kern-derek-beaulieu-cover-front-featureJonathan Ball has reviewed Kern in the Winnipeg Free Press:

Derek Beaulieu’s Kern (Les Figues, 92 pages, $17) presents a suite of visual poems, crafted by hand using dry-transfer lettering, a non-computer process used “in graphic design, technical drafting and advertising from the early 1960s to early 1990s.” The resulting visual poems are intended by Beaulieu as “logos and slogans for… impossible businesses,” corporations that never existed, advertisements for inscrutable products.

While many of the poems seem precisely that, others sprawl like tentacled life forms — degraded, as if by age, rather than dated, frozen in a time that never was. Still others seem like maps of alien worlds, cities of language.

Beaulieu has a startling talent for producing letter patterns that seem somehow natural fits. Despite their stark artificiality, they seem somehow natural and inevitable. In this way, too, the poems operate like visual meditations on corporate transformation of our physical and psychic landscapes.

kern-derek-beaulieu-cover-front-featureOliva Niland at Neon Tommy reviews KERN:

Conceptualized as a collection of fictional logos, some of the “Kern”’s poems vaguely resemble shapes and words, making their interpretations perhaps a bit less obtuse, but for the most part, the poems are somehow both tightly designed and utterly abstract.

Beaulieu, a poet, editor, publisher and teacher at the Alberta College of Art + Design, has created a book, printed entirely in black-and-white, which still manages to be immensely visually engaging. Rather than relying on words and color, as traditional poetry or artwork typically would, “Kern” relies on variations in font face, weight and size to create unique messages and movements with letters, and occasionally numbers. The pieces have no titles, but are arranged in a sequence that begins with the most sparse, minimalistic poetry, gradually developing into pieces which entirely overtake the book’s final pages. 

I’m proud to have several pieces (both my own and those published by no press) featured in Annette Gilbert’s lovely new REPRINT APPROPRIATION (&) LITERATURE (Luxbooks, 2014) …

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„The New Sentence? The Old Sentence, reframed, is enough.” — Kenneth Goldsmith

Since the 1960s, writers have radically challenged the notion of originality and creativity in literature. They stopped writing new texts for their books and instead drew upon pre-existing books: canonical texts of world literature or intellectual history are transcribed by hand, edited, altered, alphabetically arranged or simply copied and republished under one’s own name. By now Appropriation Literature amounts to a critical mass that has generated its own tradition. The present anthology is the first to give an international overview of the phenomenon, presenting 126 books and projects by over 90 authors.

Annette Gilbert is a scholar in comparative literature at the Freie Universitaet Berlin and postdoctoral research fellow of the Volkswagen Foundation. Her main areas of research are experimental and avant-garde literature and art, materiality and mediality of literature, artists’ books, and interart studies.

10574148_756699277700271_7507697478183994998_nI’m honoured to have work in CLOSE TO HOME: AN ARTISTS’ BOOK SHOWCASE!

On Monday, November 17th between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm in the upstairs reading room of The Banff Centre’s Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, CLOSE TO HOME: AN ARTISTS’ BOOK SHOWCASE will feature a selection of artist’s books made and published in Calgary and Banff.

Access the reading room from the 2nd floor of the Kinnear Centre for Creativity & Innovation (KCCI).

This sampling will include items from: disOrientation Chapbooks, Second Wednesday Press, No Press, The Banff Centre, Walter Phillips Gallery, Mary Anne Moser, Jin-me Yoon, Ashok Mathur, Suzette Mayr, and many more!

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I am proud as punch to announce that my Alberta College of Art and Design ENGL215 students have just published:

NETWORKS: A SUITE OF RESPONSES TO JEN BERVIN’S NETS

In Networks, nineteen undergraduate art students reply and explore the poetic implications of Jen Bervin’s Nets (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2004). Each piece is accompanied by a short statement of artistic intent, allowing each artist to expand upon visuality. In this volume each contributor explores the boundaries of their own expectations: finding connection in chance, situating their work in dialogue and defining their practice as existing without a net. Including work by: JADDA TSUI | RUI GAO | LEAH KINCH | AUDREY BURCH | JEMMA VAN OSCH | LUKE PITCHFORD | CHANTAL GERVAIS | LAURA PRITCHARD | WEHKWAS DEROCHER | JEREMY KIMMETT | SAMANTHA BROTHERS | LYDIA MUGAMBI | NATALIE APPLEBY | JESSICA STEPHENSON | AINSLEY DACK | JULIAN JANOVCIK | XU SUN | EMILIE-JUSTINE MACPHAIL | SHANNON LEARDO

Compiled and edited by derek beaulieu.

48 pages, full-colour, perfect-bound

Copies of NETWORKS are now available for $3.41 + postage

photoBeaulieu, Derek and Gregory Betts, eds. Avant Canada: more useful knowledge.

Calgary: No press, November 2014. 98 copies.

