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new from NO PRESS:

Poetry-By-The-Numbers (poems 1-7)

by Vanessa Place

Produced in a limited edition of 50 copies, 20 of which are for sale.


to order please email derek beaulieu at


Each December I reflect upon the best of what i’ve read of titles published this year. Like previous years, this year’s “most engaging books” list reflects what i found most fascinating / useful / generative. Seek out these volumes, every one will reward the search. Your local, independent, bookstore can help….

This is the cream of the crop for 2017, seriously:


Howe, Susan. Debths. (New Directions)

Métail. Michèle. Wild Geese Returning: Chinese Reversible Poems. (NYRB)

Queyras, Sina. My Ariel. (Coach House Books)

Rinne, Cia. L’Usage du Mot. (Gylendal)

Villoro, Federico Pérez and Christopher Hamamoto. Printer Prosthetic: Futura. (Printed Matter)

Wolf-Rehfeldt, Ruth. Signs Fiction. (Motto Books)


Crowe, Michael. An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in GTA Online. (Studio Operative)

Desnos, Robert. The Punishments of Hell. (Atlas Press)

Garréta, Anne. Not One Day. (Deep Vellum)


Briggs, Kate. This Little Art. (Fitzcarraldo Editions)

Hunt, Andrew and Nicola Simpson, eds. dom sylvester houédard. (Richard Saltoun)

Krukowski, Damon. The New Analog: Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World. (The New Press)

Scott, Jordan. Lanterns at Guantánamo. (SFU writers in residence chapbook series)

Photography (& more)

Zelazo, Suzanne, ed. Janieta Eyre: Incarnations. (Coach House Books)

i’ve created a patreon profile . . . and i hope you will be as excited as i am about this opportunity to help support the ongoing creation of my new work. see you there!

Just in time for Toronto’s Meet the Presses, I have two new chapbooks launched at that event.

Mark Laliberte and I have a collaborative book entitled asemanticasymmetry (Anstruther Press) and Gary Barwin has published my KOLOSS under his Serif of Nottingham imprint . . .

Ben Denzer’s Ice Cream Books has just featured a, A Novel … head over to his website to see his luscious portraits of books paired with delicious treats

Earlier this year I was invited to be interviewed by a series of grade 7 and 8 students at Willow Park School as part of “An Art Enabled Life.” This series of videos in which students interview artists about the tools and creative approaches they use to live a flourishing life; how do they generate positive emotions, sustain relationships, measure accomplishment, find solace, deal with stress, and stay inspired—not only in their artistic practices, but in all areas of their lives?

Produced with the generous support of The Calgary Foundation and created in collaboration with the Calgary Board of Education and the Alberta College of Art + Design we have produced video learning materials to be used in grade 7 and grade 8 school curriculum across the city. The videos consist of interviews with a range of contemporary Calgary artists (poets, painters, dancers, theatre directors, set designers, and sculptors). Students were engaged in the video production process, in particular, in the development and delivery of interview questions. Our key intention is to enable artists to speak honesty about their individual approaches to how they live an art enabled life and, despite a variety of challenges, flourish.

Each video is geared towards grades 7-9 and features some amazingly insightful and generative questions by the students involved – i’m honoured to be a part of this …

“Between these bookends lie the infinite possibilities implicit within any single novel”: Kyle Flemmer has reviewed a, A Novel (Jean Boîte Editions, 2017) in the new issue of Lemonhound 3.0 … thank you Kyle!

In recognition of 20 years of housepress and no press, Simon Fraser University’s WAC Bennett Special Collections Library has staged an exhibition of 20 volumes from the presses’ history, one per year. Through those two imprints I have published 636 different editions since 1997, so clearly the exhibition was highly selective, but it presents a single edition from each year . . .

The books included were:

1997 — beaulieu, derek and Neil Hennessy. William S. Burroughs: Ghost of Steel. Calgary/ Brampton: housepress / poetic immolation press, November 1997. 26 copies.

1998 — snow, tj, Shereen Tuomi, cjfyffe, Ian Samuels, Courtney Thompson and Jonathon Wilcke. I do not know this story / boneyard: a suite. Calgary: housepress, February 1998. 50 copies.

