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Author of four books of poetry and two volumes of conceptual fiction, derek beaulieu’s work is consistently praised as some of the most radical and challenging contemporary Canadian writing.
Editor and publisher of the acclaimed small presses housepress (1997-2004), dANDelion (2001-2004), and no press (2005-present), beaulieu has spoken and written on poetics internationally. From 2004 to 2007 beaulieu was the Administrative Director at Calgary’s The New Gallery, western Canada’s oldest artist–run centre.
Toro magazine recently wrote: “using techniques drawn from graphic design, fine art and experimental writing, [beaulieu] vigorously tests the restrictions, conventions, and denotations of the letters of the alphabet.”
beaulieu’s fractal economies (Talonbooks, 2006) includes a cogent and widely-discussed argument for poetry which works beyond conventional meaning-making, pushing the boundaries of syntax into graphic design, gesture and collaboration. beaulieu lives in Calgary where he teaches through the Calgary Board of Education and at the University of Calgary.
Photo credit: Julia Gotz.
BOOK AWARDSHow to Write
W.O. Mitchell Literary Prize Finalist, 2010”
QUOTES OF NOTEHow to Write
“It is fitting that in How to Write beaulieu makes manifest a very old idea, one that concerns Northrop Frye in his essay “Canada and Its Poetry” (1943): “Originality is largely a matter of returning to origins.” Appearing new, How to Write suggests, is about new ways of discovering, and stealing from, those origins.”
—The Bull Calf
QUOTES OF NOTEfractal economies
Never read a book of concrete poetry before? This might be the one to hook you.
Represents[s] truly the best of beaulieu’s poetic practice.
— Prairie Fire Review of Books
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