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PoetLaureateLogoOn April 28th 2014 I was named Calgary’s Poet Laureate (following in the footsteps of Kris Demeanor).

On Monday April 25th 2016 I will hand that position over to the 2016-2018 Poet Laureate.

With the amazing support of Emiko Muraki, Christine Armstrong, Joni Carroll, Helen Moore-Parkhouse, Kaley Beisiegel, Pattti Pon and all the amazing folks at CADA I have used the last two years to perform, discuss and advocate for Calgary’s poetic community, promote literacy in the city and initiate new programs to support Calgarian arts.

Here’s a quick review of what i’ve been up as Poet Laureate:

I have conducted 77 readings (alongside almost 100 meetings & over 40 media appearances) in 5 countries — including talks at The University of Calgary, University of Alberta, York University, William Aberhart High School, Queen Elizabeth High School, Mount Royal University, Brock University, Lakehead University and Roehampton University and at public events in Lethbridge, Manchester, London, Oslo, Stockholm and Calgary. I was honoured to give keynote lectures at the Oslopoesifilmfestival (Oslo, Norway) and New Voices, Emerging Paths in Contemporary Canadian Writings (Canadian Literature Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB) and the convocation address at Alberta College of Art + Design.11221301_10153288031866346_3824064715146837533_n

 

1-15-2016 - WHERE NEXT- Poster FINAL SHMy students and colleagues recognized and awarded my teaching with the Alberta College of Art + Design Student Association Appreciation Award, two Alberta College of Art + Design Student Association Gracious Gratitude Awards and the inaugural Robert Kroetsch Teaching Innovation Award from the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (CCWWP). I was thrilled to share with students at Mount Royal, ACAD and at Wordsworth Teen Summer Camp. At ACAD I co-ordinated and hosted The WHERE NEXT: CREATIVE WRITING, NARRATIVE, FILM AND CONTEMPORARY ART symposium.

i’ve been lucky to have work published dozens of magazines, journals and books in Canada, the US, the UK, Germany, Turkey, Norway, Sweden and France and work included in gallery exhibitions in Canada, Austria, Georgia, Germany, the Netherlands, England and the US. I co-curated, with Phillip Davenport, Total Recall, at the Bury Art Museum (Bury, UK). I also donated artwork to fundraising auctions for both HIV Calgary and The Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre (KOAC).

I have created hundreds of new works and am particularly proud of the poem i wrote as a commission for the Vimy Foundation in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge in 2017.

photoI was the first artist-in-residence in the Lightbox Studio in Calgary’s Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts (now Arts Commons) — thank you Natasha Jensen for all the organizational acumen. I was the first artist-in-residence in Calgary’s Lougheed House’s 124-year history. The residency culminated with a gala reading featuring Calgary literati.

Calgary Tower WordFest 01My work was  projected on the side of the Calgary Tower and posted on billboards on Calgary’s busiest freeways thanks to the initiatives of Calgary’s Wordfest.

Los Angeles-based press Les Figues published my latest volume of visual poetry, KERN, and the Manchester-based press If P then Q published my latest volume of criticism, The Unbearable Contact with poets, and for that i am incredibly grateful. The Calgary Renaissance, an anthology of risk-taking Calgarian poetry — co-edited with Ottawa’s rob mclennan — is forthcoming in 2016 (as are several other projects which i can’t announce quite yet).

WordPoweredArt-2014_instagramThrough No press I published 64 different editions of poetry and prose from international, national and local emerging and established writers. Each book was meant to help spread the word of risk-taking international writing. Thank you for trusting me with your work.

In December, 2014 I traveled to London with my family in order to defend my Phd dissertation in Creative Writing at Roehampton University under the supervision of Dr. Peter Jaeger and Mr. Jeff Hilson — both of whom have been exceptional teachers and mentors.

On May 11th of this year I will be named as the recipient of the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts 1st Celebrated Alumni Award.

As Calgary’s Poet Laureate, I co-founded, with Calgary Arts Development and the Calgary Chamber, the Artists in the Workplace initiative through which we pair businesses who are willing to donate studio and production space to Calgary’s artistic community.

In support of Helmets for Heroes, I designed Canadian National Luge Team athlete Arianne Jones’ helmetwhich she wore in gold-medal performances at the World Cup. The helmet will be auctioned for charity in mid-2016.

IMG_1793In conjunction with Calgary Reads, i provided the artwork for their new Little Free Library Passport supporting Calgarian literacy.

My work at Roehampton University — directly on the walls of the English department was the first UK public commission ever received by a Canadian poet.

I initiated the Twitter project The Calgary Alphabet in which i invited the citizens of Calgary to help create an alphabet of letters which reflect the city’s signage. I also created the #writtenrighthere initiative on twitter and, with Barrie, Ontario’s Poet Laureate Damian Lopes, created a National Poetry month challenge across Canada.

I worked with a fabulous team at Project Bookmark to try and make head-way in to Calgary’s community;

coverNot all of the projects i’ve undertaken worked out however. 2015 did bring some disappointing news. For my entire tenure as Poet Laureate I have been working with the Calgary Arts Development team and with representatives from the City of Calgary to create an initiative through which we would name Calgary alleys after prominent deceased Calgarian writers. With support from arts groups across Alberta, the Varsity Community Association and the Beltline Community Association (and many others) we proposed to name streets and pathways in the city after Nellie McClung and Robert Kroetsch (with expansion plans for further alleys named after W.O. Mitchell and Sheila Watson). Sadly –- despite wide-spread support from the community (and private funds to cover all potential expenses) and the City of Calgary Naming Committee –- the City of Calgary Priorities and Finance Committee did not share our enthusiasm. This was a project we’ve been deeply dedicated to for a number of years and it was crushing to see it not receive support. We may regroup …

None of this would have been possible without my incredible partner, Kristen, and my amazing daughter Maddie. My parents and in-laws have also been a steady voice of support and love; thank you.

