Author of nine books of poetry, fiction and visual poetry (link:http://derekbeaulieu.wordpress.com/). In addition to being short=listed for the position of Calgary’s first poet laureate, in 2011 he was named by Broken Pencil Magazine as one of Canada’s “Top 50 indie artists of the last 15 years” and in 2007 was the Alberta Magazine Publishers’ Association’s Volunteer of the Year. His work connects sampling, comic books, visual poetry and a playful creativity – and has been recognized internationally as being some of the most challenging being produced in Canada. His visual poetry has even been projected 60 feet tall on the side of the Calgary Tower (link:http://derekbeaulieu.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/calgary-tower-wordfest-01.jpg)
Thriving under pressure
Discuss how poets and fiction writers have found means of making language flourish under the most rigorous of restrictions; hone your voice through exercises related to some of the most unusual contemporary books out there: narratives without words, poems without letters, throat-singing and beat-boxing, missing vowels, restricted word-counts, visual poetry, sound poetry — all of these subjects are fodder for a class which will challenge how you see writing and what it means to be a writer.
Derek Beaulieu (link: http://vimeo.com/37975499)
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