While musings on memes, celebratory posts about publications, and recaps of cool events have dominated my Facebook feed for the past year, I have neglected the blog I started at age sixteen. But with the upcoming release of my new poetry book (did I mention I’m coming out with another book?!), I want to return to my roots.
Here you’ll find unpublishable diatribes about writing, links to interviews, and more. & with a brand new, cleaner look not reminiscent of the middle school emo phase.
So what’s happened since 2017?
1.I’m releasing a new book of poetry!
PRA Publishing will be producing my second chapbook of poetry, as of yet untitled, in Fall 2018. This means I’ll be reading from the book often and uploading videos to my personal Youtube channel, which you can find here. I will also be attending festivals, reading at poetry events, and rocking stages across the country. You can find more about those dates on my website DerekBerryWriter.com. More info is forthcoming.
2. I’m co-hosting a podcast Contribute Your Verse!
My poet friends & I often have long, funny, insightful conversations about poetry, the state of the publishing world, and community poetry. We’ve decided to record these conversations and make them available for people to listen. I’ll be speaking every two weeks with Loren Mixon & Matthew Foley (click the names to find their info) about subjects ranging from open mics poetry tours, self-confidence, self-publishing, our favorite books, and more. Contribute Your Verse focuses on emerging wordsmiths and their thoughts on craft, community, and careers in writing. You can find us on Itunes, Stitcher, & Soundcloud.
3. I’m speaking at TEDxAugusta!
I have been wanting to give a TED Talk ever since I first saw poets rock the stage. Now I’m involved with an awesome locally-curated event called TEDxAugusta. I’ll be reading a brand new poem on February 3rd at the Miller Theatre. You can find tickets here.
4. The Unspoken Word is now a non-profit!
After significant paperwork, we became approved for 501(3)c status. We also snagged our first grant through Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant. If you want to read more about our mission in Charleston, click here, and if you want to send us a tax-deductible donation, you can do that HERE.
5.The Unspoken Word is releasing a literary magazine!
Vol. 1, issue 1 of Good Juju Review drops this March! The journal drops in March 2018 and features some of the most dynamic voices from the Lowcountry. I had the pleasure of editing and curating the journal, which we hope will cultivate the growing careers of Charleston writers.
6. We’re writing poems at Food & Wine Festival!
The Unspoken Word will be providing poets to write Typewriter Poems at the Food & Wine Festival. We have been sharpening our poetic swords each week at the Farmer’s Market since the 2017 Free Verse Festival. We’re returning for the Food & Wine Festival on March 1st-March 3rd.
7. I’m reading on a panel at the Deckle Edge Festival!
I’ll be reading as part of a panel on Spoken Word Poetry at the Deckle Edge Festival, Columbia’s premiere literary festival. More info forthcoming.
If you want to keep up with all the awesome projects I’m involved with, go “like” my page on Facebook to learn more.