Daren Dean is the author of the novel Far Beyond the Pale. He earned a B.S. In Interdisciplinary Studies and was an English Fellow at Central Methodist University. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in BULL (men’s fiction),The Green Hills Literary Lantern, The Oklahoma Review, Midwestern Gothic, Fiction Southeast, and others. His story "Bring Your Sorrow Over Here" was selected as Runner-up in Yemassee's William Richey Short Fiction contest by Judge George Singleton and appeared in the Spring 2012 issue. Another story, "Affliction," was a Finalist in the Glimmer Train Short Fiction Contest for New Writers. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Dean taught writing and literature at Mount Olive College, William Woods University, Westminster College, and the University of Missouri. In addition, he worked in scholarly publishing in the acquisitions and marketing departments at the University of Missouri Press before coming to LSU. He is currently working on a novel about the Civil War in Missouri, featuring such infamous historical characters as William Clarke Quantrill, Bloody Bill Anderson, Frank and Jesse James.
Area of Interest
Creative Writing, Southern Fiction, Grit Lit, Contemporary American Fiction, Composition. As an instructor at LSU he regular teaches classes in Creative Writing (English 2005), Composition (English 1001/2000), and literature (English 2025/2270)
Awards & Honors
"Bring Your Sorrow Over Here" was selected as Runner-up in Yemassee's William Richey Short Fiction contest by Judge George Singleton and appeared in the Spring 2012 issue.
"Affliction," was a Finalist in the Glimmer Train Short Fiction Contest for New Writers in 2012.
Nonfiction, interviews, and poetry have appeared in Missouri Life, Chattahoochee Review, Image, Ecotone, Story South, Bill and Dave’s Cocktail Hour, The Nervous Breakdown, and others.