What’s old is new again

January 5, 2016

The rumours are true: we’re dusting off our shoulders and readying our book-assembly skills to prep some new titles for spring 2016. Keep your eyes on this space (and likely this space, and this one, and this one) for updates.

Come and meet our press

October 26, 2012

We’ll be shilling our wares at the latest installation of the Meet the Presses Indie Lit Market on November 17, 2012. There’s nothing hot off the press at the moment, but our table will be full of plenty of oldies and goodies, including still-newish titles by Matthew Tierney and Julie Cameron Grey!

Dozens of other fabulous presses are participating, and Meet the Presses is set to announce the 2012 winner of the bpNichol Chapbook Award during the market. It’s two events in one!

Come and say hi between noon and 4:30 at the Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Street in Toronto.

A flea in your ear

July 5, 2012

We’ll be taking part in the second-ever Junction Flea this coming Sunday, July 8. TERU and our mechanical compatriots, Toronto Poetry Vendors, will be setting up shop from 9-4, rain or shine. Come and wander by Dundas and Keele and drop some change on poems, chapbooks (including newish titles by Matthew Tierney and Julie Cameron Grey) and broadsides galore – and check out all the other amazing vendors. It’d be swell to see you!

rob mclennan talks TERU (and four other amazing Canadian small/micro presses, including Apt. 9, AngelHousePress, Nomados and Greenboathouse) with the Australia-based Cordite Poetry Review. Thanks, rob!

TERU at Boneshaker

March 15, 2012

UPDATE: Due to the strike by the Toronto Public Library Workers’ Union, this reading has been cancelled.

The lovely Boneshaker reading series is playing host to two TERU authors: Julie Cameron Gray (Coordinating Geometry) and Matthew Tierney (Clock Radio Poems). Come on out and listen to some brand-spanking-new poetry!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
7:00 pm

St. Clair/Silverthorn Library
1748 St. Clair Ave W

Review Time

March 15, 2012

“There is an endearing sense of intimacy and honesty in the best of Lea’s work, without any sense of empty trendiness.” View the original over at The Puritan, or click on the thumbnail to read on here!


And rob mclennan blogs about Julie Cameron Gray’s Coordinating Geometry over here – “It’s as though her poems are still working to discover a balance between ease and seriousness, working still to hold back a formal sense from tripping her up. “

And, we’re back.

November 2, 2011

It’s been a long hiatus for us over here at TERU… turns out getting married takes up WAY more of your time than you’d think, even when the wedding is simply and lovely. But now that we’re all done celebrating our nuptials, we’re ready to celebrate the release of our two fabulous new chapbooks: Julie Cameron Gray’s Coordinating Geometry and Nick Lea’s Actual Girl! And of course all of our older, but not any less fabulous, chapbooks and broadsides will be available for your purchasing pleasure, too.

Both books will be available at the Ottawa Small Press Fair this Saturday (12-5) at the Jack Purcell Community Centre (320 Jack Purcell Lane). Nick’s also reading at the Carleton Tavern the night before, if you prefer your poetry out loud.

And to tide you over until then, we’ll be on the Ottawa airwaves today, just in time for rush hour! Tune in to Click here today (Wednesday Nov. 2) at 5 pm, on CHUO-FM89, for an interview with yours truly.

We’ll be trotting out a lone new(ish) title for the Meet the Presses Screaming Chapbook Market on Saturday, July 9 – Stowaway by the lovely Carey Toane. Here’s the details:

Meet the Presses Screaming Chapbook Market
Saturday, July 9, noon till 5 pm
Clinton’s Tavern, 693 Bloor West

Presented by the Meet the Presses Collective

Scream Unfestival event

We’ve woken early from our winter slumber to bring you, courtesy of the lovely Sachiko Murakami, a brand new broadside, Another Spring: a renga in twenty-seven parts for Japan.

Featuring a collaborative poem penned by a range of fabulously talented poets, each broadside sells for only $10, with all proceeds going to Second Harvest Japan.

We’re super pleased and honoured to have been asked to take part and donate to such a worthy cause – and to that end, we’re asking you to help us sell out our first print run! A framed broadside would make a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift…

DP gets some… love?

December 10, 2010

Head on over to rob mclennan’s blog for a glimpse into Dinosaur Porn, the anthology we put out in 2009 with the equally fabulous Ferno House. DP’s been an international bestseller (it was a hit at the Brooklyn Book Festival) and there are still a few copies availble… drop us a line if you want to get your mitts on a copy.

Pleased as punch.

