On August 21st derek beaulieu gave a reading from his new work of conceptual fiction How to Write at Monastiraki in Montreal. I apologize in advance for the wobbly video… I have a lot of things going for me, but a steady hand is apparently not one of them. If you can get past the trembling screen, though, you’ll get to enjoy beaulieu’s reading of the first piece from How to Write entitled “Nothing Odd Can Last,” a collection of plundered questions about the famous novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. I’ll also be interviewing beaulieu about his book, so if you have any questions for beaulieu about this piece or about any other section of How to Write, let me know.

Helen Hajnoczky’s first book, Poets and Killers: A Life in Advertising, is forthcoming this fall from Snare Books. She is now living in Montreal, and wants you to tell her about all the awesome poetry things she needs to check out!