Derek Berry : Champion of The UnSpoken Word

An interview about myself with Unspoken Word co-founder Khalil Ali.

Echo Chamberz


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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About Derek Berry

Derek Berry is a novelist and spoken word poet. Derek is the author of Heathens and Liars of Lickskillet County (PRA Publishing, 2016). He co-founded and organizes The Unspoken Word, a literary non-profit based out of Charleston, SC, which provides an intendent home for the poetic arts through regular readings, workshops, and community fundraisers. He is on the Executive Board of the Charleston Poetry Festival, the inaugural production of which will be Fall 2017. His work has appeared in The Southern Tablet, Cattywampus, Charleston Currents, Illuminations, RiverSedge, and other journals.He has performed in venues across the United States and Germany. He has worked as a photographer’s assistant, busboy, and bookseller. He currently works at a curation facility for Cold War History.

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