1509803_10152809613381526_2794485390422773802_nIn so many ways I only excel because of the strength and support of my community of friends and colleagues especially Christian Bök, Sina Queyras, Darren Wershler, Kenneth Goldsmith, Ken Hunt, Tony Trehy, Jordan Scott, Greg Betts, Lori Emerson, Kit Dobson, Helen Hajnoczky, Richard Harrison and so many others. Thank you.

I’m by no means done and the opportunity to be Poet Laureate has already lead to a number of new projects and potential collaborations — I’m excited to see how these ideas will challenge both me and the arts community.

It has been an honour, thank you — I look forward to seeing what Calgary’s next Poet Laureate does with the position.

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Alternating Twill Zig Zag by Francesca Capone

FEBRUARY 12-13, 2016!

A two day symposium discussing writing and text-art in a trans-media environment. Featuring discussions and performances by nationally and internationally renowned speakers on the role of creative writing, narrative and “story-telling” in visual and digital art & craft, performance, screen-writing and pedagogy.
WHERE NEXT features nationally and internationally-recognized artists, Calgarian teachers and practitioners, ACAD staff and students — all focused on creative writing and radical pedagogy. Join us for two days of cutting-edge conversation and performance on the role of creative writing within an arts discourse and how writing overlaps teaching and learning.
Coordinated by Calgary’s 2014-2016 Poet Laureate, and ACAD Instructor, Derek Beaulieu.

Tickets are available here.(student discount available by entering the code ACADCreativeWriter)

Keynote Presentations

Jason Edward Lewis (Montreal, QC): Concordia University Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary. Lewis is the director of the Initiative for Indigenous Futures and co-director of the Skins Workshops on Aboriginal Storytelling and Video Game Design, as well as the winner of the inaugural Robert Coover Award for Electronic Literature for The P.o.E.M.M. Cycle.

Francesca Capone (Portland, OR, USA) is a visual artist who works with interdisciplinary practices. She is currently exhibiting at LUMA/Westbau, The Last Brucennial, The Gelman Gallery at the RISD Museum, Publication Studio Hudson and The Granoff Center at Brown University. She is the author of Weaving Language: Writing in Threads.

Liz Worth (Toronto, ON): Worth’s first book was the first in-depth account of the history of Toronto’s punk music scene entitled Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond, which created a renewed interest in preserving the history of Canadian punk. Her most recent collection is No Work Finished Here: Rewriting Andy Warhol, a poetic response to Andy Warhol’s novel a: a novel. Worth is also the author of Amphetamine Heart and PostApoc.

Performance
Tamara Himmelspach
Panelists
Ashok Mathur
Nick Sousanis
Naoko Masuda
Silas Kaufman
Cheryl Foggo
Larissa Lai
Christian Bok
Andrew Wreggitt
Devyani Saltzman
Natali Rodrigues
Riley Rossmo
Sarah Grodecki
Joe Hospodarec
Victoria Braun
Natalie Lauchlan
Jen Mizuik
Wendy Hill-Tout
Heather Huston
Alex Link

logoIn support of WORDSWORTH 2014 SUMMER LITERARY CAMP I am taking part in their SCRAWL-A-THON fundraiser.

Wordsworth is a writing residency for youth between the ages of 12-19. It’s a residency sleepover for a week and a place for them to come and get a writing experience they can’t get anywhere else. It’s a place to come and explore the written word through the arts. We do everything from spoken word, visual poetry, photography, comics, nonfiction, journalism [to] fiction. Every year it changes, and the students come and study it. They eat it, they live it, and they breathe it for a week. We try to bring in instructors that can bring in something unique and different that children wouldn’t get in classrooms or community course.

I have taught for WORDSWORTH in 2011 and 2012 (and plan to return this year) and my daughter is also eager to enroll as a camper this year.

On Saturday March 15 from 4pm-10pm I will endeavour, for 6 hours straight, to create a large-scale visual poem directly on the windows of LOFT112, a new literary space here in Calgary (www.loft122.org). Alongside me will be up to 20 authors, each writing for 6 hours straight, and each trying to raise pledges in support of Wordsworth.

This writing marathon is designed to raise funds and raise awareness for WORDSWORTH — all funds raised will go directly to helping the camp run again this year

I write to ask you for DONATIONS / PLEDGES in support of my 6 hour marathon (and in support of WORDSWORTH) – all donations over $10 will receive a tax receipt through the Writers Guild of Alberta (WGA).

If you are interested in donating – and thus helping an amazing summer camp dedicated to Alberta Youth who are interested in writing — please email me with a brief note, and you can donate online (via credit card) here.

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.

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dobson-beaulieuPlease, no more poetry: the poetry of derek beaulieu

Edited by Kit Dobson.

Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013.

available for order here or from your local independent bookstore.

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.

xerolage_52_front_coverXexoxial editions has just published a selection of my visual poetry entitled Kern as the latest issue of Xerolage Magazine …. check it out!

beaulieu-emersonLori Emerson and I are proud to have edited Writing Surfaces: Selected Fiction of John Riddell through Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Copies are now available to order through your local independent bookstore.

 

The kind folks at in edit mode press have sent some photographs of some of the pieces in the new edition of Local Colour : Ghosts, variations

Pre-order your copy now at a discount : €50.

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