1999 — beaulieu, derek, ed. Courier: an anthology of concrete and visual poetry. Calgary: housepress, November 1999. 115 copies. Includes poetry from Fernando Aguiar, Jill Armstrong, avelino de araujo, Carlyle Baker, Jars Balan, Nelson Ball, Gary Barwin, Michael Basinski, Guy Beining, John M. Bennett, Carla Bertola, bill bissett, Jennifer Books, Daniel F. Bradley, Jonathan Brannen, Dmitry Bulatov, Stephen Cain, Barbara Caruso, Bob Cobbing, jwcurry, Johanna Drucker, Paul Dutton, Ran Elfassy, cjfyffe, Leroy Gorman, Bob Grumman, David UU, Neil Hennessy, Crag Hill, Peter Jaeger, Brian David Jo(h(n(s)t)on, Jim Kacian, Nancy Kang, Karl Kempton, Peggy Lefler, d.a.levy, damian lopes, Steve McCaffery, Gustave Morin, Colin Morton, lucas mulder, bpNichol, Brian Panhuyzen, Clemente Padin, Carl Peters, Poem by Nari, Stephen Scobie, Blair Seagram, Spencer Selby, tjsnow, Pete Spence, W.Mark Sutherland, George Swede, the Trans-Canada Research Team, Lawrence Upton,  Alberto Vitacchio, Darren Wershler-Henry and the editor.

2000 — Miki, Roy. Kiyooka. Calgary: housepress, August 31, 2000. 60 copies.

2001 — Betts, Gregory. All you need to know. Calgary: housepress, June 18, 2001. 40 copies.

2002 — M., Emma. (Chatte enr.), traduits par E. Mouré . á adan. Calgary: housepress, 2002. 40 copies.

2003 — Wershler-Henry, Darren. Ten Out Of Ten, or, Why Poetry Criticism Sucks in 2003. Calgary: housepress, Autumn, 2003. 50 copies.

2004 — Schlesinger, Kyle. Squarely. Calgary: housepress, 2004. 75 copies.

2005 — Stephens, Nathalie. The Small Body With It Rises From Under. Calgary: No press, May 2005. 26 lettered copies.

2006 — Bowering, George. A Knot of Light. Calgary: No press, September 2006. 52 copies.

2007 — Haslam, Bronwyn. Or carbon slides: Anagrammatic translations of work by Nicole Brossard. Calgary: No press, November 2007. 40 copies.

2008 — Fitterman, Robert. The Sun Also Also Rises. Calgary: No press, March 2008. 60 copies. / Fitterman, Robert. My Sun Also Rises. Calgary: No press, March 2008. 60 copies. / Blake, Nayland. Also Also Also Rises The Sun. Calgary: No press, March 2008. 60 copies.

2009 Speechless #1. 50 copies. Includes poetry by Eva Gonzalez, Rachelle Pinnow, Helen Hajnoczky, Mary Ellen Solt; criticism by Hajnoczky.

2010 — Simpson, Natalie. Smash Swizzle Fizz. Calgary: No press, August 2010. 60 copies.

2011 — Gauvreau, Claude. The Lucid Clusters: Poetics of Claude Gauvreau. Translated, and with an introduction by Ray Ellenwood. Calgary: No press, August 2011. 100 copies.

2012 — King, Emma. Helvetica Neue. Calgary: No press, July 2012. 60 copies.

2013 — Mueller, Kristen. Partially Removing the Remove of Literature. Calgary: No press, December 2013. 50 copies.

2014 — beaulieu, derek and Gregory Betts, eds. Avant Canada: more useful knowledge. Calgary: No press, November 2014. 98 copies. A boxed edition with individual leaflets and chapbooks by Jordan Abel, Lillian Allen, Gary Barwin, Christian Bok, Jaap Blonk, Louis Cabri, Stephen Cain, Natalee Caple, Margaret Christakos, Carmen Derkson, Skawannati, Neil Hennessy, Karl Jirgens, Derek Knight, Jason Edward Lewis, Tanis MacDoanld, Shannon Maguire, Lee Maracle, Nicole Markotic, Steve McCaffery, Andrew McEwan, kevin mcpherson eckhoff, Michal Nardone, Julia Polyck-O’Niell, Katie Price, a.rawlings, Shane Rhodes, Lisa Robertson, Eric Schmaltz, Stephen Scobie, Ron Silliman, Natalie Simpson, Chet Singh, Christine Stewart, Fenn Stewart, Natalie Zina Walschotts, d’bi.young anitafrika and the editors.

2015 — Le Tellier, Hervé. A Few Musketeers. Trans. Daniel Levin Becker. Calgary: No press, April 2015. 50 copies.

2016 — Bernstein, Charles. 95 Theses. Calgary: No press, October 2016. 60 copies.

2017 — Noury, Aurélie. How I Didn’t Write Any of my Books. Calgary: No press, August 2017. 40 copies.


The 100th piece in an ongoing series of visual transcriptions of every page of Finnegans Wake – a rendering of Joyce’s book of the dark‬. Each piece is created – graphite on paper – using an artistic technique called “blind contour” whereby the artist looks at the subject matter and NOT at the page he is creating (thus emphasizing hand-eye coordination and dedicated observation); blind-contour drawings often produce off-kilter depictions as an exercise in artistic weight-training. These readings/writings echo Jame Joyce’s infamous blackboards and over-sized drafts during the creation of Finnegans Wake — my texts are records of readings. (100 down, 390 to go…)IMG_3605IMG_3608