beaulieuAuthor of ten books of poetry (including two volumes of his selected poetry Please, No More Poetry and Konzeptuelle Arbeiten), six volumes of conceptual fiction (most recently a, A Novel), 2 collections of critical writing and over 200 chapbooks, derek beaulieu’s work is consistently praised as some of the most radical and challenging in contemporary Canadian writing.

Derek Beaulieu is the Director of Literary Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

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) followed by 2016’s release of The Calgary Renaissance (co-edited with rob mclennan).

Beaulieu received multiple local and national awards for his teaching of Creative Writing, Theory and Contemporary Canadian Literature. He holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Roehampton University.

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.

PoetLaureateLogo_0Derek 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.

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derek beaulieu can be reached at
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