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The Writers’ Guild of Alberta has announced the recipients from the provincial literary community of The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal, with the medals awarded on December 7th in Edmonton and Calgary.

I am honoured to be one of the recipients of this prestigious award.


Derek Beaulieu not only constitutes one of the most innovative of all authors in Canada, but he has committed himself to service on behalf of others, providing leadership in the arts throughout his career and promoting the poetic merits of Canada to audiences around the world.

THE MINUTE REVIEW, a small magazine, is now accepting submissions of reviews!

Reviews should be between 300-500 words (DOC or PDF file formats) and can be critical, creative, or conversational in tone but should focus on the discussion of experimental, risk-taking, formally-innovative editions of poetry, prose or non-fiction. I am also open to short interviews, or other forms which may seem appropriate.

Submissions for THE MINUTE REVIEW #6 are requested by December 1st, 2022, and for #7 by March 1st, 2023.

Please note that the magazine is printed in B&W and so all images potentially submitted much be B&W, and will be scaled to fit within the page size.

As a tiny magazine, THE MINUTE REVIEW will be able to “pay” with 2 printed copies of the issue in which a review appears — and all issues will also be available online as free downloadable PDFs to help circulate the discussion of new writing.

Please send reviews for consideration to derek beaulieu at …

Sal Nunchakov at Paper View Books has transformed my likeness into a working QR code …

STORY OF THE DOOR new from Sal Nunkachov’s Paper View Books

No Press is proud to announce the publication of:


by Astra Papachristodoulou

published in an edition of 50 full-colour copies (only 25 of which are for sale), each handsewn.

Copies are available for $10 (including postage)

contact to order

It was such a pleasure hosting The Scotiabank Giller Prize’s Between the Pages Calgary event last night! Thank you Kim Fu, Rawi Hage, Tsering Lama, and Suzette Mayr for a great conversation!

Join me for a series of events coming up in Calgary and Banff — it would be lovely to chat poetry and celebrate the launch of Surface Tension with you all!

October 6, 7:00pm: Wordfest Calgary: Celebrating Calgary: Laureate-A-Rama with Wakefield Brewster, Kris Demeanor, Micheline Maylor, Natalie Meisner & Sheri-D Wilson, and hosted by Calgary’s former mayor Naheed Nenshi.

October 19, 7:30pm: Giller Prize Between the Pages Calgary, join me as I host a conversation with the Giller Prize shortlisted authors in celebration of their books.

October 27, 7:00pm: Surface Tension Launch. Join me at Calgary’s Shelf Life Books as we celebrate the launch of Surface Tension, new from Coach House Books

October 29, 2:00pm: Bookbinding Workshop. Banff’s Public Library will be hosting an afternoon learning how to sew three different types of books. This small workshop will fill up quick, only 10 spots available!

Surface Tension has been recently reviewed! Once by rob mclennan on his blog, and once by Michael Greenstein at The Miramichi Reader... thank you rob and Michael for taking the time to be such engaged readers of my new book!

Thrilled to see SURFACE TENSION (new from Coach House Books) on CBC’s “27 Canadian Books we can’t wait to read in September