six 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 email@example.com or at 411 NE 22nd #21 Portland, OR 97232 USA…
featuring readings by a cross section of Calgary’s literati, the opening is an all day affair with readings every hour:
11am Barb Howard + Jani Krulc + Neil Scott
Noon Dale Lee Kwong + Jenny Sampirisi + Weyman Chan
1pm Naomi Lewis + Peter Oliva
2pm Emma Rouleau + Richard Harrison + Paul Zits
3pm Natalie Simpson
4pm Erin Moure + Derek Beaulieu
5pm Kris Demeanor + Sarah Tilley + Wakefield Brewster
Pages Books will be on hand selling books, and there will be snacks, drinks and a day of celebration — and its all free!
See you there!
“Helvetica”, my work created for the 2014 Textfestival in Bury (Greater Manchester), UK May 1-2, 2014. This piece, made by hand one letter at a time, was made directly on the walls of the Bury Art Gallery solely from examples of the typeface Helvetica…
The Canadian experimental poet derek beaulieu’s Helvetica is the most attention-seeking contribution to [...] a churning typographical extravaganza, applied directly to the gallery wall from ageing sheets of Letraset type, now hard to find. beaulieu’s wall poem defiantly faces a Victorian painting from the museum collection of Dante daydreaming, by Sir Joseph Noel Paton. According to Trehy, ‘the Festival is not about poetry, it’s not a poetry festival’, and a recent collection of beaulieu’s work is called Please, No More Poetry…
(David Briers, excerpted from Text Festival review, Art Monthly, issue no. 377)
As part of the announcement of my receiving the position of Calgary’s 2014-2016 Poet laureate, my concrete poem Prose of the Trans-Canada was projected on the side of the Calgary Tower…
(Calgary AB) – Calgary Arts Development and the Calgary Poet Laureate Selection Committee are pleased to announce the appointment of derek beaulieu as the 2014-16 Calgary Poet Laureate. The position was formally announced in Council Chambers at Calgary City Hall this morning, with outgoing laureate Kris Demeanor speaking about his experience as Poet Laureate. Demeanor also presented his legacy anthology, The Calgary Project: A City Map in Verse and Visual, to city councillors, and youth poet Emily Xu, who contributed to the volume, performed some of her poetry.
To celebrate beaulieu’s appointment, his concrete poem “Prose of the Trans-Canada” will be projected onto the Calgary Tower during the evenings of April 28 and 29. The 20-metre projection was adapted into an “illuminated light sculpture” by Wordfest in 2011.
A longtime resident of Calgary, beaulieu is the author of eight books of poetry, three volumes of fiction and one volume of literary criticism. For 17 years he has been developing poetic communities; he has mentored and promoted young and established writers as publisher/editor of housepress and No Press, and as a former editor of Calgarian magazines filling Station, dANDelion and Speechless. beaulieu has taught students from grade school to the post-graduate level and has won awards for his current teaching at the Alberta College of Art + Design. In 2013 Wilfrid Laurier University Press published Please, no more poetry: the poetry of derek beaulieu. He has performed and discussed poetry in Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, the UK and across North America. beaulieu’s poetry is internationally renowned as challenging, generative and dedicated to conversation.
As Calgary Poet Laureate, beaulieu will serve as an artistic ambassador for the citizens of Calgary from 2014-2016. A $10,000 honorarium is paid per year for the position, funded by six Calgary Poet Laureate Ambassadors (The Calgary Foundation, the Calgary Chamber, First Calgary Financial, FirstEnergy Capital, Transcanada and one anonymous donor).
“Calgary is world-renowned for having a thriving literary community and history. I am proud to be the the 2014-2016 Poet Laureate and to represent our city locally, nationally and internationally,” says derek beaulieu. “Poetry is the active, thoughtful engagement of language to describe and respond to our experience — I look forward to working with Calgary’s literary communities to share that engagement.”
“The enthusiasm we’ve seen for the Calgary Poet Laureate has been astonishing, from the support of Calgary’s private sector to the widespread interest in the capacity for poetry to inspire and build community,“ says Patti Pon, President & CEO of Calgary Arts Development. “On behalf of Calgary Arts Development and the citizens of Calgary, I would like to thank Kris for his service to the city during his time as Calgary Poet Laureate, and welcome derek beaulieu to the role. I look forward to witnessing how derek’s artistry will enrich our civic landscape over the next two years.”
A celebration to welcome the new Poet Laureate called “Parting Words/Starting Words” will be held at 7:00pm on April 29 at TELUS Spark (220 St. George’s Dr. NE). The event will feature presentations from both outgoing Poet Laureate Kris Demeanor as well as derek beaulieu, as well as other performers that will highlight the diversity within Calgary’s poetic community. Tickets are free and be reserved at YYCPoet.Eventbrite.com.
Photos are available at gallery.calgaryartsdevelopment.com (please note photo credits).
This 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.
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.
Photographs from “CORPUS 38”, the final exhibition of ENGL310: Visual Narrative at ACAD, Winter 2014 — artwork and performances by students featuring their creative interaction with visual narrative. Over the last few months we have studied avant-garde graphic novels, indecipherable encyclopedias, radical film, imaginary, unfolding narratives and more. A privilege to work with these creative and challenging gang!