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TPV Spring 2012: Sandra Ridley

Our virtual launch party continues with a contribution from Ottawa poet Sandra Ridley, reading sections of “Dead Reckoning.”


TPV Spring 2012: Gabe Foreman

TPV’s spring issue is off to the printers! Since it’s an out-of-towner issue, we thought it’d be fun to give you a taste (a listen?) of some of the contributors reading their poems Just For You. Just to tide you over till the machines are restocked.

Here’s Gabe Foreman, wondering aloud, “Should I listen to this ox?”


Who wants a prize?!

TPV is pleased as pennies to announce that our Spring 2011 issue won an honourable mention in the 2011 bpNichol Chapbook award! Operated by the Meet the Presses collective, the award “recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry published in chapbook form.” Well, that’s just dandy. We’re so happy to be a part of it.

Thanks to MTP and to all the talented Toronto poets who contributed to the issue (Laurie D Graham, Sachiko Murakami, Aisha Sasha John, Linda Besner, Mathew Henderson, Nathaniel G Moore, Adam Seelig, Moez Surani, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Matthew Tierney), and to the other winners!

The Out-of-towner Issue

As TPV awakes from its long winter’s nap, we’re happy to announce that spring 2012 will mark our first out-of-towners issue. We can’t share the whole roster with you yet (that would spoil the surprise), but let’s just say it includes Dave O’Meara, Stephanie Bolster, Gillian Sze, George Murray and Michael Crummey.

Excited yet? We sure are. Watch this space next month for the whole line-up and more surprises.

TPV @ the Tarragon!

Toronto Poetry Vendors is very excited to announce that we will soon have a machine installed at the Tarragon Theatre — one of our favourites. Erin and the team at the Tarragon also want to let you all know that they are looking for people to submit “stories of sexual awakenings and memorable moments” as part of a special Postshow Social for this Thursday’s performance of In the Next Room or the vibrator play.

Your stories will be anonymous and read by actors from the play. To submit a story:
1. Send an email to * or;

2. Leave a voice mail with your story at 416.536.5018 ex 229. (This should be a maximum of 2 minutes long) or;

3. Slip a paper submission into the slot box marked sex stories social, located in the Tarragon lobby at 30 Bridgman Ave.

Plus you can get tickets to Thursday’s show for $10 by including the promotion code ‘social’ at the Tarragon box office, and stick around for the stories afterward. We also hear there’s beer and biscotti.

TPV gets WotS lovin’

Thanks to Torontoist for the shoutout!

Candy with your culture, London?

Thanks to everyone who came out to drop some loonies and turn some dials at Word on the Street in Toronto on Sunday. We had a great time, and are three sunburns and one parking ticket the richer. Who says poetry don’t pay?

Snacks the Traveller hitched a ride back to London with Toronto Poetry Vendorette Carey Toane, who will be waiting with coins at the ready at Culture Days* this Sunday, Oct. 2, at Museum London. Museum books and catalogues will be on sale, and the city’s rare, art and indie booksellers will be on site. There’ll also be workshops and snacks and a zine table manned with local artists to help you get your zine on. Come over between 12 and 4 and say hi!

*Every day is culture day, just sayin’.