Bio Notes & Publications

Born in Winnipeg, Darren Wershler-Henry lives and works as a writer and
critic in Toronto. His first book of concrete and visual poetry,
NICHOLODEON: a book of lowerglyphs, was the first book printed by the new Coach House Books
in 1997, and is now in its second edition. NICHOLODEONLINE, the e-book version
of NICHOLODEON, is located at the following URL:

His second book of poetry, the tapeworm foundry andor the dangerous prevalence
of imagination, a strange loop of poetic propositions and recipes for
conceptual art, was published by the House of Anansi Press in 2000.

Wershler-Henry has been an active member of the small press since 1989,
editing and contributing to zines such as n-1, SinOverTan, Virus 23, and
TORQUE, a bimonthly magazine of concrete and experimental poetry. His essays
on theory and pop culture have appeared in books and periodicals including
Contemporary Verse 2, Gone to Croatan: Origins of American Dropout Culture,
Grain, Open Letter, Postmodern Apocalypse: Theory and Culture at the End,
Prairie Fire, Quarry, Quill & Quire, Rampike, Semiotext(e) Canada(s),
Sulfur, and West Coast Line.

An active contributor to online culture since 1990, when he bought his first
modem, Wershler-Henry co-authored the infamous Virus 23 Meme with Christian
B, and posted it on Andy Hawks' FutureCulture mailing list in 1993.
Douglas Rushkoff's book Media Virus: Hidden Agendas in Popular Culture (Ballantine
Books: 1994), takes its structure from and bases much of its argument on
this incident; Rushkoff writes that the philosophy behind the Virus 23 Meme
presents "the most subversive opinions that a person can hold [today]."
Wershler-Henry is currently writing his doctoral dissertation at York
University on the relationship between the typewriter and the poetics of
dictation in postmodern poetry.
Darren Wershler-Henry

220 Dunn Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M6K 2R9

"We have always made mistakes, but the greatest
mistakes are the poems we have written."

--Tristan Tzara