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

Chris Turnbull has embedded my visual poetry in the solar panels of Baxter’s Conservation Area…

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I’ll be reading in Lethbridge, Alberta on September 21st as part of Word on the Street … see you there!WOTS-logos-square-1

 

A limited edition print by Heather Huston and I was just released as a fundraiser for Alberta Printmakers’ Society. Created in a strictly limited edition of 40 copies, this print is also a part of Nuit Blanche Calgary. Order today and support APS!huston

I’m thrilled to have guest-edited MATRIX #99, The Calgary issue. On bookshelves soon & featuring an array of awesome Calgary-based authors and a cover by Connor Willumsen! calgary

photoI’m proud to announce that I have been named the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts‘s Lightbox Studio’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence.

During my residency, which will take place from Aug 19 through Oct 24, I will be working on a series of text-art pieces and hosting a number of events.

My tenure as artist-in-residence coincides with Nuit Blanche Calgary (for which Heather Huston of Alberta Printmakers Society and I are creating a series of limited edition silkscreen prints), Alberta Culture Days (for which I will be speaking at the Calgary Public Library) and some other great events to be announced soon…

The residency space will feature excerpts from my book-length visual projects FlatlandLocal Colour and Prose of the Trans-Canada. There will also be a number of manual typewriters which the public are free to experiment upon. Through-out my residency I will be working on a number of projects and welcome conversation…

My thanks to Natasha Jensen and everyone at the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts for this great opportunity.PoetLaureateLogo_0

LLAs Calgary’s Poet Laureate, I’m pleased as penguins to be hosting performances by Larissa Lai and Sarah Kelly!

Larissa Lai is the author of two novels (Salt Fish Girl and When Fox Is a Thousand), one book of poetry (Automaton Biographies) and co-author, with Rita Wong, of Sybil Unrest. Her most recent book is Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literary Production in the 1980s and 1990s (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2014). She has recently returned to Calgary and is the new Tier 2 Canadian Research Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.

Sarah Kelly’s one-woman band Tigerwing blends the human voice with technology to wind its way through the listener. She recently performed at Sled Island and is awesome.

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(free admission, donations welcome)

August 27, 7pm

LOFT 112

#112, 535 8 Ave SE

Calgary, Alberta

88_1ROMANESCOAs Calgary’s Poet Laureate, I’m happy as pie to host an evening of sound poetry and experimentation by Christian Bok and Ian Sampson!

Ian Sampson, briefly back in Calgary, is a PhD candidate at Brown University. He is currently working on a radical translation of Beowulf and is an amazing performer of jaw-dropping sound poetry and beatboxing. Damn.

Christian Bok is the author of Eunoia and Crystallography and a seriously scary manuscript-in-progress entitled “The Xenotext.” His sound poetry and performance is seriously atomic. Double Damn.

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(free admission, please buy a book)

August 22, 7pm

Pages Books on Kensington

1135 Kensington Rd NW

Calgary, Alberta

HHAs Calgary’s Poet Laureate, I’m pleased as potatoes to be hosting a reading by Helen Hajnoczky and Victoria Braun!

Helen Hajnoczky is the author of Poets & Killers (Snare Books). Currently living in Montreal, she is back in Calgary for just a short period. Helen Hajnoczky holds a BA(Hon) from the University of Calgary, where her research focused on contemporary feminist avant-garde poetics as well as an MA and an MLIS, both from McGill. Her work has appeared in filling Station, Matrix, NoD, Rampike, and Speechless magazines, as well as in a variety of chapbooks. She has served as assistant editor of NoD magazine, as poetry editor of filling Station magazine, and has been a weekly contributor to the literary blog Lemon Hound. Hajnoczky blogs at: http://ateacozyisasometimes.blogspot.ca/

Victoria Braun is the author of ‪#‎girlproblems‬ (89+/LUMA foundation) and a small leaflet from No press. Braun’s work navigates the private/public dichotomy, concerned with the relationship between the personal and political. Using personal experience and social media, Braun researches the social climate of her generation, gathering information regarding gender dynamics and intimacy. Braun is currently finishing her BFA at the Alberta College of Art and Design. #girlproblems can be found online here: http://poetrywillbemadebyall.ch/book/girlproblems/

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(free admission, donations welcome)

August 6, 7pm

LOFT 112

#112, 535 8 Ave SE

Calgary, Alberta

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