C. Derick Varn


615 S 12000 W
Salt Lake City, UT 84104

Author's Bio

I am a poet who works in a mixture of forms with way place and hybridity of identities shape and limits us in an increasingly globalized world. My first collection, APOCALYPTICS, is available for Unlikely Books. I have spent most of the last decade outside of the US: first in South Korea, then Northern Mexico, and then Egypt.
I have traveled over Turkey, Taiwan, parts of Japan, and Central America, and each has affected my poetic works in flora, fauna, and form. While the American South with its landscape and complicated and deeply oppressive history are often a backdrop to my poetry, the dialectical tensions between hope and darkness of our past as both individuals and as aggregate identities (racial, ethnic, multi-ethnic, regional, religious) inform my work. I currently edit for the journal, Former People, and podcast and edit for the non-fiction publisher Zero Books.

Publications & Prizes

Apocalyptics (Unlikely Books, 1980)
Prizes won: 

Frankeye Davis Mayes/Academy of American Poets Prize 2003 

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Harryette Mullen, Charles Olson, Michael Palmer, Ezra Pound, Claudia Rankin, Jon Penton, Dylan Kreiger, Oni Buchanan, Aise Berg, Andre Lorde, Geoffrey Hill, Laura Newbern, Anselm Berrigan, Alice Fulton, Nicanor Parra, Kathy Acker, Mark Fisher, Frederic Jameson, Ben Ramke, Terrance Hayes,

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Illness/Wellness, Teachers, Teenagers
Fluent in: 
Born in: 
Augusta, GA
Raised in: 
Macon, GA
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Last update: Jul 30, 2018