Derek JG Williams is an American writer, teacher, & editor. He holds a doctorate in English & Creative Writing from Ohio University, & an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where he won the Brian Rattigan & Mary Doyle Curran Creative Scholarships. He is a Blacksmith House Emerging Writer. His poem, "These Kingdoms of Ours" was a finalist for RHINO Magazine's Editors Prize. Brenda Shaughnessy selected his poem “Ode to the Tongue” for inclusion in the Best New Poets anthology. His writing has appeared on Boston's MBTA trains as a part of the city's Poetry on the T program. Derek teaches writing courses online. He also works with individual clients to help them establish & reach their creative goals, & he is an accomplished academic language editor & technical writer who has worked with scholars & researchers at numerous institutions & universities. He lives in Germany with his wife & dog.
In his wildly relatable chapbook, Williams carjacks the reader and fearlessly drives them through the backroads of every poet's [and writer's] psyche. Poetry Is A Disease is a treatise on that ageless chasm that exists in every poet's mind: what do we want to say and how do we want our words to be remembered? If poetry is indeed a disease, this book is the reassuring, soothing salve. A limited edition release from Greying Ghost Press. 8x6 staple-bound chapbook printed on high quality copier paper with 100lb French cardstock covers using archival ink. Learn more about Poetry Is A Disease.