The University of Calgary’s Gauntlet takes an interest in The Calgary Renaissanceent_renaissance_courtesyderek

No Press is proud to announce the publication of

teen memos

by petra schultze-wollgast

Published in an edition of 40 hand-bound copies, $5.00ea (incl. postage)

To order a copy, please email

teen memos consists of 7 beautiful letraset-based visual poems, each constructed with a sensitive eye to balance and symmetry…scan-12

I will be teaching ENGL214 – Creative Writing at Alberta College of Art + Design this coming January / February as a modified block week class.

This course will provide students with guidance and constructive aid in the production of their own creative literary work. While a variety of instructional methods will be employed, such as lectures, discussions, directed written assignments, and the study of literary exemplars, ENGL.214 is primarily a workshop course. Students will be expected to work in multiple genres. Please note that this is not a course in commercial writing.

This course is open to current ACAD students, or students from any other Alberta Post-Secondary Institution FOR CREDIT (please check with your home institution for transfer credit details; Students from other institutions may take this course for transfer credit, providing they have a confirmation letter from their home institution and submit a copy of their transcripts).

Cost $487.99 (Canadian citizens – international fees apply).

Please contact CONTINUING EDUCATION at ACAD for registration information and details.

This course runs January 3 – 7 (Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat), 12:30 pm to 4:40 pm plus January 14, 21, 28 + February 4 (Saturdays), 12:30 pm – 4:40 pm.

Honoured to have been nominated for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts 25 Influential artists award by my colleague Kit Dobson (and by another, anonymous, member of Calgary’s literary community) — and to have in turn nominated Marni Strome for the same award. Recipients will be announced this coming weekend as part of Alberta Culture Daysscreen-shot-2016-09-28-at-9-54-47-amscreen-shot-2016-09-28-at-9-55-06-amafa25-influential-artists-logo


Calgary’s metro takes an interest in The Calgary Renaissance (forthcoming from Chaudiere Books)


img_2203_largeBid to own the helmet I designed for Canadian National Luge team athlete Arianne Jones & help raise funds for Helmets for Heroes!

One year ago Helmets for Heroes partnered with the Canadian Luge Team to bring 7 projects to life. Athletes were paired with local Calgary artists and youth suffering traumatic brain injuries to create unique pieces of art that were worn during the 2015-16 World Cup season.

After protecting the heads of National Team athletes – while creating awareness for concussion prevention and helmet safety – it’s now time to auction of these incredible works of art.

100% of proceeds from the sale of the helmets will go to Creative Impact Health Foundation to support their initiatives and fund future Helmets for Heroes projects.

I’ve cast the first volume of my VEXATIONS project in to a short animated film. VEXATIONS decomposes the score of Erik Satie’s masterpiece through repeated photocopy degeneration. Each volume uses a different photocopier to degenerate Satie’s score

Watch the short animated version on vimeo…screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-5-20-18-pm


The first of a projected 10 volumes, VEXATIONS decomposes the score of Erik Satie’s masterpiece through repeated photocopy degeneration. Beaulieu’s VEXATIONS moves writing towards “furniture music.”

Each volume uses a different photocopier to degenerate Satie’s score – with startlingly unique results. Taken as a 10-book suite, the completed project will present 840 variations (84 variations per book over 10 books)

Purchase a copy here (limited edition of 26 copies; 176 pages $26 + shipping)

Download a free PDF here

watch the short animated version on vimeo

Pour se jouer 840 fois de suite ce motif,

il sera bon de se préparer au préalable,

et dans le plus grand silence, par des immobilités sérieuses

—Erik Satie

(“In order to play the theme 840 times in succession,

it would be advisable to prepare oneself beforehand,

and in the deepest silence, by serious immobilities”)

—Erik Satie

Calgarian designer Matthew Knapik (with whom I previously collaborated with on Calgary Read’s Little Free Library Passport, a PDF of which I’ve posted here) has just transformed a series of my concrete poems in to surface patterns, in response to a call by Uppercase Magazine:

The result of a collaboration between poet Derek Beaulieu and designer Matt Knapik, this collection explores concrete poetry as a departure point for pattern design. Letters are plucked from their everyday roles and given the opportunity to participate in compositions that give them new expressions of form and character. Transformed further into extensible motifs, the poems playfully threaten to infest their two-dimensional worlds.artboard-1 artboard-2 artboard-3 artboard-4 artboard-5 artboard-6 artboard-7

I’m very proud to unveil the cover of THE CALGARY RENAISSANCE!

calgaryrenaissance_cover_final_front-onlyEdited by derek beaulieu and rob mclennan, and published by Ottawa’s Chaudiere Books, The Calgary Renaissance highlights some of the diverse and astonishing experimental poetry and fiction that has emerged out of the past two decades of Calgary writing. An essential portrait of some of the most engaged and radical of Canadian writing and writers from one of the country’s most important literary centres.

Contributors include: Hollie Adams, Jonathan Ball, Braydon Beaulieu, Christian Bök, Louis Cabri, Natalee Caple, Weyman Chan, Jason Christie, Chris Ewart, Aaron Giovannone, Helen Hajnoczky, Susan Holbrook, Ken Hunt, Jani Krulc, Larissa Lai, Naomi K. Lewis, Nicole Markotic, Suzette Mayr, kevin mcpherson eckhoff, Sandy Pool, Sharanpal Ruprai, Ian Sampson, Jordan Scott, Nikki Sheppy, Natalie Simpson, Emily Ursuliak, Natalie Zina Walschots, Andrew Wedderburn, Julia Williams, Rita Wong, Eric Zboya, and Paul Zits.

Introduction by derek beaulieu and rob mclennan. Cover by Natalie Lauchlan and Nathaniel Mah. Designed by Christine McNair and Cameron Anstee.

Order today from your local, independent bookstore!

$25.00, Paperback, ISBN 9781928107071