monthly, Vol. 2, No. 10 (Summer, 1985).

"Separate Lives,"  The Agni Review, 22 (Spring, 1985). read story online

"Among the Lettuce,"  Cutbank 23, (Spring, 1985).

"Ears,"  The Boston Review, Vol. IX, No. 5 (October, 1984).

"Margaret, Are You Grieving?,"  Mademoiselle, (April, 1984).

"Consuming Passion," (originally titled "Pizza")  Mademoiselle, (February,1984).

"Third Street,"  The Boston Globe Magazine, (December 6, 1981).

"Lester Schwabb I, II, III, IV, V,"  Ploughshares Special Fiction Issue, (Fall, 1980).

"Roommates," (originally titled "Peter Rabbit")  Esquire, Vol. 93, No. 4 (April, 1980).

"Light Boat," The Madison Review, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring, 1979).

 "Mt. Kisco," The Old Red Kimona, Vol. VII (Spring, 1979).

"Secrets," Secrets and Other Stories by Women, Gallimaufry 14, 1979.

"Horse Throws Rider in Field,"  Newsart,  The New York Smith, Vol. 2, No. 5 (August, 1978).

"Daffodils or the Death of Love,"  The Agni Review, 9 (Fall, 1978).

"Rings," The Ohio Review, Vol. XVIII, No. 3 (Fall, 1977).

"McCaferty and Sons," Tales, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Fall, 1976).

"Mr. Lundy," Kansas Quarterly, Vol. 8, Nos. 3-4 (Summer--Fall, 1976).

"Slow Moose,"  Transatlantic Review, Nos. 53/54 (February, 1976).

"Traveling During Pregnancy,"  The Little Magazine, Vol. 8, Nos. 3-4 (Fall-Winter, 1975-76).

"Fly,"  Women Becoming, Vol. 2, No. 1 (February, 1974).

"Holy Grail,"  Fragments, Vol. XIV, No. 1 (1973).

"Winter-Tight Lodgings,"  Southern Humanities Review, Vol. 7, No. 4 (Fall,1973). 


The Bill Newman Show WHMP Radio interviews: April 12, 2018, November 30, 2016,  February 5, 2013.

WriteSpa TEEN podcast interview with Kendell Shaffer February 20, 2014.

“Rockstars of Reading Part 6:  Corinne Demas”  Podcast on Just One More Book!  Recorded 11/14/08.
Listen to Podcast

 “Arturo Vivante: a Conversation with Corinne Demas. March 21, 2008.” Videorecording.  The Wellfleet Public Library

"Off to College, Leaving the Tarantula at Home," commentary on “All Things Considered,” National Public Radio, November 24, 2004
Listen to Corinne's Commentary

“Author Snapshots” interview for “WGBY Reads” on-air literacy fair, WGBY TV, aired November 17, 2001.

“Coyotes,”  commentary on “All Things Considered,” National Public Radio, December 29, 2000.

 "New York & Co.", interview with host Leonard Lopate, WNYC Radio, New York City, September 18, 2000.

“Here and Now” interview  with Robin Young, WBUR Radio, June  26, 2000.

“Cape Cod Journal” interview with Bob Seay,  WOMR Radio, July 7, 2000.

Interview with Naomi Arenberg  WCAI/WNAN  Radio, July 27, 2000.


"Introduction to Ambrosia by Lee Upton", The Massachusetts Review, Working Titles, February 2016.

"How to Get the Most Out of a Writing Group," The Literary Digest: Chuck Sambuchino's Guide to Literary Agents Blog, April 18, 2011. Read Corinne's Guest Column

"An Author's Adventures in Clamming," The Huffington Post, August 4, 2010 Read Corinne's Article

Letter to the Editor, “Her So-Called Life (Fact-Checking Required.”) The New York Times, March 7,2008.

“Our Town,” Op-Ed, The New York Times, Sunday, September 3, 2006.

Letter to the Editor, response to "The Upscaling of Stuyvesant Town," The New York Times, February 18, 2001.

"An Accidental Utopia", The New York Times, Sunday, November 19, 2000.

Review of The Tales of Arturo Vivante, Harvard Review, Premier Issue (Spring, 1992). 

Short Review of  Even Now by Michelle Latiolais,  Seventeen, (December 1990).

"Coyotes,"  Columbia  (Summer 1990).

Short review of  Sweet Summer: Growing Up With and Without My Dad by Bebe Moore Campbell, Seventeen, (August, 1989).

"Against the Current: A Conversation with Anita Desai,"  The Massachusetts Review,  Vol. XXIX, No. 3 (Fall, 1988).
Included in Anita Desai: Critical Perspectives edited by Devendra Kohli   and Melanie Maria Just, Pencraft International, 2008.

"Older Mommies,"  Columbia, Vol. 14, No. 2 (November, 1988).

"Secrets, Power and the Polls,"  ("Private Lives" column)  St. Petersburg  Times, November 2, 1988

"The Final Indignities of An Author,"  Poets & Writers Magazine, Vol. 16,  No. 2, March/April, 1988.

"The Dillman Dogs," ("Private Lives" column)   St. Petersburg Times, January 27, 1988.

Review of  The Heroic Age, by Stratis Haviaras, The Boston Review, Vol. IX, No. 3 (June, 1984).

"Living Like Gypsies," Pittsburgh Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 10 (October, 1977).

"Going into a Trance,"  Pittsburgh Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 8 (August, 1977).

"Rediscovering the Broadway Limited,"  Pittsburgh Magazine, Vol. 8 No. 2 (October, 1977).

"Curl Up and Read," book review column,  Seventeen, (May, 1964).


“Bach on Zoom,”  Straw Dogs Writers’ Guild Pandemic Poetry and Prose: Writing in the Time of Corona  (July 20, 2020). Read the poem.

“The Pond Alone,” Turtle Island Quarterly (Spring, 2018).

“The House on North Lane, Hadley,” “Amherst Bear,” “Turkeys on the Track Near Mount Toby,” Compass Road, Poems about the Pioneer Valley, edited by Jane Yolen, Levellers Press, 2018. 

“Melon,” featured poem in Nourish the Body, Nourish the Soul: a Northampton “April is Poetry” Celebration, 2013

“The Donkeys Stand on the Manure Pile,” 5 AM,  Issue #29 (Spring, 2009).

“Smalls,” New England Watershed Magazine, June/July  2006.

"To You There in Dayton" and "Diaphragm Poem,"  Images, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Fall, 1977).

"Pact,"  Poetry &, Vol. 2, No. 1 (July-August, 1977).

"Blue Hole,"  Poetry &, Vol. 1, No. 11 (June, 1977).


"Furball's Furcut," Ladybug Magazine Vol. 2, No. 6 (February, 1992).


Blue Straw Hat,  a one-act, one-woman play.
Produced 2008—2009 at Mount Holyoke College, Amherst Cinema Arts Center, Wellfleet Public Library, Cape Repertory Theatre.
Produced 2011 at Dynamite Space, Thornes Market, Northampton; the Doubletake Fringe Festival, Greenfield, MA.

Family Business, a full-length, four-character play.
Dramatic reading  Fall, 2011 at Mount Holyoke College.