Derek Berry : Champion of The UnSpoken Word
An interview about myself with Unspoken Word co-founder Khalil Ali.
Derek Berry is a novelist, poet, student, and activist born in Aiken, SC.
His first novel, “The Heathens and Liars of Lickskillet County“, will be published in Fall 2015 by PRA Publishing. He has published a poetry chapbook “Skinny Dipping with Strangers” and produced a spoken word album, “Perfect Nights“.
He organizes and co-hosts Charleston poetry show The Unspoken Word. He also coaches the Holy City Youth Slam Team.
You must write poetry about everything you can never tell your mother. – Derek Berry
How long have you been writing?
I began writing fiction around age 7. I began writing poetry at 12 when a girl broke up with me; at the time, the poetry featured a lot of blood, guillotines, and Darkness with capital D.
Word? When did your poetry start changing, or is [melancholy] a theme that follows most of your poetry?
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