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. He can be found online at www.derekbeaulieu.ca  

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Steven Ross Smith on being appointed Banff Poet Laureate

Steven Ross Smith on being appointed Banff Poet Laureate (2018): 

It’s an honour to be named Banff Poet Laureate. Banff has a long history of attracting and inspiring artists, musical, visual and verbal. Poet Jon Whyte lived and wrote here for many years; Earle Birney and Al Purdy passed through; Chic Scott is intrinsic here; poet Charles Noble has been coming here for decades; songwriter Amelie Patterson grew up in Banff.  I look forward to representing the poets and writers of Banff and the Bow Valley and I hope to initiate awareness of writerly activity among residents and visitors.

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