Wayne Ray

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Wayne Ray
Portrait of a middle-aged man 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 publisher 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 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 Scarborough Arts Council Poetry Contest in 1988, the London Arts Council in 1994[4] and was the 1999 President of the London New Arts Festival.[5] In January 2015 he was elected to the Board of The Ontario Poetry Society as District Area Manager.[6]


Selected Poems[edit]

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 "Wayne (Scott) Ray: Biography". Canadian Poetry Online. University of Toronto Libraries. 
  4. ^ LAC (London Arts Council) Newsletter V1N1 December 1995
  5. ^ Western University, Weldon Library Archives, LNAF records
  6. ^ http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Memberprofile046.htm