I will be delivering the Learning Sciences Brown Bag Lecture at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary on November 4th (12:00-1:00, room EDT826). Thank you very much Pratim Sengupta, Research Chair of STEM Education for the invitation…

Reading/Writing as an Artistic Practice

Building upon his novels flatland: a romance of many dimensions (2005) and Local Colour (2008), Derek Beaulieu has completed a a novel, an erasure-based translative response to Andy Warhol’s controversial masterpiece. Warhol’s a a novel favours faithful transcription over plot, chance over predicted composition, and a consideration of a novel’s precepts over its actual content. a a novel mines writing for an inter-disciplinary musicality which reflect the urban environment, which foregrounds a complex of non-narrative sounds embedded within our conversations. Giving every page—and his entire oeuvre—online for free, Beaulieu’s translation is a playground for generative response. In this talk, Beaulieu will illustrate the work of art, and through this painting, argue how reading and writing can be (and perhaps more provocatively, should be) re-imagined as artistic practice.

Derek Beaulieu is the author of 8 collections of poetry, 4 collections of fiction and 2 collections of essays. Beaulieu co-edited bill bissett’s RUSH: what fuckan theory (with Gregory Betts), Writing Surfaces: fiction of John Riddell (with Lori Emerson) and The Calgary Renaissance (with rob mclennan). Beaulieu has received 5 teaching awards, including the Robert Kroetsch Teaching Award from the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (ccwwp) and was Calgary’s 2014-16 Poet Laureate. Beaulieu has exhibited his artwork across Canada, the United States and Europe. He was recently named the first recipient of the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts Celebrated Alumni Award in recognition of his community service, teaching and artistic practice.

Flat Singles Press – a small press dedicated to printing on found and reclaimed paper, has just printed a visual poem of mine in an edition of 10, all made on old envelopes … thanks Joe! fullsizerender fullsizerender3

img_2597 img_2598 img_2617 img_2610 img_2615 img_2609I am honoured that one of my visual poems has been spray-painted in the plaza next to Calgary’s Pages Books!


Spray-painted in special bio-degradable ink, this stencil will only be visible when it rains (let’s hope for a rainy autumn), the rest of the time it will be unapparent underfoot. The YYC LITERARY SIDEWALKS initiative, funded and spearheaded by Rosemary Griebel at the Calgary Public Library and Shelley Youngblut at Wordfest will eventually bring 11 different stenciled literary moments to Calgary’s streets …

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-3-05-54-pmMount Royal University has a wee write-up on the Carriage Station: Print History Workshop that i’ve founded with Richard Harrison and Kit Dobson …



cvkmzhzvuaaitqzHelp celebrate the publication of THE CALGARY RENAISSANCE!

December 2nd 7:00pm at Pages Books!

Featuring readings by

(and many more — details will be added as readers are confirmed)

Edited by derek beaulieu and rob mclennan, and published by Ottawa’s Chaudiere Books, The Calgary Renaissance highlights some of the diverse and astonishing experimental poetry and fiction that has emerged out of the past two decades of Calgary writing. An essential portrait of some of the most engaged and radical of Canadian writing and writers from one of the country’s most important literary centres.

Contributors include: Hollie Adams, Jonathan Ball, Braydon Beaulieu, Christian Bök, Louis Cabri, Natalee Caple, Weyman Chan, Jason Christie, Chris Ewart, Aaron Giovannone, Helen Hajnoczky, Susan Holbrook, Ken Hunt, Jani Krulc, Larissa Lai, Naomi K. Lewis, Nicole Markotic, Suzette Mayr, kevin mcpherson eckhoff, Sandy Pool, Sharanpal Ruprai, Ian Sampson, Jordan Scott, Nikki Sheppy, Natalie Simpson, Emily Ursuliak, Natalie Zina Walschots, Andrew Wedderburn, Julia Williams, Rita Wong, Eric Zboya, and Paul Zits.

Introduction by derek beaulieu and rob mclennan. Cover by Natalie Lauchlan and Nathaniel Mah. Designed by Christine McNair and Cameron Anstee.

My daughter, Madeline Beaulieu, has just posted her fanfic short-story “The Four Doctors” … in which Martha and the Doctor visit an old friend in 1924, but run into (several) unexpected someones. Have a read …


there’s a little over 24hrs left in the auction for Arianne Jones’ helmet, which i created in support of Helmets for Heroes …screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-6-50-33-pmscreen-shot-2016-10-10-at-6-50-23-pmscreen-shot-2016-10-10-at-6-49-50-pm

Over at Mount Royal University, Kit Dobson, Richard Harrison and i are developing …cumw9cxvyaafokt


Turkey’s HECE magazine features some of my visual poetry & an interview as part of a feature in issue 234/235/236screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-7-53-56-am