Derek JG Williams is an American poet and essayist.
He is the author of Poetry Is a Disease, forthcoming from Greying Ghost Press. Derek is a graduate of the MFA program at 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 with GrubStreet online while developing curricula for the organization. Derek's poems and prose are published or forthcoming in Poet Lore, DIAGRAM, Salamander, Plume, The Rumpus, Adroit Journal, New Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, and Pleiades, among others. He is a doctoral candidate in English and Creative Writing at Ohio University. He lives in Germany with his wife.
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