Reaney James

James Reaney (1926-2008) a Life Member of the League of Canadian Poets, was born near Stratford, Ontario in 1926. He taught English at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Manitoba. In 1966 he established a workshop for theatrical experiments in London, Ontario, and from 1969 to 1979 he edited and printed Alphabet: The Iconography of the Imagination. In addition to experimental collages for radio, he coauthored (with Jon Beckwith) three operas, Night Blooming Cereus (1960), Th Shivaree (1982) and Crazy To Kill (1988). His play Colours in the Dark was produced at the Stratford Festival, the National Arts Centre, and other theatres, and The Donnelly Trilogy toured nationally in 1975. He passed away in 2008.

Governor General's Award for Poetry, 1949, 1958.
Governor General's Award for Drama, 1962; finalist, 1984.
Chalmers Canadian Play Award, 1974, 1975, 1976.

Selected Publications
Halloween. (Black Moss Press, 1976).
Baldoon. (Porcupine's Quill, 1977). The Dismissal. (Press Porcépic/Beach Holme Publishers, 1978).
The Dismissal. (Press Porcépic/Beach Holme Publishers, 1978).
Wacousta. (Press Porcépic, 1979).
The Boy with an R in His Hand (juvenile). (Porcupine's Quill, 1980, 1984).
Listen to the Wind (drama). (Talonbooks, 1980).
Gyroscope (drama). (Playwrights Canada Press, 1980).
Imprecations: The Art of Swearing. (Black Moss Press, 1984).
Take the Big Picture (juvenile). (Porcupine's Quill, 1986).
Performance Poems. (Moonstone Press, 1990).

Selected Anthologies
Major Plays of the Canadian Theatre, 19341984. (Irwin, 1984).
Modern Canadian Plays. (Talonbooks, 1985).
The Box Social & Other Stories. (Porcupine's Quill, 1996).

For a complete autobiography, see Contemporary Culture, Autobiography Series, ed. Joyce Nakamura, volume 15. (Yale Research Inc., Detroit, 1992).

Books in Print
Reaney, James
A Suit of Nettles (2nd ed.). Press Porcâpic/Beach Holme Publishers, 1975. $5.95 ISBN: 0-88878-069-9.
Apple Butter and Other Plays for Children (drama). Talonbooks, 1974. $6.95 ISBN: 0-88922-152-9.
Baldoon. Porcupine's Quill, 1977. $8.95 ISBN: 0-88984-018-0.
Colours in the Dark (drama). Talonbooks, 1969. $13.95 ISBN: 0-88922-001-8.
Gyroscope (drama). Playwrights Canada Press, 1983. $5.00 ISBN: 0-88754-321-9.
Imprecations: The Art of Swearing. Black Moss Press, 1984. $5.95 ISBN: 0-88753-123-7.
Listen to the Wind (drama). Talonbooks, 1980. $13.95 ISBN: 0-88922-002-6.
Performance Poems. Moonstone Press, 1990. $12.95 ISBN: 0-920259-32-4.
Selected Shorter Poems. Press Porcâpic/Beach Holme Publishers, 1975. $6.95 ISBN: 0-88878-063-X.
Take the Big Picture (juvenile). Porcupine's Quill, 1986. $8.95 ISBN: 0-88984-087-3.
The Boy with an R in His Hand (juvenile). Porcupine's Quill, 1980, 1984. $8.95 ISBN: 0-88984-059-8.
The Dismissal. Press Porcâpic/Beach Holme Publishers, 1978. $4.95 ISBN: 0-88878-147-4.
The Donnellys: A Dramatic Trilogy (drama). Press Porcâpic/Beach Holme Publishers, 1983. $14.95 ISBN: 0-88878-117-2.