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


Daren Dean is the author of the novel Far Beyond the Pale, I'll Still Be Here Long After You're Gone: Stories, The Black Harvest: A Novel of the American Civil War, and This Vale of Tears. His latest novel ROADS is forthcoming in 2023. Dean did his undergraduate work at the University of Missouri and as an English Fellow at Central Methodist University. He earned his MFA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His work has been featured in Bloom, Bull, The Chattahoochee Review, The Columbia Tribune, Ecotone, Fiction Southeast, Flyover Country Literary Magazine, The Green Hills Literary Lantern, Huffpost, Kirkus Reviews, Louisiana Literature, Maryland Literary Review, Midwestern Gothic,  Ploughshares, StorySouth, Yemassee. His story "Affliction" was a Finalist in the Glimmer Train Short Fiction Contest for New Writers. His short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times.  In addition, The Black Harvest was recently shortlisted for the Missouri Author Award. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Lincoln University of Missouri. He now lives in Jefferson City Missouri with his wife, Cassie, and their children.

ROADS, A Novel, by Daren Dean Forthcoming from CJPress 2023

"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 Serena, In The Valley, The World Made Straight