About the author

I’m a 7’9″ male. I like to fly kites and drink fine wine. At the same time.

I’m a haiku enthusiast. Even the Japanese kind.

Other hobbies of mine include new-age banjo music, shark-jumping, bare-knuckle boxing with bears, the flugal horn, beet cultivation, ab-building, bacon artistry, professional corn-holing, self-pity, base jumping, polar bear dipping,  salsa dancing, bus riding, saving African children from various diseases and wild carnivorous plants with my bare hands, and Sudoku puzzles.

Okay… I admit. I lied about the Sudoku. I suck at Sudoku.

Official Biography:

Derek Berry hosts and organizes Charleston youth-centered poetry movement The UnSpoken Word which features a variety of upcoming and established slam poets in various Charleston venues. He also performs in venues and competes in slams across the US.

He is a spoken word poet, a photographer’s assistant, and a Political Science student at the College of Charleston. He worked as a journalist and columnist for Verge magazine for two years based out of Augusta, GA. He has been performing as a spoken word poet for four years in various cities. He has published in the 2011 and 2012 editions of the Poetry Matters anthology and published short fiction with The Inkling. He was the first winner of the 827’s Holy City Slam.

Derek recently published his first chapbook Skinny Dipping with Strangers and released his first spoken word album Perfect Nights, produced by Smohn Jith Studios.
The publication of his novel is also forthcoming.

Subscribe now… and catch up on the fun adventure on which I will embark (likely to Jupiter).

  1. Your “biography” made me laugh, and I needed a laugh today. Followed! Look forward to reading more of your stuff.

    Louise 🙂

  2. I’m subscribing, but only because I’m interested in beet cultivation.

  3. Keep up the great work!

  4. Hi Derek,

    I just nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you for your wonderful blog. I believe in your talent and will be keeping an eye out for your name on the shelves of bookstores.


  5. Haha, I absolutely love your blog, and I came here to tell you that I was nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award…but lo-and-behold, you were nominated in the comment above! But, I do really enjoy your writing and I still want to share your blog on mine, so, Derek, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! 🙂

  6. Hi Derek,

    I looked for an email address to contact you but couldn’t find one. I’m wondering if you’d be interested in writing a guest post for my blog, Dodging Commas?

    Happy writing!


  7. And this wonderful display of insanity is why I prefer writers to all other people.

  8. Hey just wanted to say, you’re a great writer! I really enjoy reading your posts. Your blog is a whimsical and entertaining read.

  9. ah, creativity thy name is Derek–great intro

  10. You might like my friend Kiki. KikiKickass.wordpress.com Though she has a cat. Kitty Kickass.

  11. 최다해 gongjumonica

    Oh, fun! Nice blog by the way 🙂

  12. This has got to be the best “about the author” I’ve ever read! Good stuff 🙂

  13. My Crazy NY Post-Grad Life

    This. Is. Awesome.

  14. “On this blog, I’ll be cataloging the epic journey from manuscript to novel (hopefully) and along the way, posting funny/important posts concerning writing, the publishing industry, and the daily life of Derek Berry. Which never fails to excite.”

    This. Woot. The joy in finding like-minded-bloggers ish.

  15. Just followed your blog! I mean, how could I not? It is simply wonderful and I will always check back. Keep up the good work 🙂

  16. Derek,
    I read the piece on you and your writing this morning in the “Aiken Standard” (why won’t this thing let me use italics?) with great interest. Congratulations on your continued success in the literary world!
    J. Saine

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