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.
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, 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.