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 independent home for the poetic arts through regular readings, workshops, and community fundraisers. He is the current President. He also founded the Pass the Mic Initiative, a youth-centered program to cultivate self-expression and critical engagement through spoken word & hip hop.Β 

He is on the Executive Board of Free Verse, the Charleston Poetry Festival, the inaugural production of which will be Fall 2017. He is the editor of Good Juju Review and co-host of the Contribute Your Verse Podcast.

He has been featured in The Post and Courier, The Aiken Standard, Verge, The Charleston City Paper, Charleston Grit, Charleston Currents, Β The Echo Chamber, Indie Scoop, and other news venues. As founder of The Unspoken Word, he has worked alongside the Charleston Music Hall to produce Word Perfect (2014) and the MUSC Alliance for Equality to produce Speak Up: Poetry and Dialogue on Social Justice (2016).

He has also been a featured poet at TEDxAugusta.

His work can be found in The Water This Time: Anthology on Sea Level Rise in Charleston, The Southern Tablet, Cattywampus, Charleston Currents, Illuminations, RiverSedge, Miscellany, 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.


36 thoughts on “Bio

  1. 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.


  2. 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! πŸ™‚

  3. 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!


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

  5. “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.

  6. 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 πŸ™‚

  7. 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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