September 27, 2010

We’re delighted to share an invitation Mansfield Press’s fall launch on Tuesday, October 14, where TERU cofounder Leigh Nash will be launching her first collection of poetry, Goodbye, Ukulele, alongside several other talented poets (and one non-fiction writer!).

Mansfield Press celebrates a decade of exciting literary publishing with the launch of five new books, readings by alumni of the press, door prizes, great conversation, munchies, and general hoopla! This party also marks the debut voyage of a new Mansfield imprint: “a stuart ross book”.

The launches:

Imagining Toronto — Amy Lavender Harris
Goodbye, Ukulele — Leigh Nash
At the Gates of the Theme Park — Peter Norman
Stray Dog Embassy — Natasha Nuhanovic
Winter Sport: Poems — Priscila Uppal

with guest appearances by Margaret Christakos, Diana Fitzgerald Bryden, Corrado Paina, and Ann Shin — the full line-up from Mansfield’s first year!

Hosted by Denis De Klerck and Stuart Ross

On the road again

September 1, 2010

In just over a week, we’re off to the Brooklyn Book Festival (September 12) – along with the fabulous Toronto Poetry Vendors – to hock our literary wares and test our luck at fame and fortune. We’ll have chapbooks and broadsides for sale, so tell all of your New York friends to swing by!

This coming Saturday, July 24, TERU will be participating in the Barns Art Market (BAM!) at Artscape Wychwood Barns (address: 601 Christie Street) from 10:00AM – 5:00PM.  Admission is free!

Come and peruse our selection of broadsides (designed for the 2010 Scream Literary Festival). The Barns Art Market is an exhibition and sale of artworks including painting, photography, ceramic arts and various other media … we’re told it takes place in the Covered Street (Barn 2) at the Artscape Wychwood Barns.

Also taking place on July 24 is  Event Horizon: a lecture and discussion on what it means to be avant-garde from 12-5pm at Of Swallows, Their Deeds, and the Winter Below (283 College St).

Artistic Director Bill Kennedy holds a lecture and discussion on David Antin’s what it means to be avant-garde in relation to this year’s Scream Literary Festival. The sympathetic and the skeptical are equally welcome. Foregone conclusions are not. The $20 admission includes a copy of the TERU edition, with the remaining proceeds going to The Toronto New School of Writing.

It’s here! We’ve produced broadsides for 10 of tonight’s 12 Scream in High Park Mainstage readers – Gil Adamson, Tony Burgess, Angela Carr, Brian Joseph Davis, Jeff Derksen, Linh Dinh, Michael Lista, Damian Rogers, Ken Sparling and Sherwin Tjia – with a mix of new and old work. Collect them all!

The ephemera we’ve produced for other Scream events will be available for purchase following the Scream, too. Visit our Etsy shop beginning July 14, 2010!

No, we didn’t partake in any of the G20 hootenanny last weekend.

We’ve partnered with a far more radical cause: This year, TERU is working with the Scream Literary Festival to produce limited-run chapbooks and broadsides for a variety of Scream events. For the next week, we’ll be your personal “chapmen” – though of a more gender-equal variety – and itinerant dealers in all things Scream.

Look for a full list of works we’ll be publishing soon.

Save This Ain’t!

June 25, 2010

One of our favourite bookstores ever, This Ain’t the Rosedale Library, has fallen upon hard times, and one of our favourite presses ever, Pedlar Press, is trying to help them out.

On Saturday, June 26, from 9 am to 1 pm, all Pedlar titles on the table will be $5 or $10. Half the proceeds will go to This Ain’t The Rosedale Library. Stop by the corner of Madison & Dupont, or in the event of rain, the porch at 191 Madison Avenue, south of Dupont. You can view the Pedlar Press catalogue here.

Aaron Tucker has had poems and reviews published in magazines across Canada and is currently working on a poetry project tentatively titled apartments, a portion of which was published by the Emergency Response Unit as a chapbook (recently shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award), and above/ground press. He also edits and contributes to the online review site agorareview.ca. He teaches and writes in Toronto.

Read the full interview.

Hip Hip Hooray!

May 30, 2010

What wonderful news! The shortlist for the bpNichol Chapbook Award was leaked Thursday, May 27, and to our delight, Aaron Tucker’s fabulous chapbook apartments made the list. Three cheers for Aaron, and the rest of the shortlist:

Aaron Tucker, apartments, The Emergency Response Unit

Mark Callanan, Sea Legend, Frog Hollow Press

Larisssa Lai, Eggs in the Basement, Nomados

Alisha Piercy, you have hair like flags, flags that point in many directions at once but cannot pinpoint land when lost at sea, Your Lips To Mine Press

The winner will be announced at the bpNichol Chapbook Award Night, Wednesday, June 23, 2010. Check out the Facebook Invite for further details.