A boxed edition with individual leaflets and chapbooks by Jordan Abel, Lillian Allen, Gary Barwin, Christian Bok, Jaap Blonk, Louis Cabri, Stephen Cain, Natalee Caple, Margaret Christakos, Carmen Derkson, Skawannati, Neil Hennessy, Karl Jirgens, Derek Knight, Jason Edward Lewis, Tanis MacDoanld, Shannon Maguire, Lee Maracle, Nicole Markotic, Steve McCaffery, Andrew McEwan, kevin mcpherson eckhoff, Michal Nardone, Julia Polyck-O’Niell, Katie Price, a.rawlings, Shane Rhodes, Lisa Robertson, Eric Schmaltz, Stephen Scobie, Ron Silliman, Natalie Simpson, Chet Singh, Christine Stewart, Fenn Stewart, Natalie Zina Walschotts, d’bi.young anitafrika and the editors.

Distributed free to contributors and registrants at the Avant Canada: artists, prophets and revolutionaries. (Brock University, Nov 5-7, 2014)

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I’m thrilled to announce that my ACAD ENGL216 students have just published:

Antiphon:
a suite of responses to Natalie Simpson’s Thrum

In Antiphon, seventeen undergraduate art students reply to the poetic implications of Natalie Simpson’s Thrum (Talonbooks, 2014). In Thrum Simpson explores how language “gapple[s] every filament twisting without wind” in a roiling boil of the everyday made strange. An “antiphon” is a call-and-response, choir-based form of chant and with Antiphon a choir of students add their artistic responses to the fray.
Each piece is accompanied by a short statement of artistic intent, allowing the artists to expand upon visuality.
In this volume each contributor explores the boundaries of their own expectations allowing language to be loosened from the need to mean in favour of a reveling in sound.
Including work by:
AYA ALLA HASSAN | DEREK DEBOER | MELANIE GAUDET | SAJE DAMEN | EMILY LIGHTHEART | AUDREY BURCH | SHELBY CHARLESWORTH | HAILEY MCLEAN | JUSTINE VAN ELSEBERG | TANISHA WESLEY | LEE HANASIEWICZ | LIAM KREUNEN | MICHELLE GUNST | MARIA MUNAR | MAEVE ORLADY | TAYLOR ROSE CHAPDELAINE | DANIELA OLAGARAY AMIEVA

Compiled and edited by derek beaulieu.

48 pages, full-colour, perfect-bound

Copies of Antiphon are now available for $3.41 + postage

recompI’m extremely proud to announce that my ACAD ENGL315 students have just produced

Re:Comp:
a suite of responses to Jordan Scott  + Stephen Collis’s Decomp.

In Re:Comp, thirty-two undergraduate art students explore the poetic implications of Jordan Scott + Stephen Collis’s Decomp (Coach House Books, 2013).
Each piece is accompanied by a short statement of artistic intent, allowing each artist to expand upon visuality. With Re:Comp, Collis + Scott’s book is a springboard for artistic response; a place to explore the implications of decomposition and recomposition. Across a variety of disciplines, the work in Re:Comp is a studied yet playful dialogue where art begets art. Including work by:
KAREN KRYZAN |SHERI SURKON | ZOEY CHILAND | KYLE GREEN | JASON COX | ANGUS HARDEN | SUSANNE AALTONEN | ERIN MCDONALD | MICHAELA KLASSEN | MASON GRAFF | NEVADA FREISTADT | C. ROSE KRUK | KELLIE FRANCES REID | HOLLY TOTTEN | AMANDA SALMON | NICOLE CHARLTON | KAT MACLEAN | VAUGHAN MCMILLAN | BRIANNA GLUSZAK | TONI NICOLE | KELLSEY RONAGHAN | BRENDAN SCHMIDT | DAN MCCARTNEY | TREY MADSEN | JOANNE TOWNSEND | KALEB ROMANO | ANGELA CORAM | TOMMI WATTS | STEPHANIE SANDERS |JOHN MAGUSS | GAYLE SUI | RYAN GAUDREAULT

Compiled and edited by derek beaulieu.
no press, 2014

76 pages, full colour, perfect-bound.

Copies of Re:Comp are available for purchase for $4.67 + postage here.

UK-based sound poetry choir Juxtavoices recently performed my visual poem “Helvetica” (which was created for the 2014 Textfestival in Bury, UK) on the stairwell of Sheffield Central Library Oct 11th …

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WordPoweredArt-2014_instagram(October 6, 2014 – Calgary, AB) Wordfest engaged Calgary’s poet laureate, derek beaulieu, and partnered with Pattison Outdoor Advertising to bring new forms of poetry into the everyday.

Word Powered Art presents a text-based poem by derek beaulieu to appear on digital billboards located along Macleod Trail and along Barlow Trail, beginning September 15 and leading up to the 19th annual Wordfest from October 14-19.

The artwork is randomly inserted in-between advertising with the aim of “interrupting” the unsuspecting audience with the power of words and story. A mockup of one of the locations and the original slide appears below.

Presented with support from Pattison Outdoor Advertising

146 Ave SE and Macleod Tr: Located deep in the heavily residential South-end of Calgary reaching downtown commuter traffic.

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Find derek beaulieu’s digital poem at the following locations:

Barlow Tr N/O Airport Rd
Barlow Tr N/O Airport Rd
Macleod Tr 100m S/O 146 Ave SE
Macleod Tr 100m S/O 146 Ave SE
Barlow Tr 30m N/O 114 Ave SE
Barlow Tr 30m N/O 114 Ave SE

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