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NEW FROM NO PRESS:

twelve aphorisms.

12 leaflets by Charles Bernstein, Christian Bök, Teresa Carmody, Craig Dworkin, Daniel Levin Becker, Nick Montfort, George Murray, Vanessa Place, Danny Snelson, Moez Surani, Hugo Vernier (as selected by derek beaulieu), Ludwig Wittgenstein (as selected by Marjorie Perloff).

Limited edition of 40 copies, distributed exclusively at Miss Read 2017, Berlin, Germany.

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1-15-2016 - WHERE NEXT- Poster FINAL SHIMG_1940 IMG_1939 CbIB-dxWwAA1Hnq CbITx88WIAEj__s CbIZUesUcAABR4H CbC31Q2WAAA-pBU CbCoM4QWcAAaNBb CbDOieqWIAAljpw CbDRI0vUsAAqL3M CbCFwjkW8AAiHaM CbDUOydW4AACVDu CbH4LieW8AAuMlO CbDYVmcXEAACZsE CbCG-WoVIAEITDX CbDrylFWcAAtS2d CbCKxUSWAAQRYBK CbHMEViW4AAmkxt IMG_1938 IMG_1932 IMG_1931 IMG_1930 IMG_1929 IMG_1928 IMG_1927The WHERE NEXT: CREATIVE WRITING, NARRATIVE, FILM AND CONTEMPORARY ART symposium over the last few days was a fabulous, generous and generative event – it was great to see so many colleagues, students and members of the international community there!

The symposium featured keynote presentations by Concordia University Director of the Initiative for Indigenous Futures Jason Edward Lewis, Portland-based indisciplinary artist Francesca Capone, and Toronto-based author and poet Liz Worth, a performance by recent BMO 1st Student Art Invitational winner Tamara Cardinal (Himmelspach), and talks by Christian Bök, Victoria Braun, Cheryl Foggo, Sarah Grodecki, Wendy Hill-Tout, Joe Hospodarec, Heather Huston, Silas Kaufman, Larissa Lai, Natalie Lauchlan, Alex Link, Naoko Masuda, Ashok Mathur, Jen Miziuk, Natali Rodrigues, Riley Rossmo, Devyani Saltzman, Nick Sousanis, and Andrew Wreggitt and Elders Darryl and Linda Brass.

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It takes a community to create an event like WHERE NEXT — and I’d like to extend my deepest thanks to

ACAD’s Daniel Doz (and the Office of the President); Marianne Elder (and the Office of the Associate Vice-President of Student Affairs); Alison Miyauchi (and the Office of the Associate Vice-President of Research and Academic Affairs); Marc Scholes (and the Office of the Associate Vice-President of Instructional Affairs); Jo-Anne Clarke (and the School of Continuing Education and Professional Development);

Katie Potapoff, René Martin, JoAnn Reynolds, Steven Hodges, Myra Miller, Laura Vickerson; Natasha Peshak and the ACAD Board of Governors; ACADSA, and the the amazing ACAD Technical support team;

Beatroute, Wordfest, Chartwells and Calgary Arts Development;

the Where Next volunteer team: Daniela Amieva, Alexia Mitchell, Alicia McKenzie, Carly Munro, Ian Nicholas, Polly Orr, V’sheal Lyons, Judith Aldama, Courtney McFadden and Mark Giles;

Stephanie Dewar for all of her incredible energy;

and Michael O’Neill for all the patience and for stepping-up at the last minute.IMG_1921 IMG_1920 IMG_1919 IMG_1918 IMG_1916

 

 

FullSizeRenderOnce again, December brings an opportunity to reflect upon the year’s publications. Like previous years, my “most engaging books” list is idiosyncratic and 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 2015, seriously:

