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For the recent “Christian Bok Unbound” event, celebrating his work and noting his departure from Calgary, No press produced (or distributed) a number of celebratory small press editions —  including editions from Bart Beaty, Gregory Betts, Peter Jaeger, Craig Dworkin, Jaap Blonk, kevin mcpherson eckhoff, Nikki Sheppy, Kit Dobson, derek beaulieu, Ken Hunt, Adam Westman, Beata Berggren, Anthony Etherin and Christian Bok.

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Thank you so much to the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts for this wonderful honour…IMG_2161

indexThe University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts reflects on my tenure as Poet laureate…

page1Billy Mills has posted a brief capsule review of my latest volume of criticism, The Unbearable Contact with Poets (Manchester: If P then Q, 2015) …

a page 200over on twiiter at @erasingwarhol i’ve just posted page TWO HUNDRED of my “a a novel” in which i erase warhol’s 1968 novel leaving a landscape of punctuation & street noise

I write on the writers who have crafted calgary’s imagination for CBC News

As Calgary’s poet laureate, I tried to serve as an artistic ambassador for the city — presenting at events and producing literary work that reflects our city and its citizens both locally and internationally.

In my position, I had one task in mind: to honour and recognize the city’s rich literary history: our journalists, our novelists, our poets and playwrights.

The role of the poet laureate is to be reflective of, and responsive to, community. To dialogue, teach, teach, learn and listen — to provoke, initiate, inspire … and to remember.

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My lovely partner Kristen Beaulieu teaches Seniors Yoga at Calgary’s Scandivanvian Centre and has an incredibly eager and excited group of students . Upon hearing that i have traveled on numerous occasions as Poet Laureate to the Nordic countries, they were excited to hear more about what I had encountered in those literary communities.

Last night i shared an hour with members of Calgary’s Scandinavian community discussing the role of the Poet Laureate, my interactions with Scandinavian communities and fielding some amazing questions …

 

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I have just been informed that i will be receiving the University of Calgary’s 1st Faculty of Arts Celebrated Alumni Award … an incredible honour. Thank you.

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damian lopes’s afterwords literature has just published a new leaflet of mine in celebration of National Poetry Month and the Mayor’s Poetry ChallengeCfymLa6UEAE9Ty_

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