Derek Trumbo was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to proud parents who encouraged him to read voraciously. He received his G.E.D. in prison and “rejoiced” when the Voices Inside/Out Program introduced him to writing and the PEN American Center.
He is a previous PEN award winner (1st place Drama 2013) who seeks to substitute creativity for frustration; replace anger with hard work and find peace and acceptance through writing. As a member of Voices Inside, and with the help of mentorship from PEN he realizes that his story counts.