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Steve Venright (born Steven Thomas Burton Wright, September 16, 1961 in Sarnia, Canada) is a Canadian poet, visual artist, photographer and entrepreneur.

Steve Venright, self-portrait



After moving to Toronto in the early '80s, Venright quickly integrated into a burgeoning experimental poetry scene. Venright is the author of five trade collections of poetry as well as numerous chapbooks and leaflets. His writing is characterized by compact forms, extraordinarily vivid, fantastic imagery and a frequently absurdist sense of humor. Also engaged in various forms of visual arts, including photography, collage and 'variegraphy', a term of the artist's own devising, Venright has exhibited his work in solo and group shows. His visual works also frequently appear in his books. As a photographer, he is perhaps best known for his portraits of many prominent Canadian writers.

Venright is also an entrepreneur, having created and managed Alter Sublime Neurotechnologies, Torpor Vigil Industries and TVI Soundworks. The former was a business devoted to the distribution and sale of therapeutic brainwave entrainment devices. Torpor Vigil Industries is an umbrella name for Venright's work in various media. TVI Soundworks is a Canadian avant garde/experimental music label owned by Venright, which has issued five CDs to date.


  • Floors of Enduring Beauty (Toronto: Mansfield Press, 2007)
  • Spiral Agitator (Toronto: Coach House Press, 2000)
  • Straunge Wunder (Toronto: Tortoiseshell & Black, 1996)
  • Notes Concerning the Departure of My Nervous System (Toronto: Contra Mundo Press, 1991)
  • Visitations (Toronto: Underwhich Editions, 1986)
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  • Surreal Estate (Toronto: Mercury Editions, 2005)

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