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New Beginnings

“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes around again in another form.” -Rumi

Not all wisdom is meant to be taken literally. Sometimes when we lose something dear to us, it may not appear again in a form we recognize. But it might come around again as a variation on the theme we know and love so well. While we grieve a loss, we may also find that we are presented with new opportunity. That is how the world works. There is no rule that prohibits new growth just because there has been death.

Derek Beaulieu just finished editing the complete fiction of Canadian poet B.P. Nichol. In addition to this, quite astonishingly, he is hand transcribing every page of James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake one page at a time. To do this project, he keeps his eyes on the source material while allowing his hand to draw which often produces an off-kilter effect. By the end of the project, Beaulieu will have not only read every page of this notoriously difficult book, he will have hand-written it.

Beaulieu’s day job is Director of Literary Arts at Banff Center.

Beaulieu challenges his students to write work that “I don’t even recognize, I don’t even see the poetic in it, it should be so of this moment. I think that’s where poets should live. They should live in the spaces where they make something so contemporary that it’s barely even seen as writing.”

To hear more from Derek Beaulieu, former Poet Laureate of Calgary, including readings of some of his original poems, listen to the complete interview.

Pam Glick lost her brother following a long battle with cancer about ten days before she spoke to Praxis. She is presently finishing a painting that she began previously but that she didn’t know how to finish. Shortly after arriving back in the studio following her brother’s death, she knew what to do. Her raw emotions and openness allowed her to listen to what the painting wanted her to do.

Glick’s paintings are abstract. She begins most of them on the diagonal before incorporating other lines. Many of her recent works are based on Niagara Falls USA/Canada.

To hear more from Pam Glick, listen to the complete interview.

A Few Words to Keep in your Pocket:

Be vigilant for those things that spring up in the wake of what is lost.

Interviews are available on iTunes as podcasts, and for Android please click here. All weekly essay pieces in a shareable format are here. The full archive of interviews here.

Books to Read

What are you reading? Add your titles to our reading list here. Pam Glick recommends The Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel. Praxis writing coach and editor Julia is reading 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari


Werktank in Belgium invites artists to apply for their current round of funded work. They are self-described as, “a production platform for media art. Our main mission is the realisation and distribution of installation art that investigates the relation between technology and perception.

Werktank functions as a work tool for the artist and puts its artistic, technical and productional expertise at the disposal of young and emerging artists. We accompany the artist through all the phases of the creation process of media art, from the research process till the final realisation and active distribution of the work, by offering residencies, financial and productional support.

Award covers materials, lodging and travel. Artists at Werkspace have full access to facilities and tools as well as artistic support. For complete details, visit the website. Deadline is May 5.


Weekly Edited Grant and Residency Deadlines – review the list here.


Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, The Art World Demystified, Fund Your Dreams Like a Creative Genius, Sell Online Like a Creative Genius and the forthcoming Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.

Signed and doodled copies of these books can be purchased from Praxis Center.


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