Author of eight books of poetry (including a volume of his selected poetry entitled Please, No More Poetry), four volumes of conceptual fiction (most recently the short fiction collectionLocal Colour: ghosts, variations), 2 collections of critical writing and over 175 chapbooks, derek beaulieu’s work is consistently praised as some of the most radical and challenging in contemporary Canadian writing.
“Derek Beaulieu was just named Calgary’s poet laureate. I can’t imagine anyone more deserving of an award. For two decades, Derek has labored tirelessly on behalf of other poets, publishing hundreds of books by hundreds of poets, all the while producing some of the most cutting edge poetry and poetics himself. But on a larger scale, this recognition represents a watershed for innovative poetries; not since Christian Bök’s Griffin Award a decade ago has a poet of this bent been given such an official honor. One can only hope that it’s representative of a shift away from the safe and towards the contemporary. (Or perhaps it’s just Canada—something that the rest of the world can learn from). On many levels, I can’t emphasize the importance of this moment, not only for Derek, but for all of us.”
— Kenneth Goldsmith.