Author of eight books of poetry (including a volume of his selected poetry entitled Please, No More Poetry), four volumes of conceptual fiction (most recently the short fiction collection Local Colour: ghosts, variations), 2 collections of critical writing and over 175 chapbooks, derek beaulieu’s work is consistently praised as some of the most radical and challenging in contemporary Canadian writing.
Derek Beaulieu was the 2014-2016 Poet Laureate of Calgary.
“Derek Beaulieu was just named Calgary’s poet laureate. I can’t imagine anyone more deserving of an award. For two decades, Derek has labored tirelessly on behalf of other poets, publishing hundreds of books by hundreds of poets, all the while producing some of the most cutting edge poetry and poetics himself. But on a larger scale, this recognition represents a watershed for innovative poetries; not since Christian Bök’s Griffin Award a decade ago has a poet of this bent been given such an official honor. One can only hope that it’s representative of a shift away from the safe and towards the contemporary. (Or perhaps it’s just Canada—something that the rest of the world can learn from). On many levels, I can’t emphasize the importance of this moment, not only for Derek, but for all of us.” — Kenneth Goldsmith.
In 2012 Bookthug published his critical edition (co-edited with Gregory Betts) of bill bissett’s seminal 1972 volume of experimental commentary RUSH: what fuckan theory and in 2013 Wilfrid Laurier University Press published Writing Surfaces: Selected Fiction of John Riddell (co-edited with Lori Emerson). in 2005 Mercury published Shift & Switch: new Canadian poetry (co-edited with Angela Rawlings and Jason Christie).
In 2013 Wilfrid Laurier University Press published Please, no more poetry: the poetry of derek beaulieu as edited by Kit Dobson. This marks the 1st time an author under 40 has been honoured by inclusion in this series.
Beaulieu is a multiple award-winning sessional instructor of Creative Writing, Theory and Contemporary Canadian Literature. He holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Roehampton University.
In 2011 beaulieu was named by Broken Pencil Magazine as one of their “favourite indie artists of the last 15 years” and in 2007 he was the Alberta Magazine Publishers’ Association’s Volunteer of the Year. He has also been nominated as part of The Calgary Herald / Calgary Public Library 10 Calgary Mavericks (2010) and the Alberta Magazine Publishers’ Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2009). He was short-listed for the position of Calgary’s Poet Laureate in 2011. beaulieu’s papers are collected by Simon Fraser University’s Contemporary Literature Collection.
Publisher of the acclaimed smallpresses housepress (1997-2004) and no press (2005-present), and former editor of filling Station, dANDelion, endNote, Speechless and The Minute Review, beaulieu has spoken and written on poetics internationally in both popular and academic settings.
beaulieu is the Visual / Concrete Poetry Editor for Ubuweb.
derek beaulieu can be reached at
derek [at] housepress [dot] ca