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 www.jonnysangels.wordpress.com. 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.

photoNo Press is proud to announce the publication of

Ulysses by Jacqueline Valencia.

Published in a limited edition of 50 copies (only 25 of which are for sale), Ulysses is available for $3.50 including domestic postage (+ $1 non-Canadian postage). To order please email derek beaulieu.

On Dec 9, 2013 Jacqueline Valencia started handwriting – with spontaneous illustrations – the entirety of James Joyce’s Ulysses. The results are posted daily on gettinginsidejamesjoyceshead.blogspot.ca. Gathering the first 4 pages of Valencia’s obsessive practice, this edition of Ulysses claims the manuscript as Valencia’s.

Toronto-based poet, writer, and film critic Jacqueline Valencia earned her Honours BA in English at the University of Toronto (Literature major, Cinema Studies minor). Jacqueline is currently a freelancer, Assistant Editor at Beyond Borderlands, founding editor of These Girls On Film, and a film journalist and senior staff film critic at Next Projection.

photoNo Press is proud to announce the publication of

Daisy Knell by Ken Hunt

Published in a limited edition of 40 copies (only 20 of which are for sale), Daisy Knell is available for $2.00 including domestic postage (+ $1 non-Canadian postage). To order please email derek beaulieu.

This poem isolates letters from page 98 of NASA’s voice transcription of the Apollo 11 moon mission, uncovering (in sequential order) the musical notes of two chorus lines from Harry Dacre’s “Daisy Bell” (“A Bicycle Built for Two”). These chorus lines famously appear as the death knell of the computer HAL in Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Ken Hunt is the author of Space Administration (89+/LUMA Foundation, 2014). For three years, Ken served as editor of NōD Magazine, the University of Calgary English department’s publication of undergraduate prose, poetry, and visual art. In 2010, Ken co-founded The Scribe and Muse, a University of Calgary club that promotes writing and literacy, offering a free peer-editing service to students across all faculties. Ken lives in Calgary.

Pedagogie-et-Pratiques-canadiennes-en-creation-litteraire650I’m honoured to have been awarded the CCWWP/PPCCL Robert Kroetsch Teaching Innovation Award for my work at Alberta College of Art + Design. Thank you so much, I’m thrilled.

beaulieu PL - neighbours may 15 2014Neighbours, an insert in The Calgary Herald, takes note of my appointment as Poet Laureate of Calgary. I’m honoured that the local and national media has been so intrigued by my appointment.

Roehampton University: “PhD student named Calgary’s Poet Laureate“;

The Calgary Herald: “Calgary’s New Poet Laureate: Derek Beaulieu“;

CBC News Calgary: “Calgary names derek beaulieu as poet laureate“;

CKUA Radio’s artbeat;

Metro News Calgary: “New poet laureate to be welcomed with 20-metre projection on Calgary Tower“;

Avenue Calgary: “derek beaulieu Named Calgary’s 2014-2016 Poet Laureate“;

The Calgary Sun: “Calgary’s new poet laureate Derek Beaulieu introduced“;

Global Calgary: “Calgary Poet“;

CBC Calgary Homestretch (Radio);

Calgary News 660: “Calgary names its newest poet laureate” (Video);

FFWD: “Arts Seen – week of May 1, 2014“;

Montreal Gazette: “New Calgary Poet Laureate Derek Beaulieu’s concrete poem Prose of the Trans-Canada will be featured on the Calgary Tower on April 28 and 29“;

Calgary Public Library Writer’s Nook: “Meet the New Poet Laureate

  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 jcclinefelter@gmail.com or at 411 NE 22nd #21 Portland, OR 97232 USA…

Loft112_poster_11x17_small copyThe Grand Opening of LOFT112 is this coming Saturday MAY 10th!

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!

helvertica“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)

Calgary Tower Prose Calgary Tower Prose 2014As 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…

PoetLaureateLogo_0(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).

Further Information
Cadence Mandybura
Communications Liaison, Calgary Arts Development
Phone: 403.264.5330 ext. 201 (office); 403.585.5390
Email: cadence.mandybura@calgaryartsdevelopment.com

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