Wayne Ray

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Wayne Ray
Portrait of a middle-aged white person with white hair and glasses wearing an olive turtleneck sweater
Wayne Ray in 2006
Born 1950
Talladega, Alabama[1]
Nationality Canadian-American
Citizenship Canadian
Period 20th-21st Centuries

Wayne Scott Ray (born 1950) is a Canadian poet and photographer[2] active in Canadian poetry circles and organizations.

Although born in Alabama, Ray grew up in Canada (on an American military base) and became a Canadian citizen in 1978.[3] A postal worker by trade,[2] Ray began writing poetry in his late teens.[2] He has published several books of poetry and non-fiction as well as pieces in Canadian periodicals, webzines, journals and newspapers. His work has been included in anthologies[3] and he was awarded the Editors Prize for Best Poet Published in 1989 by Canadian Author and Bookman.[3]

Also active in organizing, Ray is was a founding member of the Canadian Poetry Association in 1985 and was Secretary/Treasurer of the Toronto chapter (1985–88) and the London, Ontario chapter (1992-1995), and National Coördinator. He was co-chairman of the League of Canadian Poets: Associates (Toronto) for 1985/86, was instrumental in helping establish the London (Ontario) Arts Council and was the 1999 President of the New London Arts Festival.[3]


Selected Poems[edit]

  • Ray, Wayne (1997). "Gasping for Air". In Hyland, Sheila. Strong Winds: The Second Canadian Poetry Association Anthology. Fredericton, New Brunswick: Broken Jaw Press. ISBN 0-921411-60-X. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  • Ray, Wayne (1995). "Hoarfrost". In Footman, Jennifer. An Invisible Accordion: A Canadian Poetry Association Anthology. Fredericton, New Brunswick: Broken Jaw Press. ISBN 0-921411-38-3. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  • Wayne Ray (Fall 1989). "Prisoner of War". Canadian Author & Bookman (Canadian Authors Association) 65 (1): 13. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  • Wayne Ray (April 8, 1996). "The Light Went Out Archibald Lampman". Interobang 28 (27). Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  • Wayne Ray (Winter 1998–1999). "On the Discovery of Josef Mengele AD2000". Afterthoughts 5 (2). Retrieved August 6, 2014. 

Selected nonfiction[edit]


  1. ^ "Wayne S. Ray". Author's Den. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c James Hörner. "Wayne Ray: Creative Endeavours". Canadian Content. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Wayne (Scott) Ray: Biography". Canadian Poetry Online. University of Toronto Libraries.