  • Allemann, Urs. (trans. Patrick Greaney). The Old Man and the Bench. (Dalkey Archive Press)
  • Bök, Christian. The Xenotext (Book 1). (Coach House Books)
  • Brossard, Nicole. (trans. Angela Carr). Ardour. (Coach House Books)
  • Cage, John. Diary: How to Improve the world (You will only make matters worse). (Siglio)
  • Carmody, Teresa and Vanessa Place. Maison Femme: a fiction. (Bon Aire Projects)
  • Cobbing, William and Rosie Cooper, eds. Boooook: The Life and Work of Bob Cobbing. (Occasional papers)
  • Dworkin, Craig. Alkali. (Counterpath)
  • Garréta, Anne. (trans. Emma Ramadan). Sphinx. (Deep Vellum)
  • Goldsmith, Kenneth. Capital: New York, Capital of the 20th Century. (Verso)
  • Goldsmith, Kenneth. Theory / Théorie. (Jean Boîte Éditions)
  • Reznikoff, Charles. Testimony: The United States (1885-1915): Recitative. (finally reprinted from the 1978 edition by Black Sparrow)
  • Sousanis, Nick. Unflattening. (Harvard UP)
  • Levé, Edouard. (trans. Jan Steyn & Caite Dolan-Leach). Newspaper. (Dalkey Archive Press)
  • Waeckerlé, Emmanuelle. Reading (Story of) O. (Uniformbooks)
  • Worth, Liz. No Work Finished Here: Rewriting Andy Warhol. (Bookthug)

88_1ROMANESCOAs Calgary’s Poet Laureate, I’m happy as pie to host an evening of sound poetry and experimentation by Christian Bok and Ian Sampson!

Ian Sampson, briefly back in Calgary, is a PhD candidate at Brown University. He is currently working on a radical translation of Beowulf and is an amazing performer of jaw-dropping sound poetry and beatboxing. Damn.

Christian Bok is the author of Eunoia and Crystallography and a seriously scary manuscript-in-progress entitled “The Xenotext.” His sound poetry and performance is seriously atomic. Double Damn.

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(free admission, please buy a book)

August 22, 7pm

Pages Books on Kensington

1135 Kensington Rd NW

Calgary, Alberta

Gertrude Stein-996e11046cc60620a5e89c3a4491d5222249be35-s6-c302014 is the 100th anniversary of the publication of Gertrude Stein’s masterpiece TENDER BUTTONS.

Join Calgary’s Poet Laureate derek beaulieu on July 27th (the 68th anniversary of Stein’s death) as he hosts an evening of poetic responses to Stein’s work including readings by Natalie Simpson, Nikki Sheppy, Rachel Shabolin, Anj Fermor and Helen Hajnoczky!PoetLaureateLogo_0

(free admission, donations welcome)

July 27, 7pm

LOFT 112

#112, 535 8 Ave SE

Calgary, Alberta

 

Final emblem catalogue image Final emblem catalogue image spineShandy Hall has just released the sumptuous catalogue for their 2011 exhibition “The Emblem of my Work” designed to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Sterne’s marbled page, which Sterne described as ‘the motly emblem of my work’, 169 artists and writers were invited to design the Emblem of their own work.

Finally, this box of delights has been concocted where the identity of each Emblem-maker can be discovered in the booklet provided.  The catalogue is limited to 225 copies of which only 55 are available (170 copies are reserved for the participating artists and writers).
If you would like to reserve a copy, please contact the Curator at Shandy Hall.
The catalogue has been produced for the Laurence Sterne Trust by Colin Sackett.
Each contains an original, miniature marbled page by Payhembury Marbled Papers.

