Derek Beaulieu

About Derek Beaulieu

Safety and Security

Artist’s Statement

For the creation of Seven Approximate Circles, the seven participants in the “Safety & Security” discussion group of the Common Ground Dinner Series were asked to bring a small pebble from “home” (however they defined the word). Beaulieu then traced each pebble once with ink diluted in the water of Calgary’s Bow River (and applied with a horse hair brush) and six additional times with graphite – seven tracings per pebble. Echoing the treaty number of the Calgary region (Treaty 7), the seven sacred teachings, and the changing vision of home; Seven Approximate Circles leaves their gestures open, searching for closure; lines bent in healing discussion.


Statement of Hope

Together, our shared hope for the future of the Land and Safety and Security is committing to the Seven Grandfather teachings of respect, honesty, truth, love, courage, wisdom, and humility.



Derek Beaulieu is the author of eight collections of poetry, six collections of conceptual fiction, and two collections of essays. He is the publisher of the acclaimed no press and is the visual poetry editor at UBUWeb. Beaulieu has exhibited his work across Canada, the United States, and Europe and is an award-winning college instructor. Derek Beaulieu was the 2014–2016 Poet Laureate of Calgary.