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Jamie Reid was born in Timmins, Ontario in 1941. At the University of British Columbia, Reid met Warren Tallman and together with George Bowering, Fred Wah and several other writers founded TISH in 1961; they would later become collectively known as the Tish poets. In the latter half of the 1960s, Reid organized Vancouver’s first Be-In, a gathering of activists following the example of a similar event in San Francisco. In 1967 he withdrew to the countryside of the Okanagan, where he wrote his first book of poems, The Man Whose Path Was on Fire (1969), which took the Canadian literary scene by storm. Reid then travelled to central Canada and, in his words,became a fierce communist for almost twenty years, which landed him numerous visits to prison, allegedly for assaulting police officers. For the last four or five years he has been indulging his taste for Dadaism and literary anarchism by publishing a well-respected magazine of local and international avant garde writing called DaDaBaBy, through which Reid continues to do his part in disrupting and challenging contemporary economic and political structures. Reid’s poetic work is fiercely intelligent, fearlessly incisive, and always politically charged.
His recent work includes I. Another. The Space Between (Talonbooks).
November 2012 : Jamie Reid Readings This Week
September 2012 : Counterfeit Pennies - Work by Gerry Gilbert
December 2011 : Talonbooks Presents Karl and Christy Siegler's Farewell Bash
QUOTES OF NOTEI. Another. The Space Between
Jamie Reid’s later political writing packs a punch, often a dada-esque one…No one topic falls beyond Reid’s scope…
— BC Bookworld
[Reid] engages readers in a conversation, asking them always to try to make their neighbourhood, their city, their world a better place…
— Georgia Straight
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