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Fiction Southeast Press '15
CJ Press 2019
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UWA Livingston Press '21
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CJ Press, October  2021

"From the opening page, Daren Dean propels the reader into his story and
never taps the brakes as his characters move toward an inevitable
reckoning. Dannie Gail Posey is the novel’s young heroine, and we cheer
her on as she navigates a violent world that seeks to entrap her even as
she dreams of escaping it. Roads confirms Daren Dean as an important
new voice in rural noir."

--Ron Rash, Author of The Caretaker, Serena, In The Valley, The World Made Straight, and others


Daren Dean is the author of seven books. His latest novel, SHELTER ME, is forthcoming from the University of West Alabama's Livingston Press in Fall 2025. A new story collection, The New Salvation, is also on the way in 2025 with CJ Press. He and his work have been featured in Bloom, Blue Bob Anthology, Bull, The Green Hills Literary Lantern, HuffPost, Louisiana Literature, Maryland Literary Review, and Ploughshares, among others. His historical novel, The Black Harvest, was nominated for the Pen/Faulkner, the W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction, Midlands Author Award, and shortlisted for the Missouri Authors Award. His last novel ROADS was a featured starred review in Kirkus Reviews. The Independent Fiction Alliance recently selected ROADS as one of the Top 25 indie books of 2023. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Lincoln University of Missouri. 
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