His first collection, Burn (2000), was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award. His subsequent collections, The Fat Kid (2002), Between the Walls (2005), and The Reinvention of the Human Hand (2010), have all garnered critical praise.
From 1998 to 2003, Vermeersch organized the reading series at the I.V. Lounge in downtown Toronto, hosting authors from across North America. During that time he edited the anthology The I.V. Lounge Reader (2001) for Insomniac Press. Since 2002 he has been the poetry editor for the press.