February 3, 2010

A Launch Party Sixty-Five Million Years In The Making. Well, more like six months, but hey – thanks for your patience.

Thursday, January 28, 2010 | 7:30 pm
The Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue, Toronto

DINOSAUR PORN has been lovingly edited and designed by the DIY dream team combination of Ferno House and The Emergency Response Unit. This is a limited-edition, lovingly handcrafted, and perfect bound collection of poetry and fiction.

DINOSAUR PORN features the prehistoric poetry and/or fleshy fiction of Louise Bak, Gary Barwin, David Brock, Andrew Faulkner, Warren Dean Fulton, Spencer Gordon, Corrigan Hammond, Joe Hickey, Penn Kemp, Henry Lee, Christine McNair, Dave Miller, Nathaniel G. Moore, James Nadel, Leigh Nash, Kenneth Pobo, Shannon Rayne, Carey Toane, Jordan Trethewey, and Sara Wilson.

So join us for a night of merryment, and come pick up this weighty tome for a mere $15. Other chapbooks released by Ferno House and The Emergency Response Unit will be availble for sale, as well.

To help us hatch this behemoth, we’ve invited some contributors to come and read their work. Come see readings by:

Louise Bak, Gary Barwin, David Brock, David Miller, Nathaniel G. Moore, Christine McNair, and Carey Toane.

Get a taste of the action here.

Make it your New Year’s resolution to send us your chapbook manuscript for consideration. We’re only reading until the end of January. Submission guidelines here.

Going live

November 26, 2009

On Tuesday, December 1, from 2-3 pm, we’ll be on air with Charlie Huisken (of This Ain’t the Rosedale Library fame) to talk about our chapbooks and small-pressing-it. Tune your radio in to CKLN at 88.1 FM, or listen online at www.ckln.fm!

We’ve taken the plunge

November 25, 2009

That’s right – we’re pleased to announce that our chapbooks are now available for your purchasing pleasure at http://www.etsy.com/shop/TERUBooks! See? Look how easy we just made impulse buying. We’re looking out for you.

Coming next weekend to a small press fair near you (listen up, Ottawa!), we’re proud to present our All-Star Fall 2009 lineup:

Water Upsets Stone Cameron Anstee

Gasmask Summer David Brock

Letter on St. Valentine’s Day Elisabeth de Mariaffi

Vox Populism Jacob McArthur Mooney

apartments Aaron Tucker

Our lovely books will be making their debut at the Ottawa Small Press Fair on Saturday, November 28 at the Jack Purcell Community Centre (320 Jack Purcell Lane, just off of Elgin, at Gilmour). We’ll be there from  12-5. Will you?

Like a beacon in the cold, quiet world of chapbook publishing, The Chapbook Review is, according to their website, “A monthly online literary journal focused on the critical examination of the venerable chapbook: slim, soft-cover books, usually inexpensively produced and independently published.” This description of the chapbook warms our lonely hearts. Check out the latest issue, featuring the Chapbook Publishers Roundtable 2009, here.

In other news, we just received a batch of absolutely beautiful chapbooks from the new-ish Ottawa-based Apt. 9 Press, run by our very own Cameron Anstee; we’re publishing his chapbook, Water Upsets Stone, any day now. It too will be beautiful.

All right. Back to the grindstone.

Porn Buzz

October 18, 2009

Well, we’re still slaving away with good ol’ Ferno House to pull together Dinosaur Porn, out sometime this fall. To tide you over, check out this interview with Spencer Gordon (of Ferno House) about our hot little project.

Better than Body Worlds

October 12, 2009

From November 4-6, York University is playing host to Bodyworks, a symposium linking sports, art, and culture. With free admission (registration required, though) there’s really no reason not to check it out; the program includes art exhibitions, film screenings, keynote lectures and panels featuring Olympic athletes and cultural activists, and even creative writing workshops for athletes – or those interested in sports writing. As we have a mean backhand, we’ll be there with bells on. You?


September 23, 2009

Our thunderous forthcoming anthology Dinosaur Porn (with Ferno House) gets a mention over at Open Book Toronto. Rawr.

Also, now’s your chance to get your hands on last season’s still-hot chapbooks: we’ll have a few titles for sale at the Mansfield Press table this weekend at Word on the Street (September 26, 11-6). Stop by and say hello!

We are now accepting poetry, prose, and non-fiction submissions of any length relating to the theme Dinosaur Porn.

dinosaur n.

1. Any chiefly terrestrial, herbivorous or carnivorous reptile of the extinct orders Saurischia and Ornithischia, from the Mesozoic Era, certain species of which are the largest known land animals.

