Press Release – December 9, 2021
Banff’s New Poet Laureate

The Banff Poet Laureate Committee is pleased to announce that Derek Beaulieu is Banff’s new Poet Laureate. Beaulieu’s two-year term begins January 2022.

Beaulieu says, “Banff has a long history of writing and art and I am eager to work with the town to explore the poetic possibilities of our home and community. Banff’s previous laureates Steven Ross Smith and Amelie Patterson both have left huge legacies of artistic engagement and I thank them for all their creativity. I am so excited to share my enthusiasm for poetry with our town and guests. Banff’s streets and pathways, schools and centres, have always inspired imagination; I look forward to being part of that ongoing dialogue. I am honoured to be chosen as Banff’s newest Poet Laureate, thank you!”

Derek Beaulieu is the author or editor of over twenty-five collections of poetry, prose, and literary criticism. His most recent volume of fiction, a, A Novel, was published by France’s Jean Boîte Editions, his most recent volume of poetry, Surface Tension, is forthcoming from Coach House Books in Fall of 2022. He has performed his work around the world and been published in translation in over a dozen languages. Derek is the Director of Literary Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and has won multiple local and national awards for his teaching and dedication to students.

For more information please contact:

Banff Poet Laureate, Derek Beaulieu:
Chair of Banff Poet Laureate Committee, Kurt Bagnell: