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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 …


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.


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


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:

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:


(free admission, donations welcome)

August 6, 7pm

LOFT 112

#112, 535 8 Ave SE

Calgary, Alberta

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imagesMy brother-in-law Jon  was diagnosed with Kidney disease in 2001 and began peritoneal dialysis in early 2013. The road is long and his health – like so many people with Kidney Disease – is precarious.

On the weekend of September 5, 2014 , my wife Kristen (Ingram) Beaulieu is participating in The Kidney March with her aunt and cousin. Kristen will be walking 100 kilometres over three days from Kananaskis Country to Calgary with hundreds of other courageous people to raise money to fight kidney disease. The net proceeds from the event will support non-profit kidney health programs in every region of the country and cutting-edge medical research on kidney diseases at leading academic institutions. The Kidney Foundation, a registered charity, will award grants to these types of organizations.

As part of this fundrasier, Kristen as created Please check it out to learn more about the March. There is also a donation page on the site in hopes you may make a fully tax-deductible pledge to help us meet Kristen’s fundraising goal of $2800.

Kidney disease can strike anyone at any age. 1 in 10 Canadians have kidney disease, with millions more at risk.  It’s a silent killer; most people don’t know they have it until their kidneys are near failure. Once that happens, it’s a fight for survival.

Please do consider donating in support of Jonny’s Angels and the Kidney March.

  6 ways 36 ways 16 ways 2six ways to ruin your day — each copy carefully handtyped (in two colours) and assembled by Jim Clinefelter at press-press-pull press. copies are available for US$15 from Jim Clinefleter. To order contact Jim at or at 411 NE 22nd #21 Portland, OR 97232 USA…

img_1798This broadside is printed using a variety of both lead and wooden type on BFK Rives fine paper, in a limited number of 40 editions, each consisting of 3 separate sheets contained in a folio. Numerous typefaces have been used, including Bernhard Medium, Bodoni, Caslon Old Style, Century, Franklin Gothic, Futura, and Piranesi Italic.

Printed by Trisia Eddy at Edmonton’s Red Nettle Press, this edition is now available for order in a strictly limited edition of 40 copies.

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from SIGINT by Ken Babstock

Published in a hand-bound edition of 80 copies (only 40 of which are for sale), from SIGINT is available for $3 including domestic postage (+ $2 non-Canadian postage). To order please email derek beaulieu.

These sonnets “occur” inside the abandoned NSA Surveillance station on the summit of Teufelsberg (Devil’s Mountain) in Berlin, Germany. A manmade mountain, Teufelsberg is the result of the Allies’ decision to pile massive quantities of the postwar rubble of Berlin on top of an SS Engineers’ College, designed by Albert Speer, and left unfinished after the war. The poem makes use of diction adapted from Walter Benjamin’s records of his son’s language acquisition between the ages of 2 and 6. The italicized “incident reports” that appear in lieu of a traditional sonnet’s closing couplet point to collisions between light aircraft and common swifts in what would have been Soviet air space.

Ken Babstock’s first collection in 1999, Mean, won him the Milton Acorn Award and the 2000 Atlantic Poetry Prize. Babstock worked as Poetry Faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts and currently lives in Toronto. Babstock’s collection, Airstream Land Yacht, won the Trillium Book Award, was shortlisted for the 2007 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize, and was nominated for the 2006 Governor General’s Award for poetry. Babstock’s most recent collection, Methodist Hatchet, won the 2012 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize.


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