Derek Streidl was born and raised in Ohio, in the greater Cleveland area. At age 22, Streidls' first short story, Have a Warm Stay, Sir, was published in The Mill; a literary journal ran by the English Department of his alma mater, Baldwin Wallace University. Much of his style is derived from heroes like Jack Kerouac and J.D. Salinger. He has published a chapbook as well as a short story and poetry collection in 2019. Streidl is also an associate member of the Academy of American Poets since 2015.
The Mad Ones is a collection of poetry exploring the trials and tribulations that often come with the up's and down's of relationships.
Sinner Like Me is a collection of short stories and poetry revolving around peoples’ obsession with sin in all its forms. Each piece searches to display this through dramatized scenarios involving addiction, greed, obsession, toxic relationships, hubris and more. Furthermore the book begs the question to the reader, can we really be saved by our sins rather than consumed by them?
When a young man affectionately nicknamed "Loverboy" awakes in a realm he knows cannot be Earth, he must find his way home through a series of stories, forests, poetry, singing ghouls and tall rosy giants to escape the fate of all us lonely socialites, the hopefulness romantics.
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