New Poetry Contest Is Delicious

March 12, 2007

TORONTO: Hungry poets/ a new challenge sprouts/ in the spring grass. The Tofu Haiku poetry contest is a celebration of the classical poetic form of haiku, and the ancient culinary marvel known as tofu.

Hosted by the Toronto Vegetarian Association, the contest will be judged by some well-known members of Canada’s literary and vegetarian communities. “We’re excited to have such a wonderful panel of Canadian experts and personalities,” says Kathleen Farley, Executive Director. “Many people know John K. Samson from Canadian indie rock band The Weakerthans, but he’s also two-time champion of Canada Reads [CBC’s annual literature competition]. We’re thrilled to have him participate.”

Judges also include Brock University professor and poet Gregory Betts, expat haiku writer and editor Michael Dylan Welch, Toronto-based performance poet Jill Binder, and Victoria author Sarah Kramer. “It’s great to have Sarah on board; her cookbooks are essential reading for tofu enthusiasts,” adds Farley. Kramer is author of the wildly popular vegetarian cookbooks How it all Vegan, The Garden of Vegan and La Dolce Vegan.

Although the contest is a departure from the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s usual activities, it’s not a surprising one. “People know us as the organizers of Toronto’s Annual Vegetarian Food Fair,” says Farley. “This contest has the same celebratory purpose. Canadians are sick of spam haiku, and this contest promotes a healthier, more delicious alternative!”

The contest opens March 12; deadline for entries is May 21, 2007. More details are available on Winning submissions will receive tofu-related clothing, publications, and food products. The best Tofu Haiku will be published on

Founded in 1945, the Toronto Vegetarian Association is the largest city-based vegetarian organization in North America. With over 1,200 members, the Toronto Vegetarian Association is a registered non-profit charitable organization. Its mission is to inspire people to choose a healthier, greener, more peaceful lifestyle.

For more information visit or call 416-544-9800.

Media Contact:
David Alexander
Administrative Assistant and
Tofu Haiku Co-Founder