There's a whole lot of 'Nookish, literary action taking place in this first half of May. Big news last week—Calgary's first Poet Laureate Kris Demeanor passed over the wreath to derek beaulieu, who will serve as artistic ambassador for the citizens of Calgary from 2014–2016.
In the news release from Calgary Arts Development, President & CEO Patti Pon had this to say:
“The enthusiasm we’ve seen for the Calgary Poet Laureate has been astonishing, from the support of Calgary’s private sector to the widespread interest in the capacity for poetry to inspire and build community. On behalf of Calgary Arts Development and the citizens of Calgary, I would like to thank Kris for his service to the city during his time as Calgary Poet Laureate, and welcome derek beaulieu to the role. I look forward to witnessing how derek’s artistry will enrich our civic landscape over the next two years.”
To dive into beaulieu's work, you can find many of his publications on the shelves of your local library:
GRAND OPENING of Loft 112
You can also meet the new Poet Laureate at a very exciting event taking place this Saturday, May 10—it's the GRAND OPENING of Loft 112! For months we've been hearing the most promising rumblings coming out of the East Village: the opening of a community writing centre, a place for Calgary artists to meet and develop ideas, and now the time is finally here! The day of celebration will feature readings every hour from some of the city's top notch writing talent, including two former library WIRs, Naomi Lewis and Barb Howard, as well as Jani Krulc, Sara Tilley, and outgoing Poet Laureate Kris Demeanor. Check out the full schedule of readings.
The 'Loft is only a few minutes walk from the Central Library, so make sure to drop by the party before or after your CAFE workshop with us in Self-Editing 101. The workshop is now full but if you're still looking to fill that appetite for inspiration the Fish Creek Library will be hosting highly acclaimed author Kenneth Oppel for the presentation of his new novel 'Boundless'.
Busy day. May the tenth be with you.
May the 7th, too! Great event tonight at the Owl's Nest...
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