I’m proud to be included in this catalogue alongside such luminary colleagues as Tom Phillips, John Baldessari, Jen Bervin, Christian Bok, Helen Hajnoczky, Eric Zboya, Lemony Snicket and Eugen Gomringer…

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As part of teaching ENGLISH 216: Literature and Community at Alberta College of Art + Design this Fall, I have made sure my students have had a chance to meet and listen to in-class readings by some of Calgary’s most challening and exciting speakers. My student Jennifer Herring recorded many of the class visits. Click below to hear full recording of many of the performances:

October 4: Caitlynn Cummings, managing editor of filling Station magazine

October 18: Christian Bök and Helen Hajnoczky

October 25: Paul Zits

November 1: Natalie Simpson

November 15: Eric Moschopedis and Mia Rushton

Huge thanks to all of the poets and performers. You’ve helped bring the class – and the Calgarian community – to life.

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“The Newspaper” by derek beaulieu (photo courtesy Eric Schmaltz)

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“The Newspaper” by derek beaulieu (photo courtesy Eric Schmaltz)

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“Protein 13” (detail) by Christian Bok (photo courtesy Eric Schmaltz)

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“Solilioquy” (detail) by Kenneth Goldsmith (photo courtesy Eric Schmaltz)

Postscript: Writing after Conceptual Art” has opened at Toronto’s Power Plant Gallery — here are a few early pictures from the opening (courtesy Eric Schmaltz)

 

dobson-beaulieu beaulieu-emersonOn Friday April 12, 2013 at 7:00pm at Calgary’s Pages Books (1135 Kensington Rd NW) we will be celebrating the launch of Please, No more poetry: the poetry of derek beaulieu and Writing Surafces: selected fiction of john riddell (both from Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2013). Local writers Christian Bök, Richard Harrison, Natalie Simpson, Kathleen Brown, Karis Shearer and others will read /respond to / perform beaulieu’s works and good times will be had. Hosted by Kit Dobson, the editor of Please, No More Poetry.

More about Please, No more poetry: the poetry of derek beaulieu:

Since the beginning of his poetic career in the 1990s, derek beaulieu has created works that have challenged readers to understand in new ways the possibilities of poetry. With nine books currently to his credit, and many works appearing in chapbooks, broadsides, and magazines, beaulieu continues to push experimental poetry, both in Canada and internationally, in new directions. Please, No More Poetry is the first selected works of derek beaulieu.

As the publisher of first housepress and, more recently, No Press, beaulieu has continually highlighted the possibilities for experimental work in a variety of writing communities. His own work can be classified as visual poetry, as concrete poetry, as conceptual work, and beyond. His work is not to be read in any traditional sense, as it challenges the very idea of reading; rather, it may be understood as a practice that forces readers to reconsider what they think they know. As beaulieu continues to push himself in new directions, readers will appreciate the work that he has created to date, much of which has become unavailable in Canada.

With an introduction by Kit Dobson and an interview with derek beaulieu by Lori Emerson as an afterword, Please, No More Poetry offers readers an opportunity to gain access to a complex experimental poetic practice through thirty-five selected representative works.

More about Writing Surfaces: Selected Fiction of John Riddell:

John Riddell is best known for “H” and “Pope Leo, El ELoPE,” a pair of graphic fictions written in collaboration with, or dedicated to, bpNichol, but his work moves well beyond comic strips into a series of radical fictions. In Writing Surfaces, derek beaulieu and Lori Emerson present “Pope Leo, El ELoPE” and many other works in a collection that showcases Riddell’s remarkable mix of largely typewriter-based concrete poetry mixed with fiction and drawings.

Riddell’s work embraces game play, unreadability and illegibility, procedural work, non-representational narrative, photocopy degeneration, collage, handwritten texts, and gestural work. His self-aware and meta-textual short fiction challenges the limits of machine-based composition and his reception as a media-based poet.

Riddell’s oeuvre fell out of popular attention, but it has recently garnered interest among poets and critics engaged in media studies (especially studies of the typewriter) and experimental writing. As media studies increasingly turns to “media archaeology” and the reading and study of antiquated, analogue-based modes of composition (typified by the photocopier and the fax machine as well as the typewriter), Riddell is a perfect candidate for renewed appreciation and study by new generations of readers, authors, and scholars.