2. Something that is unwieldy in size, anachronistically outmoded, or unable to adapt to change: The old steel mill was a dinosaur that cost the company millions to operate.

porn n.

1. Sexually explicit pictures, writing, or other material whose primary purpose is to cause sexual arousal.

2. The presentation or production of this material.

3. Lurid or sensational material: “Recent novels about the Holocaust have kept Hitler well offstage [so as] to avoid the … pornography of the era” (Morris Dickstein).

dinosaur porn n.

1. Sexually explicit pictures, writing, or other material whose primary purpose is to cause sexual arousal in any chiefly terrestrial, herbivorous or carnivorous reptile of the extinct orders Saurischia and Ornithischia, from the Mesozoic Era, certain species of which are the largest known land animals.

2. The presentation or production of this material.

3. Lurid or sensational material that is unwieldy in size, anachronistically outmoded, or unable to adapt to change.

The small press DIY dream team of Ferno House and The Emergency Response Unit wants your writing that takes the prompt Dinosaur Porn as inspiration and a springboard for bigger and better things.


For each submission, the title, genre, and word count of the work should appear in the subject line as well as the name of the author.

Please include contact information, a very short bio (including a list of previous publications), and returning email address in the body of the email.

The actual work can be submitted as a Microsoft Word or .rtf attachment. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

Deadline: August 7, 2009

Send all submissions to: pornsaurus@gmail.com. For real.

Oh me, oh my

June 14, 2009

One of our illustrious authors (and press co-founder), Andrew Faulkner, has got himself onto the shortlist for the 2009 bpNichol Chapbook Award for Useful Knots and How to Tie Them

Gary Barwin, of Chora Sea fame, also made the list for his chapbook Inverting the Deer published by his own serif of nottingham editions. In fact, congrats to the whole damn shortlist: 

John R. Barlow, The Longest Day
Gary Barwin, Inverting the Deer
Andrew Faulkner, Useful Knots and How to Tie Them
Daphne Marlatt, Between Brush Strokes
Sandra Ridley, Lift

[Golf claps]


February 25, 2009

Our Feb. 23 launch was a smashing success, thanks to all our fantastic authors/readers and everyone who made it out on such a cold night. You warmed our hearts. We hope our books warm yours.

The GBs Storm Ottawa

February 12, 2009

The GBs (Gary Barwin & Gregory Betts) perform THE OBVIOUS FLAP, a performance text with dialogue, mixed-media & sound poetry, at The A B Series at The Mercury Lounge (56 ByWard Market) on February 20, 2008. Doors open at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm.

In other news, The Emergency Response Unit is releasing a collaborative chapbook of theirs called Chora Sea. It’s great, and will be available for purchase on February 20 in Ottawa and on February 23 in Toronto at our fabulous launch party.

We’re having a party

February 10, 2009

That’s right, we’re finally launching our first round of chapbooks, just in time to get you out of the house on a cold February evening. 

Monday, February 23, 2008
8 pm, readings at 8:30 pm sharp(ish)
Magpie Tavern, 831 Dundas St. W 

With readings by our fabulous first five authors

Nashira Dernesch This Snowing Under
Anya Douglas Poems
Andrew Faulkner Useful Knots and How to Tie Them
Marcus McCann Force quit
Leigh Nash five-seven-five: train poems

as well as

Gary Barwin & Gregory Betts, from their new chapbook Chora Sea 

Awesome chapbooks will be available for purchase. We’re looking forward to finally being legit.

Happy New Year!

January 2, 2009

Make buying more chapbooks your number one resolution.

Literary Speed Dating

November 27, 2008

Come by and see us at the Indie Literary Market on Saturday. You can buy a book, we can have coffee, maybe try each other on for size. Hugs and kisses, The Emergency Response Unit



November 17, 2008

Our books are hot off the press and ready to slip into your hot little hands! We have a variety of pricing options for your purchasing pleasure.

Chapbook Pricing:
















For ordering information (including shipping costs) please send us an email.


Road Trip

November 9, 2008

Our books are almost ready and we’re taking our show on the road; The Emergency Response Unit will be selling our chapbooks at the Ottawa Small Press Fair. The date is November 15, the time is noon to five, and the location is the Jack Purcell Community Centre at 320 Jack Purcell Lane, just off of Elgin, at Gilmour. Come and visit and help us sell out our first round of books!

Also, on Friday night, co-founder Andrew Faulkner will be reading at the pre-fair reading at The Carleton Tavern (223 Armstrong St., at Parkdale). Doors at 7pm, readings at 7:30pm.