His first collection, Burn (2000), was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award. His subsequent collections, The Fat Kid (2002), Between the Walls (2005), The Reinvention of the Human Hand (2010, a finalist for the Trillium Book Award), and Don't Let It End Like This Tell Them I Said Something 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. From 2002 until 2011 he was the poetry editor for the press. He is now senior editor of Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd.