derek beaulieu Named Calgary's 2014-2015 Poet Laureate

Avid poet, former editor and mentor derek beaulieu has been named Calgary’s second Poet Laureate

Photograph by Andy Nichols Photography

After two years of inspirational artistic service from Kris Demeanor, the torch has been passed on. This morning derek beaulieu has been named Calgary’s second Poet Laureate.  

There is no denying that beaulieu is a man of words. He’s written 8 books of poetry, 3 volumes of fiction and 1 volume of literary criticism. As well as writing and publishing great work, beaulieu has worked as an editor for the Calgary magazines filling StationdANDdelion and Speechless.

And if that wasn’t impressive enough, beaulieu is also an influential member of the community, having mentored both new and established writers and he’s taught post-graduate level students. 

Having already performed his poetry across North America and Europe, beaulieu is excited to further represent the Calgary arts community. He says, “I am proud to be the 2014-2016 Poet Laureate and to represent our city locally, nationally and internationally.” 

Patti Pon, the President & CEO of Calgary Arts Development, is thrilled to welcome beaulieau as Calgary’s second Poet Laureate. She says, “I would like to thank Kris for his service to the city during his time as Calgary Poet Laureate, and welcome derek beaulieu to the role. I look forward to witnessing how derek’s artistry will enrich our civic landscape over the next two years.”

All Calgarians can celebrate derek beaulieu’s appointment this week: during the evenings of Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30, his concrete poem “Prose of the Trans-Canada” will be projected onto the Calgary Tower. 

Calgarians can celebrate derek beaulieu’s appointment and Kris Demeanor’s two years as Poet Laureate by attendingParting Words/Starting Words at Telus Spark Science Centre on Tuesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. Tickets are free and can be reserved online

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