C. Derick Varn is an emerging poet, professional teacher, and arm-chair theorist. He currently lives in Egypt, previously spent two years in Northern Mexico and three years in South Korea, but is originally from the deep South of the United States. He has worked as lecturer on English Literature, Composition, and Intercultural communication as well as a high school teacher in literature, writing, critical thinking and ethics. He is a freelance reader for Zero books. He lives with his partner, and a bunch of books, and writes at night.
C. Derick has written political and philosophical work for the (Dis)Loyal Opposition to Modernity and The North Star as well as various lost ‘zines in the 1990s and early 2000s, although he feels distant from this prior work on left-renewal, and while still in a some kind of a Marxist framework, he is very skeptical of what most people call “the left.” His other philosophical interests are virtue ethics, the philosophy of religion and secularity, and aesthetics. He was written for Unlikely Stories 2.0, and blogged irregularly for The Partially Examined Life blog. He co-hosted the Pop the Left podcast. with Douglas Lain from late 2012 to 2014 and has recently reappeared on supplements on both Diet Soap and Zero Squared. He also co-produces and co-hosts two other podcasts, Symptomatic Redness (on political economy, philosophy, and history), and Former People Speak (on culture and the arts). His poetry has appeared at Unlikely Stories 2.0, Full of Crows, Writing Disorder, Deuce Coupe, Rusty Truck, The Cartier Street Review, JMWW, Clutching at Straws, Union Station Magazine, Ann Arbor Review, Yes, Poetry, Xenith, Piriene’s Fountain, and elsewhere. C. Derick Varn has served as managing editor for the now defunct Milkwood Review, art editor for Unlikely Stories 2.o, managing editor for the The North Star, and was an editorial staffer for Arts and Letters: A Journal for Contemporary Culture in 2005-2006 and the Flannery O’Connor Review in 2005. He won the Frankeye Davis Mayes/Academy of American Poets Prize in 2003. He is the co-founder and currently the Poetry Editor and co-managing editor at Former People.