Forty years ago, a beloved paperback series set the stage for today’s obsession with interactive entertainment“: Smithsonian Magazine takes an interest in Choose Your Adventure Books and briefly mentions my teaching:

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Helvetica — new from Happy Monks Press!

Printed in an edition of 50; 5″ x 7″; #110 stock, matte finish.

contact the fine folks at happymonkspress@gmail.com to order your copy, they’ll go fast!

#TPQ5: DEREK BEAULIEU

What will Derek Beaulieu, author/editor of over twenty collections of poetry, prose, and criticism, include in today’s #TPQ5?  

Order your copy of “Keep Speaking the Night” in honour of Rita Wong and Mountain protectors. Featuring a cover by Gary Barwin and I and contributions by a series of amazing authors, this edition is available for only $10. Please email Rob Budde at rbudde@unbc.ca to order copies. Only 50 copies have been printed so order yours today.
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On August 16th 2019 Rita Wong was arrested at the gates of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Burnaby Mountain work site, and she was given a 28 day sentence for peacefully expressing her beliefs. Rita is a well known poet, and she has been vocal on a number of environmental and social justice issues, so many of us wanted to lend her our voices to support her in return. Rob Budde has spearheaded this artistic project on behalf of Fight C PG and Sea to Sands. “Keep Speaking the Night” was produced to honour and support of Rita Wong who was sentenced 28 days in jail for standing up to industry and protecting water, land, and Indigenous rights. While Rita was released September 3rd, this limited edition chapbook will raise funds for Mountain Protectors, an organization Rita endorses now that her legal fines have been covered. Fifty chapbooks will be printed and sold at $10 each so that $500 can be donated altogether.

“jail the stories & the storytellers, but they will keep speaking the night, until empire expires”—Rita Wong

“give ‘er” – my essay on small press publishing, has just been issued as a PDF/print chapbook by Andreas Buhloff’s #sync2 press…

No press is thrilled to announce the publication of 2 new chapbooks:

“100 Throws” by CDN Warren

A beautifully minimalist suite of typewriter visual poems — published in an edition of 50 copies, handsewn binding.

AND

“Otherworld” by Anthony Etherin

a tour-de-force collection of constraint based poems (palindromes, anagrams, aelindromes, triolets, beaux presents, tautograms, sonnets and more) each exploring myth, legend and fairy tale — published in an edition of 50 copies, handsewn binding.

each book is $5 (or both for $8) to order, please email derek@housepress.ca

Westword Magazine has interviewed me in their latest issue … we discuss teaching, writing and my new position as Director of Literary Arts at Banff Centre

Few Calgarians realize the impact that James Joyce has had upon Calgary’s literary community and upon our very geography. In the years immediately following the First World War,Calgary was in a period of growth an expansion (the creation and development of Sunnyside, the Louise Bridge and Memorial Drive in response to Calgary’s war dead are noted examples of post-war growth). In 1923 The Calgary Stampede merged with the Calgary Exhibition to create the first “Calgary Exhibition & Stampede”which continues to this day.

The Calgary Modernist Club(who’s members included noted librarians, artists, businessmen and politicians)realizing the import of the chapter-by-chapter publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses from March 1918 to December 1920 in The Little Review, and wanting to signal not only a cultural investment in post-war literary culture burgeoning in Paris but also the impact of Irish immigration to Calgary petitioned to designate a section of 8th Avenue SW to pedestrian-only (thus bringing the flâneur to the west) and helped to initiate a building boom which emphasized such Dublin-esque features as cobbled streets, brick and stone buildings, public plazas, a preponderance of restaurants and drinking establishments (such as the historic Alberta Hotel) and a foregrounding of street-level walking traffic.The city was more than excited to foreground its Gaelic roots, happily mixing Scottish and Irish into a celebratory cultural stew. Building upon the city’s excitement, The Calgary Modernist Club was able to further initiate the naming of 8th Avenue SW to Stephen Avenue SW in recognition of Ulysses’s Stephen Deadalus.

The celebration was to be short-lived however. In 1922, with the publication of Ulysses in book form and the subsequent court trials and obscenity charges, the city council became wary of close association with this now controversial author. Unable to weather the controversy,The Calgary Modernist Club folded after a mere 6 years … and the city decided to officially re-designate Stephen Avenue as recognizing Scottish-CanadianGeorge Stephen, 1st Baron Mount Stephen who was instrumental in the creation of the Canadian Pacific Railway and who had died the year previous.

There are few cultural remnants of Calgary’s ground-breaking civic investment in and recognition of Joyce’s work. Ulysses was written to freeze the city life of June 16, 1904 …and on the corner of 4th Street SW (celebrating the meeting of Joyce and his future-wife Nora Barnacle in ’04) and 24th Street (in celebration of the publication of the first chapters of Work in Progress – which would become Finnegans Wake – in 1924) stands the pub Joyce on 4th. On Stephen Avenue The James Joyce Pub continues to occupy a historic space, the last fragment of a once street-long celebration.

Calgary’s literary history flips the pages of atlases, maps and literary journals in a dreamscape of potentiality, of ‘pataphysicality and complete balderdash.

my alma mater, University of Roehampton (UK) has recently interviewed me about completing my PhD there, writing and my new path at Banff Centre

No press is thrilled to announce the publication of:

MEANING (For Charles Bernstein) by Bruce Andrews.

Produced in an edition of 50 hand-sewn copies, MEANING is “a portrait of the young Charles Bernstein, from his mid-to-late 1970s work” produced “for his birthday/retirement party at Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, April 2019.

Each hand-sewn copy can be ordered for $6 (including postage) by emailing derek@housepress.ca …