I was honoured to be the guest speaker at The Alberta College of Art + Design’s 2015 Convocation11221301_10153288031866346_3824064715146837533_n; click the photo to listen to the entire speech (as recorded by Kristen Beaulieu from the audience)…

Pizza Poems for Reading Town 1[2]Calgary Reads, in an effort to promote literacy and reading, recently included local poems in every pizza ordered from Inglewood Pizza and Without Papers. Here is my inclusion in the series…

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This spring I am scheduled to teach an extended studies credit course at Alberta College of Art + Design:  ENGL217: Introduction to Narrative ENGL217 is dedicated to the exploration of the potential of found and crafted narrative – how narrative and story emerges from alternate media, is crafted by the the reader and how it can be a physical, graphic process-based activity. Students will create assignments in dialogue with Jonathan Ball’s Ex Machina, Jorge Luis Borges’ Labyrinths, Kate Briggs’ The Nabokov Paper, Sophie Calle’s The Address Book and Tom Phillip’s A Humument. The course is designed to push boundaries and explore the edges of the map and will include public-space work, discussions around the possibility of chose-your-own-adventures, digital text generation and embedded literature. extn_calendar_ss_15_Page_34 ENROLL TODAY!

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kern-derek-beaulieu-cover-front-feature“simultaneously charming and terrifying” the Cordite Review weighs in on KERN

kern-derek-beaulieu-cover-front-featureFrank Davey reviews KERN on the London Open Mic Poetry Night blog

The Mayor's proclamation of National Poetry Month

The Mayor’s proclamation of National Poetry Month

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Calgary Mayor Naheed nenshi reading Richard Harrison's 'Ode to the Saddledome" under an excerpt of my visual poetry suite "Every word"

Calgary Mayor Naheed nenshi reading Richard Harrison’s ‘Ode to the Saddledome” under an excerpt of my visual poetry suite “Every word”

"Every word" framed at Calgary's city hall

“Every word” framed at Calgary’s city hall

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The amazing folks at  Calgary Arts Development (CADA)

The amazing folks at Calgary Arts Development (CADA)

As Calgary’s Poet Laureate I was honoured to read an excerpt from Robert Kroetsch’s Seed Catalogue in Council Chambers on March 30, 2015. I also challenged members City Council to find and tweet images, phrases and fragments that they find poetic, using the hashtag #yycpoet. 

My visual piece “Every word” alphabetically compiles all the keywords submitted by attendees of the Mayor’s Luncheon. I rubber-stamped, by hand, every word from “Aboriginal” to “Volunteer” gathering the very words that our arts community identified as best representing the arts in Calgary. These are your words, placed into a visual choir of artistic support, a suite of images that turn each letter into an artistic moment. This suite will be on display here at city hall for the week – please take a chance to see what your community has identified as the strengths and calgarian arts.

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Calgary’s Mayor Naheed Nenshi recently proclaimed April as National Poetry Month, and Calgary is celebrating and recognizing poets, writers and libraries for their contributions to the identity and quality of life in our communities.

Earlier this year, Mayor Nenshi issued the Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge, encouraging mayors across Canada to have a local poet read a poem at the start of a Council meeting in March or April. The aim is to raise awareness and to celebrate poetry, writing, small presses and the contribution of poets and all writers to the rich cultural life in our country.

Thanks to the League of Canadian Poets, Dymphny Dronyk, the Poet Laureate sponsors and Calgary Arts Development for a great morning!

Metro takes interest in my forthcoming residency at Calgary’s Lougheed House…

Another view of my visual poem installed permanently on the walls of Fincham Court at Roehampton University … IMG_20150326_075003

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