Dr. Derek Beaulieu

Critical + Creative Studies

Instructor, English


Derek Beaulieu is a multiple award-winning instructor of creative writing and contemporary literature. Author of over 20 books of poetry, prose and criticism. Visual Poetry curator at UBUWeb. Exhibited internationally in over 15 solo exhibitions and dozens of group exhibitions. 2014–2016 Poet Laureate of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


PhD Creative Writing, Roehampton University

BEd Secondary English, University of Calgary

MA English, University of Calgary

BA English / History, University of Calgary

Selected Professional Activity:

Permanent Collections

Roehampton University (London, UK), Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry (Miami, FL), Bury Art Gallery (Bury, UK), Calgary Arts Development Authority (Calgary, AB), Loft112 (Calgary, AB), Niagara Art Centre (St. Catharines, ON); University of Calgary Faculty of Arts.

Art Exhibitions – Curator

2015 Total Recall. Bury Art Museum, Bury, UK. (co-curated with Philip Davenport). August 1 – October 3, 2015.

Art Exhibitions – Solo

2015 Every Word. Calgary City Hall, Calgary, AB.

2013 How to Read. Niagara Arts Centre, St. Catharines, ON.

2012 Prose of the Trans Canada. Thunder and Lightning. Sackville, NB.

Art Exhibitions – Group

Research Field Station, no. 1: Copying. Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK., 2017

Foreigners. Bury Art Museum, Bury, UK.

Making Treaty 7: Finding Common Ground. Esker Foundation Contemporary Art Gallery Project Space, Calgary, AB.

Poems without Words: A Little Exhibition. Cinema Foyer, University of London, Birkbeck. London, UK.

Concrete & Constraint. bookartbookshop. London, UK.

2016  Reading Matters: Information as Material & Co. Printed Matter, New York, NY, USA.

Paint her to your own mind. Constantine Gallery, Teeside University, Teeside, UK.

2011–2012 All Faculty Exhibition. Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, AB.

2012–2013 All Faculty Exhibition. Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, AB.

A Kind of Huh? Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France.

Selected Publications:

University Presses

Please, No More Poetry: The Poetry of derek beaulieu. Ed. Kit Dobson. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013.

Riddell, John. Writing Surfaces: Selected Fiction of John Riddell. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013. Co-edited with Lori Emerson.


The Unbearable Contact with Poets. Manchester, UK: If P then Q, 2015.

Seen of the Crime: Essays on Conceptual Writing. Montréal: Snare, 2011.


a, A Novel. Paris, France: Jean Boîte Editions, 2017.

Konzeptuelle Arbeiten. Bern, Switzerland: edition taberna kritika, 2017.

Local Colour: Ghosts, variations. Malmö, Sweden: In Edit Mode Press, 2012.

How to Write. Vancouver: talonbooks, 2010.

Local Colour. Helsinki, Finland: ntamo, 2008.

Flatland: a romance of many dimensions. York, UK: information as material, 2007.


Ascender / Descender. Achill Island, Ireland: Red Fox Press, 2016.

Kern. Los Angeles: Les Figues Press, 2014.

Kern. West Lima, WI: Xexoxial Editions, 2013.

Silence. Achill Island, Ireland: Red Fox Press, 2010.

chains. Kingston, PA, USA: paper kite Press, 2008.

fractal economies. Vancouver: talonbooks, 2006.

frogments from the frag pool: haiku after basho. Toronto: The Mercury Press, 2005. Co-written with Gary Barwin.

with wax. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2003.

Books (Edited)

The Calgary Renaissance. Ottawa: Chaudiere, 2016. Co-edited with rob mclennan.

bissett, bill. RUSH: what fuckan theory; a study uv language. Toronto: Bookthug, 2012. Co-edited with Gregory Betts.

Shift and Switch: new Canadian Poetry. Toronto: The Mercury Press, 2005. Co-edited with Jason Christie and Angela Rawlings.

Selected Awards:

2016 -- Celebrated Alumni Award, Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary

2016–2017 -- ACADSA Gracious Gratitude Award

2016–2017 -- ACADSA Gracious Gratitude Award (2)

2014–2016 -- Calgary Poet Laureate

2013–2014 -- ACADSA Appreciation Award

2013–2014 -- Robert Kroetsch Teaching Award, Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (CCWWP)

2012–2013 -- ACADSA Appreciation Award

2012–2013 -- Alberta College of Art + Design Teaching Excellence Award

2011 -- "Top 50 indie artists of the last 15 years", Broken Pencil

2007 -- Volunteer of the Year Award, Alberta Magazine Publishers’ Association