I’m honoured to have contributed a contextualizing essay to the catalogue for the POEME OBJKT SBJKT exhibition at Paris’ l’Avant Galerie Vossen and Librairie Metamorphoses . The exhibition features text art – both digital and physical – by international practitioners, and the catalogue is lushly produced. I’m sure they’ll go quickly…

Thrilled to have work in THIS IS A POEM, an exhibition of concrete and visual poetry curated by Kevin Stebner at Calgary’s Central Public Library. My work, alongside Kyle Flemmer, Samantha Jones, Katie O’Brien, and Kevin Stebner will be on exhibit for the entire month of April — check it out!

I’m proud to announce the publication of the latest issue of THE MINUTE REVIEW!

Issue #7 – the longest issue to date at a walloping 24 pages! – features an interview with rob mclennan by Asmaa Magdy, visual poetry by petra schulze-wollgast, Danni Storm, Kevin Stebner, Joe Devlin and Sal Nunchakov, prose by Gregory Betts, and reviews by Greg Thomas, Johanna Drucker, and myself.

Truly an international whoop-up, this issue is available for $5 (CDN if in Canada, US funds if outside) via paypal to derek@housepress.ca

OR! As a special offer, you can order all 7 issues of THE MINUTE REVIEW to date for the bargain price of $30 total (once agian, CDN if you’re in Canada, US funds if outside).

In celebration of 25 years of smallpress publishing under the housepress an No Press imprints, I am proud the announce the publication of


Featuring essays, creative contributions, and reflections by Kyle Schlesinger, Charles Bernstein, Sacha Archer, Nasser Hussain, Richard Harrison, Kit Dobson, Gregory Betts, Gary Barwin, George Bowering, Al Filreis, Peter Jaeger, Joakim Norling, Cameron Anstee, Johanna Drucker, Kyle Flemmer, petra schulze-wollgast, Christian Bok, Nick Montfort, Eric Schmaltz, Dani Spinosa, Helen Hajnoczky, bill bissett, Aaron Tucker, rob mclennan, Edric Mesmer, and the editor.

76 pages text and B&W images, perfect bound.

Now available for order for $14.07 CDN + postage through blurb.

Way back in filling Station # 23 (2001), Melody Jacobson and I contributed the hand-written chart “The History of Calgary Art Magazines So Far …” which listed the timeline of arts/literature magazines from Calgary to the best of our knowledge.

That chart looked like this:

obviously much has changed in the 22 (!!??) years since that original publication, and several of the magazines listed have since shuttered, only to be replaced by others in an on-going foment/instigation.

I’ve created a rough-and-ready update of that chart here:

and i am very interested in any additions/revisions/changes that readers might be able to offer.

This is very much an informal draft – a working document – and input is more than welcome.



Thrilled that rob mclennan’s above/ground press has just published my chapbook ONTARIO HYDRO, a suite of visual poems manipulating and responding to corporate logos! Copies are available straight from rob, the little engine of small press publishing.

Thank you so much Astra Papachristodoulou for considering Surface Tension one of your “Books of the Year” in the Poetry Society’s Poetry News!:

CARVE OR MELT MEETS SCRATCH AND TINT by Jeff Crouch and I – a beautiful suite of full-colour responses/conversations in response to SURFACE TENSION – is now available from Paper View Books!