Novelist. Poet. Gravedigger.
Derek Berry is a poet & novelist. They are the author of the novel “Heathens & Liar of Lickskillet County” (PRA, 2016) & the poetry chapbook “Skinny Dipping with Strangers” (2013).
They co-founded and organize 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. They are the current President. They are also the 2018-2019 Poet-In-Residence at the East Aiken School of the Arts.
They are on the Executive Board of Free Verse, the Charleston Poetry Festival. They are also serving on the 2018 Poetry Society of South Carolina Board as a Member-At-Large. They are the editor of Good Juju Review, an anthology of Lowcountry poets. They are also the co-host of the Contribute Your Verse Podcast & host of the intermittently-produced Digressions podcast.
Their poems & short stories can be found in Beloit Poetry Journal, Barely South Review, Landfill, The Water This Time: Anthology on Sea Level Rise in Charleston, BOAAT Journal, Pidgeonholes, Yemassee, Raleigh Review, The Broken Plate, Gigantic Sequins, Longleaf Review, Open Minds Quarterly, Jet Fuel Review, Running with Water Anthology, Blue Mountain Review, Glint Journal, museum of americana, Taco Bell Quarterly, Ki'n, Kakalak, Fall Lines, Lemonstar Magazine, armarolla, Rabid Oak, The Comet Poems Series, The Southern Tablet, Cattywampus, Charleston Currents, Illuminations, RiverSedge, Miscellany, and other journals. They are the 2018 recipient of the Patricia & Emmett Robinson Prize from the Poetry Society of South Carolina. They are also the recipient of the 2018 KAKALAK Poetry Prize & 2018 Emrys Poetry Prize. They have worked as a photographer’s assistant, busboy, and bookseller. They currently work at a curation facility for Cold War History.