About Derrick Harriell:
Derrick Harriell was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, but currently resides, with his wife and son, in Oxford MS where he teaches in the English and African-American Studies programs at The University of Mississippi. His poems have been widely published in numerous journals and anthologies. His first collection of poems, Cotton (Aquarius Press- Willow Books 2010), traces his southern familial roots. His most recent collection, Ropes (Aquarius Press- Willow Books 2013), won the 2014 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Book Award and is steeped in a historical conversation between heralded African American prizefighters Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Joe Frazier, and Mike Tyson.