Derek JG Williams is an American poet, essayist, teacher, and editor.
He is the author of Poetry Is a Disease, forthcoming from Greying Ghost Press. Derek holds a doctorate in English and Creative Writing from Ohio University, and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where he won the Brian Rattigan and 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 while developing curricula for different organizations. He also works with individual clients via manuscript consultations and coaching to help them establish and realize creative goals, and he is an accomplished academic language editor and technical writer who has worked with scholars and researchers at numerous institutions and universities.
His poems and prose are most recently published or forthcoming in the latest Plume Anthology of Poetry, Superstition Review, Poet Lore, Bear Review, and Portland Review. He lives in Germany with his wife and dog.