Derek is a poet and parent of many. He is originally from Kansas, Michigan, California, Ohio, North Carolina, Japan, and Iowa (mostly Michigan), but has called Utah his home since 2003. He received his BA in English from the University of Iowa in 2003, his MFA in Poetry from the University of Utah in 2005, and his PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the U in 2011. Before arriving at Walden, he taught English and Creative Writing at the U, UVU, and Utah State University. He is the author of three books of poetry (Inconsequentia (2010), Thus & (2011), and Songs (2014)), and his poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, kids, cats and pug.