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EXTISPICIUM is now available; a piece of writing which is deeply personal and a lot of years in the making. A slow, difficult process but one which I’m glad to see the light of day thru Stuart Ross’s exceptional Proper Tales Press. Contact Stuart Ross<a href="http:// to order a copy …

& thank you rob mclennan for the brief review of the chapbook


             — after Rimbaud

A black, E white, I red, U green, O blue: vowels,
soon I’ll mourn your hidden shrieks:
A: a corset embroidered with a cirrus wave of carrion,
clouding the sky over a dead pigeon,
an apple gone soft in the swelter of summer
as flies crawl across a tyrant’s open eye.  
The swirling maggots blister and hatch to
a static of blindness. E: An iceberg reflected in a cataract iris.

A snowy quadrangle afloat in a sea of cream,
the hateful hood over a chessboard knight;
I, the spittle of opium flowers nestled within a blistered palm,
a cracked brick held in anger above a burning crowd.
U: shards of broken glass
across the folded banner of Muhammad;

O: the tattered crash of porcelain
on the stones of Roman villas,
mined from the pits of Afghanistan:
—set ablaze in your accusing stare.

(download a PDF of this poem’s original publication, a leaflet from Calgary’s Blasted Tree Press)

APERTURE — my volume of day-glow dry-transfer concrete poetry – is now available as a free PDF: (please also consider ordering a print copy direct from from Penteract Press)

BANFF, AB, October 30, 2019 – Derek Beaulieu joined Banff Centre in October of 2018 and has focused on bringing new faculty and new opportunities to writers. He has focused his efforts on building new partnerships, expanding international connections, and strengthening Albertan and Canadian writing.

 “This year’s Literary Arts residencies will emphasize pairing faculty mentors who bring an exceptional practice, a generosity of spirit and dynamic mentorship experience. Our faculty and residents look to find the edges of what we believe possible in language, and explore that boundary through practice-based research. They expand our understanding of the artfulness and potential of the Literary Arts to facilitate new ways of knowing. They are dedicated to the understanding that artistic creation is a community-driven process; it interweaves us” said Beaulieu

 “The best writers model a practice to their peers and to emerging members of the wider literary community: editing, publishing, offering advice and consultation, they listen and lead by example in open conversation about difference, practice, voice and form – all of which leads to an art-form which is generous and generative.”

Highlights for the 2020-2021 programming year include:

Seasonal Writers Retreats: A series of independent seasonal self-directed programs that offers time and space for writers to retreat, reconnect, and re-energize their writing practice with faculty mentors:

•           Giller Prize Finalists Gary Barwin and Anakana Schofield (January 2020)
•           Giller Prize Finalist Zoe Whittall and acclaimed poet Lucas Crawford (March 2020)
•           Griffin Prize Recipient Jordan Abel and acclaimed poet Kaie Kellough (August 2020)
•           Griffin Prize Recipient Karen Solie and Governor-General Award nominee Sina Queyras (December 2020)
•           Novelist / journalist Waubgeshig Rice and poet Emma Healey (January 2021)
•           Poet/performer Angela Rawlings and poet Jenna Butler (March 2021)

Poetry, Politics and Embodiment (April 6 – 18, 2020): Explore poetry as a vehicle of liberation and protest; about subjectivity and embodiment as poetry’s context; and about how race, gender, class, sexuality, and ability pressurize aesthetic categories with Griffin Prize Recipient Billy-Ray Belcourt and acclaimed poet Mercedes Eng.

Writing Studio (April 27 – May 30, 2020): An ideal environment for artistic inspiration and growth, Writing Studio provides writers and poets with an extended period of uninterrupted writing time and one-on-one editorial assistance from Program Director Caroline Adderson, Associate Director (Poetry) Karen Solie, Associate Director (Fiction) Shyam Selvadurai and Faculty Kazim Ali, Anosh Irani, Rawi Hage, Ian Williams, Marina Endicott and Paula Morris.

Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC) (June 1 – 20, 2020): This fully-scholarshipped residency offers student, emerging, and professional literary translators a period of uninterrupted work on a current project. Participants will work individually and as a group with a faculty of accomplished translators of French, English, and Spanish. The new Director of BILTC will be announced shortly.

Literary Journalism (June 29 – July 25, 2020): This fully-scholarshipped month-long residency encourages the exploration of new ideas in journalism and experimentation in writing. Designed to challenge and stimulate, the program aims to inspire creative pieces of writing, which might otherwise be difficult to complete. A preeminent space for long-form journalism, this residency emphasizes the strengths of thorough and articulate reporting, distinctive storytelling, and literary devices. The new Rogers Communications Chair of Literary Journalism will be announced shortly.

Fall Thematic (August 24 – September 5, 2020): Banff Centre’s first residency dedicated to Speculative Fiction, with Sunburst Award Recipient Nalo Hopkinson, Hugo Prize Recipient Emily Pohl-Weary and internationally-acclaimed author Jeff Vandermeer as guest speaker.

Investigative Journalism (September 14 – 23, 2020): This residency provides a wide-ranging introduction to the use of investigative research in nonfiction writing. Through a combination of interactive seminars and workshops with Faculty Patti Sonntag and Robert Cribb, participants will learn to identify research sources, mine the necessary information, and turn data and interviews into rich, engaging narratives.

Emerging Writers (September 28 – October 6, 2020): This fully-scholarshipped, workshop-based program embraces multiple genres, providing structured support for new creative writers wanting to improve their writing skills with Director Katherena Vermette and a team of exceptional mentors.

Mountain and Wilderness Writing (October 23 – November 14, 2020): This three-week residency for nine writers working in any genre (fiction, nonfiction, journalism, or poetry), on environmental journalism, mountain narratives, stories of wilderness adventure, or projects with an environmental theme is housed in Banff Centre’s prestigious Leighton Studios.

Banff Centre’s Director of Literary Arts, Derek Beaulieu has received national and local awards for his teaching of creative writing and contemporary literature. A prolific author, editor, and visual artist, his work has also been exhibited internationally in over 20 solo and group exhibitions. Derek Beaulieu is the author and editor of over 20 collections of poetry, prose, and criticism including two volumes of his selected work Please No More Poetry: the poetry of derek beaulieu (2013) and Konzeptuelle Arbeiten (2017). His most recent volume of poetry is the technicolour Aperture (Penteract press, 2019).

Media Contact:

Erin Brant-Filliter

Acting Director – Communications

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Penteract Press has recently published a promotional poster for Aperture in a strictly limited edition (less than 20 copies for sale) …. to try and acquire your copy, contact the press directly

In 150 (for Andy) Arnold McBay takes the first 150 pages of a, A Novel, derek beaulieu's appropriation of the novel by Andy Warhol of the same name, and combined them into a single static-y haze of punctuation and sound effects – the true sound of New York City. 
A3 poster (297 x 420 mm), black & white digital print. Comes folded (twice) in an envelope with an option of receiving it unfolded, rolled up in a tube at additional cost.

WOW!: with BOTHBOTHBOTH Stuart Chalmers and see monsd respond to my visual poetry in a noisy explosion of voice and sound. A strictly limited edition Double CDr (5″ & 3″), only £6, order your copy today

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:

Helvetica — new from Happy Monks Press!

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

contact the fine folks at to order your copy, they’ll go fast!


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