Ted Plantos

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Ted Plantos (1943–2001) was a Canadian poet, writer, editor and promoter of Canadian literature.

Ted ran the Toronto Public Library's reading series from 1970–1977. He led the People's Poetry Workshops on a weekly basis for the Toronto library system at The House On Gerard during the same time period. He co-founded and ran Old Nun Publications from 1972–1975. Old Nun magazine came out of this endeavour. He was a co-founder of the Canadian Poetry Association in January 1985. He was known as "The Poet of Parliament Street".

Ted was responsible for beginning the Milton Acorn People's Poetry Newsletter and the Milton Acorn People's Poetry Award, after his Canada-wide literary magazine, Cross Canada Writer's Quarterly was sold. He owned and ran CCWQ from 1978 - 1991 when it was purchased by Beverley Daurio and the name was changed to Paragraph magazine.

Books and chapbooks by Ted Plantos[edit]

  • The Seasons Are My Sacraments (Old Nun Publications, 1972)
  • She Wore a Streetcar to the Wedding (Missing Link, 1973)
  • All the Easy Oils of Energy (Missing Link, 1974)
  • Vigil (Pikadilly Press, 1976) ISBN 978-0-919878-10-5
  • The Light Is On My Shoulder (Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1977) ISBN 978-0-920110-06-5
  • The Universe Ends at Sherbourne & Queen (Steel Rail, 1977) ISBN 978-0-88791-009-8
  • This Tavern Has No Symmetry (Steel Rail, 1979) ISBN 978-0-88791-021-0
  • Passchendaele (Black Moss Press, 1983)
  • Heather Hits Her First Home Run (Black Moss Press, 1986)
  • The Newfy Girl, Broadside HMS Press 1988)
  • At Home on Earth (Black Moss Press, 1992)
  • Mosquito Nirvana (Wolsak and Wynn, 1993) ISBN 978-0-919897-36-6
  • Dogs Know About Parades (Black Moss Press, 1993)
  • Daybreak's Long Waking: Poems Selected and New (Black Moss Press, 1997) ISBN 978-0-88753-299-3
  • Remembrance Day: essays on John McCrae's In Flanders Fields (HMS Press, 1997)
  • The Shanghai Noodle Killing (Seraphim Editions, 2000) ISBN 978-0-9699639-7-4

People's Poetry anthologies[edit]

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