Derek Berry is the author of the novel "Heathens & Liars of Lickskillet County" (PRA, 2016). They are the founder of literary non-profit The Unspoken Word & co-host of the creative writing podcast Contribute Your Verse. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in BOAAT, Yemassee, Gigantic Sequins, Pidgeonholes, & elsewhere. They live in Aiken, SC & work at a Cold War Historic Curation Facility. In addition to winning a $250 honorarium, Funeral Speech will be included in the Emrys Journal, Volume 36.